I'm planning to travel to Brazil in April 2010 and am looking into volunteering with children and young people in Rio de Janeiro. Does anyone know of reliable placement organisations that don't charge a fortune? So far I found Iko Poran and 2Brothers Foundation but don't know enough about them to make a decision. Anyone else in a similar situation / knows anything about volunteering in Brazil?
I know that Iko Poran is a highly reputable organisation (they're sponsored by UNDP and UNESCO), so they would be a good choice. By the way, have you checked their list of partners on their website? There's a couple of links there that may be of interest to you.
Don't know them, but 2brothers look a lot less solid. They're not clear on their partners and funds, which I find disconcerting. Also, note how all the officials have private e-mail addresses. Doesn't necessarily mean anything, but I'd be cautious.
i know travellers worldwide and have met lot of people that came to Rio because of them but well it's kinda $$$.
i also have some friends who volunteer in Rocinha and Morro dos Prazeres... What I can tell you is, they came here first and after they found a place to volunteer.
i know Casa 579 has something to do with volunteering and UMPMRS ( i thnk RS stands for Roupa Suja).
I'm going with iko poran later this year. I was interested in 2Brothers, but eventually decided against committing to Rocinha on my first trip to RdJ and by myself... but i will be checking them out while i'm there, as well as a couple of other places, so i'll let you know how it works out.
If you are there for a while, another place that looks really interesting is Casa do Caminho, just outside the city, but they have a minimum stay of 6 months.