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To help children from difficult social backgrounds to grow in a safe and culturally rich environment, where they can discover and develop their abilities freely, and to promote education and values that will allow them to become better human beings. Read more
To help children from difficult social backgrounds to grow in a safe and culturally rich environment, where they can discover and develop their abilities freely, and to promote education and values that will allow them to become better human beings.
Casa do Caminho is an organization based in the rural area surrounding the town of Xerem, very close to Rio de Janeiro. We work to support children coming from poor backgrounds, and support the local public schools, which lack enough teachers. Our volunteers give language and arts lessons in these schools for free, and every weekend we host events at our headquarters where the children can come and experience cultural activities and games, and stay in a safe environment where they learn new things and acquire positive values.
I volunteered at Casa Do Caminho for one year ( five years ago) and recently returned. It was one of the best experiences of my life for many reasons. Veronica, Renato, and the volunteers at Casa Do Camino are some of the best, most caring, and kind hearted people I reasons. Here are a few...
1. You get to meet the best people I've ever known. I am a better person because I got to spend the year surrounded by people like that at Casa Do Camino. You will feel part of the community the rest of your life.
2. Giving back- giving back to kids and families in need has no better reward.
3. The nature - Although modest living, you get to live in the most beautiful nature setting (a mountainous rainforest). That environment has the freshest air you can imagine and I miss just being there now that I am back in a big city.
4. Xerem- is a great community. Very safe and I was able to make life long friends there through teaching English.
5. Rio- Close to Rio!
I volunteered at Casa do Caminho almost 4 years ago and I still consider it to be one of the best experiences of my life. I still keep in touch with many of the children and other volunteers.
The locals were warm and inviting and the volunteer work was meaningful and varied. The organization operates at a very grassroots level, with little outside funding which lends itself to opportunities to creatively implement ideas with limited resources.
If you're up for the challenge, I would highly recommend volunteering at Casa do Caminho.