Experience the Amazon, its tropical forests, abundant wildlife, and beautiful sunshine. You will explore a unique place and culture, and connect with people in ways that can contribute to their lives, as well as your own. Enjoy varied experiences–see for yourself why some call Santarem the ‘Dodge City of Brazil’; enjoy an afternoon or two relaxing on the beach. This trip can be tailored to meet travelers’ needs/requests. In Brazil, you can combine service and learning with fun!
The service focus is developed by community members and organizations according to their current needs. Often, community partners feel that learning about local culture, history, sites, and issues is as important as volunteering. Types of service may take many forms. In the past, we have:
- Helped construct a vocational training center for youth and adolescents
- Built a children’s health center that now provides healthcare to over 1000 children each month
- Developed an orthopedic workshop that provides a city of 300,000 access to affordable orthopedic shoes
- Drilled wells that bring fresh water to hundreds of people in isolated communities along the Amazon
Cultural & Recreational Activities
- Explore the rainforest on an Amazon River boat trip
- Relax on Brazilian beaches
- Tour a coffee factory
- Explore local historical sites such as Fordlandia
- Play sports with locals
- Enjoy traditional Brazilian dancing
Unique Aspects: Volunteering with partnering organizations that have been recognized for the profound value they contribute to the community by providing education to Brazilian children and ensuring that the people of the Amazon have access to healthcare. Bring about lasting change for a better world.
Accommodations: Local hotel (or hostel if desired). Accommodations can be provided according to travelers’ needs.
Best Time to Go: Year-round; even in the rainy season, showers are brief and come and go with the sun still shining each day.
Duration: 7-day minimum, group of 6 or more. For individuals, 2 week minimum.
- Community-driven service and community-based learning
- Local site coordinator and guide
- Coordinated through a nonprofit organization in which over 80% of program fees go toward programming and the community
- Dedication to working with local people and organizations
- Life-changing intercultural experiences