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Brazil Art & Design Community Project

Brazil Art & Design Community Project

Embrace the passion, energy and vibrant culture of Brazil and get involved in providing access to the arts to support community building, nurturing human creativity, and social empowerment.

Prices from $945

Embrace the passion and energy of Brazil, when you visit this country of entrancing beauty and exotic, colourful wildlife. Relax on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro where locals and tourists alike bathe and surf in the warm waters and soak up the vibrant night life. Brazil is without a doubt one of the most bewitching destinations for those on a gap year as well as shorter staying volunteers. It provides vibrant culture with great opportunities, whilst assisting worthwhile community development initiatives. This programme gives you the opportunity to explore Brazil’s colourful cultural background.

Brazil's favelas are home to thousands of underprivileged children threatened by poverty and inequality. With little hope of education, children grow up resorting to crime or through selling cheap goods on the street to survive. As a Frontier volunteer you will bring much-needed help and joy to these communities. Your help in teaching and community activities will give local children a place to escape and enjoy childhood. 


  • Promote the arts in some of Brazil's poorest areas
  • Watch the sun set over Sugar Loaf mountain from Christ the Redeemer!
  • Kick back with friends on Ipanema beach
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!


Location Brazil
Activities Arts and Design Programme
Dance, Art, Circus Acts, Acting, Singing
Transport Airport pick-up 
Accommodation Volunteer Guest House


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up 
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


There is an intense obsession with the arts in Rio de Janeiro - music, dance, and theatre are central to the Brazilian carnival culture. However, the arts are far more than just entertainment; it can be a powerful force for community building, nurturing human creativity, and social empowerment. This programme is dedicated to providing diverse populations with access to the arts empowering all Cariocas (locals from Rio) by the positive impact of the arts.

This project offers a great deal of scope for engaging the city’s most at-risk youth through an invigorating mix of music, dance, and theatre. Working with children from a number of favelas (urban slums) your efforts will play a valuable part in helping a project desperately short of resources, while allowing you to absorb the artistic vibes of Rio.


As a volunteer for the arts program, one of your main roles will be to help educate and support the children of Rio by offering a cultural and artistic education that reinforces positive interests. The vast majority of initiatives within the programme require no specific skills or training to provide an escape from the omnipresent poverty and under-employment, however if you have a special artistic ability that you would like to share, please say so!
Classes that volunteers may have the opportunity to be involved in will range from acting, singing, dancing, acrobatics, costume and set design to circus skills! As long as you are confident and willing to get involved and motivate the children to do the same, you will have a fantastically rewarding and enjoyable experience. 


You will be met upon arrival at Rio de Janerio airport by a friendly member of the in-country staff and transported to your accommodation providing you arrive on the first or third Sunday of the month. You will receive orientation and local information in your first few days before starting the project.


You will be accommodated in one of a number of volunteer guesthouses located close to the project's main office, sharing a room with other volunteers, students or travellers. You will have access to a kitchen, bathroom, and living area. A laundry service is also available.


A great aspect of this amazing project is that it is self-catered. This is a fun element of travelling away from home and a good opportunity to bond with your fellow travellers. You may also wish to explore local restaurants and market stalls. The locals tend to eat late so head out for an evening meal after 9pm if you want to avoid the tourists! Your accommodation has a kitchen with cookers, food lockers and refrigerators and there is a 24-hour grocery store one block from the accommodation in Rio. About $50 per week should be sufficient for basic diets but make sure you take a bit extra for treats and luxuries!


Transport to and from the project sites is not included but the cost is minimal.


There are so many activities to try here that you certainly won't be short of things to do in your spare time. Try scuba diving in the beautiful warm waters, swimming in forest waterfalls, hang-gliding, kite surfing, sailing, canoeing and much, much more! In the area local to the project site, you can visit the stunning urban beach where surfing and bathing is very popular, visit the lighthouse or the sculpture park, or just soak up the fascinating ambience of the town that combines Indian, Portuguese and Afro-Caribbean influences.


Project fee (2 weeks) $645

Extra week $245

Registration fee $345



Those of you wanting to join this programme over the Rio Carnival week  will need to pay an additional accommodation surcharge of R700 for the week which will be collected by the in-country staff. During Carnival week the project will be closed but you may get the opportunity to participate in Carnival activities.


2 weeks +


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)


  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Airport pick-up
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Rio de Janeiro International Apt (RJ) (GIG)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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