Volunteers

Join Onda Solidária in Brazil as a volunteer

Make a difference while having a memorable experience.

Why volunteer at Vila dos Sonhos?

Helping others simply feels good! Volunteering with us can bring fun and fulfilment to your life. You will not only have an opportunity to connect with other people and enjoy the surrounding nature, but also to enhance your career. 

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There are many ways to help - you are certain to find something you enjoy. The list of benefits is endless:

  • Learn new skills and discover your passion

  • Gain valuable work experience, gain confidence and improve your CV/resume with international experience.

  • Enjoy your free time to explore and travel to new places.

  • Gain insights into Brazilian culture that are not available for tourists.

  • Meet new people from all over the world, improve your social life and be part of a community.

  • And most importantly ... be the change you want to see in the world!

How you can volunteer?

We have many exciting volunteering opportunities on the ground in Brazil. You can volunteer in several areas, be it in projects in Vila dos Sonhos, in the offices of Onda Solidária or in partner institutions in Rio de Janeiro and other communities.

Environment

  • Volunteer on site to develop a unique and sustainable village.

  • Become ecologically active in organic gardening, planting trees and caring for the Vila's animals, like our cute goats.

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Community Life

  • Help build and renovate classrooms and other buildings in the village.

  • Help prepare delicious meals for other volunteers and participants.

  • Improve sanitation and maintain cleanliness standards in Vila dos Sonhos.

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Education

  • Motivate, accompany and support disadvantaged children and young people as mentors.

  • Teach English to the local population to strengthen cultural exchange.

  • Contribute your creativity in the development of new teaching methods.

  • Get active and teach disadvantaged communities valuable life skills such as teamwork and commitment by giving sports lessons.

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Office

  • Provide excellent project and administrative support to the fundraising and wider charity teams.

  • Contribute to the production and organisation of events and fundraising campaigns.

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Marketing

  • Keep social media content up-to-date and accurate.

  • Produce and edit videos for Onda Solidária's media channels.

  • Provide translations for marketing purposes.

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Are you an international volunteer?

That's great! Our lodge and other facilities at Vila dos Sonhos offer accommodation and everything else you might need on site.

Other volunteering opportunities

It is not only on site that you can help. There are many opportunities for you to volunteer and get involved:

  • Virtually: Carry out social networking and communication activities.

  • As a speaker: Get involved in training a target group, volunteers and staff on any topic in your field.

  • As a corporate partner: Mobilize volunteering in your organisation and contribute to Onda Solidária's projects through donations.

  • As a taxpayer: Contribute with a financial donation, regularly or occasionally, as an individual or legal entity.

 

And much more...

Requirements

Age: 18+

Language skills: Fluent in English

(Optional: Beginner or intermediate level in Portuguese)

Time commitment: 3-6 months desirable; less possible

Required documents:

  • Proof of travel insurance

  • Brazilian visa

  • International passport

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Weekly schedule

Your schedule for the week might look like this:

  • 6 hours of work from 8am to 4am every day of the week

  • The evenings and weekends are free of work so that you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the connection with nature, or travel and experience activities such as:

    • Sightseeing tours in Rio de Janeiro (2 hours away)

    • Visiting Três Rios (30 minutes away)

    • Rafting

    • Kayaking

    • As well as many other excursions and sightseeing possibilities!

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Are you interested?

Contact us and we will provide you with all further information and advice, such as cultural training, necessary preparations, ways of raising money for your trip and required bureaucratic steps.  

We can't wait to meet you!