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Brazil: Rio Service Adventure

Brazil: Rio Service Adventure

Experience one-of-a-kind Rio de Janeiro, also known as Cidade Maravilhosa ('the marvelous city'). Unique culture, beautiful beaches, and friendly people await.


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  • Work on urban community development projects with youth
  • Explore Rio through a guided city tour
  • Learn to samba and explore the art of capoeira, a dance-based martial art native to the region
  • Spend a weekend at a lodge in the mountains outside of the city
  • Explore the gorgeous coastline and beaches

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On this program you will experience spectacular Rio de Janeiro, from its favelas to its spectacular beachfront. Partner with a local organization to help improve conditions in the neighborhoods with the most need; from beautification projects to cleanup to improving athletic facilities and participating in sports workshops with local residents, you'll get to know the culture through its people as you work side by side.

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Community Service

Almost 25% of Rio's population lives in favelas, or marginalized neighborhoods. Many favela communities do not have running water or proper sanitation systems, and residents often do not have access to healthcare. Work with a local NGO run by favela residents on community development projects that benefit different neighborhoods throughout the city. Creating murals, infrastructure and cleanup projects, tutoring, and urban gardening are all possible areas of focus, depending on what is most needed upon our arrival.

Hands-On Learning

Take a guided city tour to get to know the ins and outs of Cidade Maravilhosa, or Marvelous City as Rio is known. With a crash course in Portuguese taught by local staff under your belt, you'll soon be haggling in the marketpkace like a pro! Music is an integral part of Brazilian culture, and you'll learn some moves in an interactive samba dance class. Taste the culture with traditional Brazilian fare like South American-style barbecue or Pão de queijo.

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Rio is home to many iconic sites; the famed Christ the Redeemer statue that towers abover the city, Copacabana and Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain are all in store! Take a break from the bustling city and head to north to explore the serene northern mountainous region. Take an excursion to Ilha Grande, a biologically diverse island just south of Rio lined with picturesque palms and home to land and marine life alike.

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Dates & Tuition

Brazil: Rio Service Adventure 21-Day Program Flagship
2020 Dates
Jun 30 - Jul 20, 2020
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 60
Language Hours: N/A
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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
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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for families and friends.

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