The Best Places To Volunteer In Rio De Janeiro

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Sarah Brown

Volunteering at the right organisation can leave travellers with a wealth of meaningful experiences and a connection with locals that would be difficult to get from simply backpacking. Be wary of volunteering programs that cost a small fortune, however – there are plenty of smaller organisations in need of help in Rio de Janeiro that offer volunteering opportunities for free.

Um Rio

Its tagline of ‘Rugby for Development’ leaves little doubt that rugby is on the curriculum yet it also teaches human rights, explores educational avenues and healthcare. Um Rio supports and provides for young people in communities and favelas that are affected by crime and violence. By creating a safe space and stimulating environment, it provides children and adolescents with access to other opportunities that are away from law-breaking activities. The organisation works in partnership with the Oxford University Rugby Club and offers various free volunteer positions.

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