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Favela Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro

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Community in Action

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Community in Action
We are working together to continue building a community of leaders.

Community in Action (Comunidade em Ação) is a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) located in one of Rio de Janeiro's largest favela (shanty town) communities.

We are expanding our programs in this area of Rio and looking for interested volunteers to join our team as a Community in Action Fellow. Our operating model allows individuals interested in social entrepreneurship to select community development projects via our website, travel to Rio, and implement diverse outreach initiatives. The Community in Action team will provide logistics support before you travel and upon your arrival, working directly with local residents in the favela. Although diverse projects are shown on our site, we are always open to new suggestions; once accepted, you will have the opportunity to shape the program you select. All projects are flexible and we encourage proactive input to continuously enhance our services. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in International Development, Non-Profit Management, or Sustainable Enterprise.

Join the Community in Action team today and select a project in one of the following categories:

  • Education
  • Arts and Culture
  • Empowerment
  • Sports
  • Environment
  • Manual Labor Support

Benefits for Community in Action Outreach Fellows

  • Foreign volunteers gain valuable work experience that can be used for future career and educational opportunities, by becoming a Community in Action Outreach Fellow in one of Rio's largest favelas
  • Foreign volunteers have the autonomy to shape and implement outreach programs, learning how to manage grassroots change as a social entrepreneur
  • Foreign volunteers connect with local organizations and residents in the Complexo do Alemão favela through streamlined processes, learning about favela culture and new community development problem-solving approaches

Benefits for Favela Residents

  • Local residents acquire new administrative skills and learning tools to achieve educational / occupational goals
  • Local residents learn about new cultures by interacting with foreign volunteers
  • Local residents obtain new educational resources (e.g., class materials, building supplies) that they would otherwise not have access to

Fee Required


Language/Cultural Support Available




International Volunteers


Get involved today! Complete an online application: www.communityinaction.org

For questions, please send an email to: volunteer@communityinaction.org

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About Community in Action


Rua Doutor Noguchi, 371 – Ramos, Rio de Janeiro – RJ – CEP: 21060-420, BR

Mission Statement

Community in Action empowers the impoverished of Rio de Janeiro through job training and education. Our technical and cultural coursework, personal development activities, primary and secondary school tutoring, educational seminars and partnerships with private and public entities seek to connect residents with academic and employment growth opportunities. We deliver the necessary skills and knowledge to our students and community partners that allow them to compete in the job market, expand their economic horizons, and make wiser and healthier decisions for themselves and their families.


Community In Action is seeking people to empower women through arts and crafts, as well as other means. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to work with the local community and share each others strengths, build a sense of pride, and support growth through group connection and art.

Handicraft classes provide a positive social outlet and network for participants. Women are empowered to learn a new trade; their self-esteem is boosted; and they are instilled with a sense of community. Since 2005, Community in Action has been providing handicraft classes: sewing, sandal design, painting, perfumes, pottery, candles, and more. Currently we are partnering with other organizations in the community to extend our services. Classes may be held at our headquarters, a nearby community recreation center (where mothers often wait for hours while their children participate in activities), or at one of our partner schools. To partake in this program and teach a class, volunteers should have related background skills. Volunteers are responsible for providing supplies, developing lesson plans, and teaching the classes.

Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


Estrada do Itararé, 480 RamosRio de Janeiro, Brazil



  • Mentoring
  • Child Care
  • Painting
  • Sports Coaching
  • Dance
  • Home Repair


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Part Time (10-30hrs/wk)

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