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1. Posted by grr (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

I was just wondering if anyone had done volunteer work in South America through i-to-i? It seems a bit expensive but I'd like to know if its worth the money. I would be travelling on my own so wanted something a bit more structured than to just turn up and find work on my own.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

2. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 12y


I haven't been on these projects yet but I've been thinking alot about doing volunteer work for i-to-i. Unfortunately it is expensive to do but in the not too distant future I plan on going. You can go onto the website and ask them to post or e-mail you volunteer reports which detail how a volunteer has done on a certain project. All the ones I have read it seems well worth it. The website is

3. Posted by sarahb109 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

I am doing a placement with i-to-i in Olinda near Recife in Brazil in Aug. I decided to do it cos, like you, I am planning on travelling on my own. The company seem really good, have been very helpful and have given me some useful info. Also there is a message board where you can meet volunteers who are going to be in the same area at the same time, which has really helped to put me at ease. On the placement i'll be doing, the volunteers in the region all stay in the same accomodation as well which is nice.
It is expensive, but for me it is worth it for piece of mind!

4. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y

Dont do it.

Get a ticket come out here and find yourself a project.

You can do it for free. What a jip paying to work for people, thats no fun, everyone ive met says its realy easy to find projects, you can do all sorts of things, from teaching languages to manual labor.

Hope that helps?


5. Posted by thespis (Budding Member 39 posts) 12y

Mim is right . I'm Brazilian, and I've been working with volunteer work in the favelas for 12 years, and I never heard about i-to-i . Probably, with the money you will pay for them you could sponsor one whole social project. For example, do U know how much it costs to pay a teacher to work 40 hours/week? US$ 50 a week.
With US$ 2600 you pay a teacher for one year!

6. Posted by mcordero (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

Hi Grr,

I agree with mim and thespis. It seems it almost defeats the purpose of volunteering when you have to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars! Check out click on "volunteering" and then you can search by country. I just checked and there are currently 30+ opportunities throughout Brazil.

You can also search idealist for organizations within Brazil (e.g. children, environment, women's issues, human rights, etc.). If you find an org that looks interesting to you, you can email them and ask what they think about having a volunteer. The chances of them saying no are next to nothing.

Good luck!