×

Browse Programs

Brazil: Preserving the Amazon™

Brazil: Preserving the Amazon™

Welcome to the Amazon jungle, one of the last true frontiers on Earth.

Close

Like us for updates

 

Highlights

  • Live in an ecolodge on the banks of the Amazon river system
  • Learn from biologists and naturalists about the ecology of the Amazon
  • Improve access to public resources for the region’s native communities
  • Swim with pink dolphins and go cayman spotting
  • Learn about critical issues related to deforestation, logging and mining
  • Explore the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro (21-Day Flagship Program only)

Like us for updates

 

Overview

Named after female warriors of Greek mythology, the Amazon is indeed a place of mythical status. What traveler hasn't imagined a trip to the Amazon, to admire the towering canopy teeming with wildlife and the incredible river itself? Surprisingly, on a waterway whose size is legendary, it’s actually the little things that make it special: Canoeing through a flooded forest, cooking food over a bonfire, taking a dip behind Home Base, waking to the sounds of howler monkeys and squawking parrots. You’ll learn about Brazil’s contentious logging issues and how they’ve challenged life on the Amazon. On the 21-day Flagship Program, experience spectacular Rio de Janeiro as well, nicknamed Cidade Marvilhosa by its citizens—”the marvelous city.”

Teen volunteer trips to BrazilTeen volunteer trips to BrazilTeen volunteer trips to Brazil

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Get a Free Catalog

Community Service

Although Brazil has a reputation of being a lively, tropical paradise, it’s also a developing country with an enormous wealth gap that affects remote communities, especially those living on the Amazon. Help achieve social change by working on an infrastructure project: You might refurbish a school, fix a water tower or improve access to a similar community resource. On the Flagship Program, complete an urban project during your week in Rio: volunteer with children in the community, or work on a street art project, which not only beautifies the favelas—shanty towns—but also helps strengthen their crumbling walls.

Hands-On Learning

Brazil’s dilemma: Allow widespread—and profitable—destruction of the rainforest to continue, or intensify conservation efforts? Cast your vote and speak up. Learn firsthand from your Home Base neighbors how their lives are ruled by the ecology of the Amazon, even daily by the changing height of its waters. Biologists and naturalists will speak to your group about the contentious environmental and development debate, and allow you to ponder a sustainable solution. 

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Email Me an Itinerary

Adventure

Living on the Amazon is a daily adventure, with opportunities to take refreshing river dips at Home Base, swim with pink dolphins, go cayman spotting and camp overnight in the rainforest. In Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon, visit a zoo that provides safe haven for jaguars, monkeys, sloths and other wild animals that were rescued from illegal trades or forced from their habitats because of development. On the Flagship Program, experience Rio’s icons: the famed Christ statue, Copacabana and Ipanema Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain and rapid-fire samba beats.

Lodging

Home Base is an ecolodge built on the banks of the Rio Negro, the largest tributary of the Amazon and a major part of the Amazon river system. Accommodations are simple, but clean and safe. Students will live with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms. On the 21-day Flagship Program, students will spend the program’s last week in Rio de Janeiro.

Chat with Past Participants on Facebook

Dates & Tuition

Brazil: Preserving the Amazon™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jul 18 - Aug 7, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Brazil: Preserving the Amazon™ 14-Day Program
2018 Dates
Jul 1 - Jul 14, 2018
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,899
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
More Information

Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.

Alumni Experiences with @GLAteens

#MyGLA

Read the Program Blog

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Email Me an Itinerary