Brazil Health Promotion Programme

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1. In Brief

Visit Brazil, a country bursting with passion and vibrancy, where you can make a positive contribution to the lives of those living in its poorest areas – the favelas. Brazil is a captivating destination where you can find lush rainforests full of rare and fascinating creatures, beautiful beaches where the locals bathe in the warm waters, and the carnival spirit infusing every day with colour.

Check out our Brazil Health Promotion Project Video

Outside its cities exist the favelas; areas of extreme deprivation which suffer greatly in many respects. This programme aims to target the inadequate levels of health education and awareness that are found here. If you have an interest in a career in healthcare, are a medical student or simply have an interest in making a difference to the lives of those in need, then this exciting project is for you.




  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Promote healthcare in some of Brazil's poorest areas
  • Explore this South American jewel
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!


  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Basic Portuguese recommended
  • All participants need to bring a copy of a Criminal Recirds background check with them to the project site.


Location Brazil
Activities Health awareness campaigns
Disease prevention programmes
Educational workshops
Working on the project blog & website
Transport Airport pick-up
Transport to project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
In-country Accommodation
Project orientation and training
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers to project
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup



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


The cycle of poverty that is prevalent in many of Brazil's favelas has resulted in a myriad of health related problems. This project aims to achieve goals through a variety of different, innovative and creative strategies all aimed at supporting the AIDS and DST prevention group through educative campaigns, preservatives distribution, and workshops delivered to a variety of stakeholders in the community. The health promotion campaign is taken onto the streets of the favelas where a stall is set up to dispense help and advice about  AIDS/STD and to distribute free condoms. Besides the work of the prevention group the project has also developed extra classes for children and fabric painting lessons for women in its effort to reach the most vulnerable community members.

You can make a enormous difference to the lives of those who are living with these severe health problems, by joining this incredibly worthwhile project. At the same time, you will be building on skills that are recognised by prospective employers, university tutors, and many others. On top of this, you will be gaining team building skills, confidence, and last but not least having an unforgettable trip abroad.


Whether you are a current or prospective medical student, or simply have a genuine interest in helping deliver healthcare services to deprived communities, this project provides a wide range of exciting and valuable activities and experiences. You may be participating in health awareness campaigns and disease prevention programmes, delivering care to children and their families in specified areas, educating vulnerable community members about STDs and AIDS, assisting at educational talks and workshops to help raise awareness, or even getting involved with the project's blog and website or developing its social networking campaign! This project is all about raising awareness and working with the vulnerable local communities. This really is a once in a life time chance to experience living in Rio, to be involved directly with the provision of practical help for those who truly need it, while at the same time gaining valuable healthcare work experience essential for those intending to pursue a medical career.

3. What to expect


You'll fly to Rio de Janeiro, where you'll be collected by a friendly in-country staff member and transferred to your project site providing you arrive on the first or third Sunday of the month.


You will be accommodated in a shared volunteer house. Sharing a room with other volunteers (single sex where possible) 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-catering. 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 or try the delicious street food available at the†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 hostel 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!

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6. Extras


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 many 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.

7. Dates and Costs


Project fee (3 weeks) $995

Extra week $295

Registration fee $345



Please arrive on either the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month throughout 2015

Please be aware that there will only be one start date for December 2015 which will be to arrive on the 6th December 2015

Those of you wanting to join this programme over the Rio Carnival week (13th February-20th February 2015) 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.


Minimum 3 weeks.


Before you go

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


  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project equipment
  • 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 .


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.

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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