I was originally intending to go to Brazil to teach English in a school, however, having investigated this it would seem that it is going to be almost impossible to obtain a working visa. I am still intending to spend around 3 months in Brazil volunteering I am not sure what to do. I have seen various websites offering volunteer placements that charge rather a large amount of money for you to volunteer and I have also visited about 2 other sites that offer either free or low cost volunteering placements mostly working with children. I am travelling alone and am obviously slightly concerned for my safety, what would you advise?
I have also never done anything of this kind of thing before and have no idea what to take with me any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Brazil is a tricky one... any particular reason you chose there?
You would probably have an easier time in Ecuador or Peru as far as volunteering goes, especially if you want to just go down there and find something on your own rather than pay the two thousand dollars for a placement.
Why is getting a Brazil work visa so difficult?
Check out www.daveseslcafe.com if you have not done so already.
I agree with you (both) that grass-roots volunteer placements
in Brasil are hard to find on the internet. It is a shame because
lots of gringos would love to volunteer there.
Peru/Ecuador is a different story; there are many more volunteer options,
some will provide free food & board for longterm volunteers.
You may have seen this site: www.volunteersouthamerica.net
that lists free and grass-roots volunteer programs in South America.
Here are two other Brazil volunteer sites that aren't
on volunteersouthamerica.net because they are to expensive, just FYI
[ Edit: Edited at Sep 10, 2006 8:17 AM by stevemc ]