Brazil is in the global spotlight thanks to the 2014 World Cup and upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics, but the world’s fifth largest country is still considered a developing nation, and in need of more volunteers.

The violent crime rates in Brazil are alarming, but volunteer teachers, aids and mentors may be able to help break the cycle through education. More schooling means more job opportunities and less incentive to pursue a life of crime. In addition, Brazil’s diverse wildlife is at risk due to deforestation and urbanization. Conservation groups need volunteers to help with habitat protection and awareness campaigns.

If you’ve volunteered in Brazil we’d love to hear about your experience. Please let us know which organization you signed up with, what your trip was like and if you’d recommend the program to others.


Capital: Rio de Janeiro

Population: 202,656,788 (2014)
[Source: The World Factbook]

Religion: Roman Catholic 64.6%, other Catholic 0.4%, Protestant 22.2%, other Christian 0.7%, Spiritist 2.2%, other 1.4%, none 8%, unspecified 0.4% (2010)
[Source: The World Factbook]

Language: Portuguese (official and most widely spoken language), Spanish, German, Italian, English, Japanese, and a large amount of minor Amerindian Languages.
[Source: The World Factbook]

Location: Eastern South American, bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

Poverty Level: 21.4%
[Source: The World Factbook]


  • Coastal Rainforest and Rio de Janeiro: May-August temperatures range from mid 70’s to high 80’s, summers on the rainforest coast are hot and humid; September and October are hot and dry, November-April is rain season (December-February are the wettest months)

  • Pantanal: Wet and Dry, temperature is 70’s-80’s year round, can reach high 90’s; rainy season begins in October and lasts through March (February and March are the wettest months-plains flood), dry season is from April until September.

  • Brazilian Amazon: (inland) Humid and tropical temperature all year, can range from 80-90 degrees. Rainfall is consistent, driest months are June-September; (coastal) Hot, humid and wet- January-May has the most rainfall of the year.

  • Bahlia and the Northeast: Cool ocean breeze, cooler than other tropic areas, summer temperature stays in the 80’s, winter temperature drops to 70’s and below, driest months are October-March. Source: Brazil Seasons and Climates.


Vaccines: Routine Vaccines, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever and Rabies.
[Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention]

Currency: Brazilian Real