Brazil Child Care

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1. In Brief

Brazil, a land of contrasts, spreads itself over almost half of the land mass of South America, making it the continent’s largest country. Resource rich and boasting a strong manufacturing industry, Brazil is wealthy, ranked the tenth largest economy in the world. Despite its great wealth, the benefits are only being reaped by the privileged few and the gap between rich and poor is greater than almost anywhere else in the world and continues to grow at an alarming pace.

The rapid expansion of Brazilian megacities saw property prices increase drastically, making it impossible for a poor family to buy or rent a house downtown.  This expansion forced people to the city fringes to create their own houses and neighbourhoods. This led to the establishment of countless ‘favelas’ (slums or shantytowns). There are an estimated three million people living in favelas in Rio, and while the stereotypes of struggle and violence often ring true, mostly you will find vibrant and tightly knit neighbourhoods occupied by ordinary people trying to improve their lot in life.
  
Brazil's favelas are home to many children whose families cannot afford adequate childcare or early childhood education services. Because of this, many children accompany their parents to work or fend for themselves. Families need good quality, safe childcare services so that they are able to provide an income to support their families. This project aims to provide a low-cost, safe and enriching environment for families to leave their children while they are working.
 

Check out our Brazil Childcare Project Video



PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Teach with the support of other volunteers and experienced supervisors
  • Assist with the provision of educational opportunities to young people
  • Gain a unique insight into Brazilian culture and life in Rio de Janeiro

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age 18 years
  • All participants need to bring a copy of a Criminal Record background check with them to the project site

FAST FACTS

Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Activities Teach basic English
Community projects
Cultural tours with the children
Sports activities
Educational games
General maintenance
Transport Airport pickup
Accommodation Volunteer guesthouse

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel  advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
FREE Frontier TEFL Certificate
In-country Accommodation
Local orientation and training
Airport pick-up
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


 

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

To ensure children get the best start in life, they need to have the opportunity to access quality educational and development services from a young age. Because of the often prohibitive cost of early childhood education and care services in Rio, many families are unable to give their children these opportunities. This can especially be the case for single-mothers and families from very low socioeconomic backgrounds. Their incomes are often reduced because of this challenge and sometimes children have to accompany their carers to work. The project aims to help the children experience a safe and nurturing environment where they can have a chance of an education, learn to interact with others and most importantly to have fun.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Ages range from 6 months to 12 years of age, and you will be expected to pitch in wherever necessary. This may include assisting them with meals, bathroom assistance and general hygiene practices. An important part of your role will be to foster a positive, fun, motivational and informative environment for children. Together with local staff, you will need to facilitate and encourage participation in a number of activities such as arts and crafts, sports, toy play, colouring, games, swimming classes and performing arts.  You may also be required to assist with general cleaning tasks and daily upkeep of the centre.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Fly to Rio de Janeiro (GIG), where you'll be picked up by a member of in-country staff and transported to your accommodation. You will receive orientation and local information in your first few days before starting the project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in a locally owned and run guesthouse located within walking distance to the school.  Sharing a room with other volunteers, students or travellers you will have access to a kitchen, bathroom, and living area.  Laundry and Wi-Fi services are also available.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will receive your breakfast daily, but you will be responsible for preparing your own lunch and dinner. This is a great opportunity to sample local dishes and experience more of Rio. There are also food storage and cooking facilities in the guesthouse that you will have access to, and there are several supermarkets located close by. Approximately USD$50 per week should be sufficient to budget for food, but will vary dependent on individual diets, how often you eat out and how many treats and luxuries you choose to buy!

4. The reviews

A different side of Rio  | 18 Jul 2012
  “You walk off the plane in Rio, and your blood temperature goes up.  T...

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Experience and satisfaction outweighing just tourism  | 22 Nov 2010
The first two weeks were spent volunteering in a school in the favela of Julio Ontoni, Rio de Jan...

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Music (and Portuguese) - the language of Brazil  | 15 Sep 2010
My advice for anyone thinking about travelling to Brazil, is to “do it!” It was s...

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My Child Care Project in Uma Cidade Surprendente  | 7 Oct 2009
When I arrived in Rio de Janeiro International Airport on Monday the 24th August, after an 11 1/2...

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Living the vida louca in Rio de Janeiro  | 28 Sep 2009
So we are back at the orphanage this week. The kids are amazing. So keen to learn and it is ...

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A Cidade Maravilhosa!  | 17 Aug 2009
Whilst searching the internet for information on Rio de Janeiro, during moments when I was too co...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

A range of adventure and cultural activities are available in central Rio and its surrounding areas including surfing the waves off Prainha, Tijuca’s rainforest, hiking trails, breath-taking views Sugarloaf Mountain or the famous ‘Christ the redeemer’ statue….or simply take the chance to just relax on the beach at Copacabana!

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks $1,145

3 weeks $1,445

4 weeks $1,745

5 weeks $1,995

6 weeks $2,295

7 weeks $2,595

8 weeks $3,045

9 weeks $3,345

10 weeks $3,745

11 weeks $4,095

12 weeks $4,395

DEPARTURE DATES

Project start day is a Monday.

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel l advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country

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

AIRPORT INFORMATION

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

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

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 .

Visas

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.

Insurance

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.


LEGAL STATEMENT
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.

8. How to apply

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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