Volunteer at an inspiring youth centre
Volunteer with children alongside a dedicated team at a youth centre in Brazil. Located in the heart of São Paulo, the youth centre is a fantastic place for the local children to develop their skills and to meet new friends. Explore exciting, vibrant Brazil, while taking part in a worthwhile volunteering project.
This inspiring project involves volunteering in Brazil, São Paulo, at a youth centre with children and young adults.
São Paulo is a densely populated urban area. The centre encourages young people to come off the streets and get involved in fun and educational activities. School hours in Brazil are short and there is no time for art. The centre offers dance, film, music and IT facilities and a reason not to get into trouble. Over 9000 local children are involved with the centre or one of its programmes and it has now become a major employer in the area with over 30 salaried local staff and many more who work as volunteers. In 2014, Prince Harry visited the centre and was deeply moved by the dedication of the staff!
What can you do?
It’s a really exciting place to work. The role of the volunteer is to support the children at the centre and to help them to develop new skills. Encouraging the young people to come to the centre is very important because it teaches them life skills, team work and promotes fun.
If you work with children, this project can be a rewarding way to volunteer your expertise and to share your enthusiasm abroad. If you don’t work in the educational sector, don’t fear – volunteers can use their initiative and personal skills to benefit the project. We have had volunteers join us with a many different talents, including a cook who made sushi! Past volunteers have enjoyed encouraging English in the conversational English club and have equally loved learning skills from the children and workers at the centre, such as Caporeira dancing.
Exploring the local area
You certainly won’t be short of things to do. São Paulo offers great nightlife, culture and restaurants and the coast is only an hour away. If you want to visit Rio de Janiero, it is only a 50 minute flight away.
Accommodation and Food
Volunteers stay at the shared volunteer accommodation which is comfortable and on site. There are 4 rooms and 1 dormitory. The rooms tend to be reserved for long-term volunteers.
You receive a good freshly cooked lunch at the centre when you are working. You will also receive an allowance to buy food to cook in the volunteer accommodation. The accommodation has 2 bathrooms and a kitchen and living area.
- Encourage disadvantaged young people to pursue new interests.
- Make great new friends and become part of a fantastic community.
- Learn new skills, e.g. Capoeria dancing.
- Immerse yourself in exciting Brazilian life as you see the country through a local’s eyes.
- Enjoy the incredible white sandy beaches.
- Choose to take 30 optional one-on-one Portuguese lessons (£200).
Whyshould I do this?
This programme consistently receives 5* reviews because volunteers love how involved they get at the centre. It’s not easy; it is one of our tougher programmes and participants need to be prepared to get stuck in– that beign said the fun and rewards are fantastic and Brazil itself is unforgettably beautiful.
You can choose to add additional Portuguese lessons, normally one-to-one with an experienced tutor. Portuguese is the native language of a staggering 216 million people around the world and is an impressive addition to any CV or resume.
You will fly to São Paulo – Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) and you will be met and welcomed by staff from the centre, who will show you to your accommodation and introduce you to the team.
Jonathan, Oyster’s representative in Sao Paulo, is British but has lived in Brazil for all his adult life. His role is to be a helpful friend to you and steer you through difficulties of any kind. Jonathan will be able to give you advice on all aspects of living and travelling in Brazil and will keep Oyster in the UK updated throughout your time in Brazil. As the Founder of the centre, he is actively involved in all that happens.
What is provided
- Phone or face-to-face interview and initial briefing
- Access to your personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the programme and manage your booking.
- Help and advice from our UK office before departure and whilst away
- Your accommodation
- Airport pick-up
- Lunch and a food allowance for breakfast and dinner.
- Optional 30 Portuguese lessons (£200)
- Support from the Oyster representative, Jonathan, and the centre’s Volunteer coordinator.
- Oyster holds an ATOL licence and can book your return ticket to Brazil with flexible return date (airline fee levied for date changes).
- Oyster T shirt before departure
- Oyster luggage tag
On your return:
- Welcome home pack
- Certificate of Recognition (on request)
- References (on request)
What do I need
- Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months from your date of entry in Brazil
- Travel insurance
- Sending money- travelling, going out, SIM
- Any home country travel costs (to the airport)
- Return transfer to the airport