About Wildlife Conservation in Brazil
Brazil is known around the world for its incredible biodiversity, and it is home to millions of varieties of plants and animals. Unfortunately, in recent years, deforestation, urbanization, and pollution have taken a toll on this diversity, leading to the extinction of many species and endangering many others. World Endeavors wildlife conservation volunteers in Brazil work to protect wildlife through habitat protection and awareness campaigns. One wildlife project connects volunteers with an organization working to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals that are trafficked or that lose their habitat due to deforestation, forest fires, or development. Volunteers support the work of local staff members in caring for the animals and protecting their habitat.
A Typical Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Brazil
World Endeavors volunteers in Brazil can expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. The sample schedule below represents a typical day for a volunteer in Brazil. Keep in mind that when volunteering abroad, a typical day can be anything but typical!
7:00 am – 7:45 am: Breakfast with your host family. Breakfast in Brazil often consists of fresh tropical fruit, cheese buns, homemade cake, and coffee.
7:45 am – 8:00am: Travel by city bus or walk to your volunteer placement or language classes
8:00 am – 12:00pm: Portuguese classes or work at your volunteer placement
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Break to eat lunch. Curitiba’s cuisine is diverse and reflects Polish, Italian, Japanese, Ukrainian, and German influences. Typical dishes include Churrasco (barbecue), Galeto Al Primo Canto (chicken roasted over hot coals), Eisbein (pork cooked with spices and served with potatoes), and Arroz de carreteiro (rice with jerked beef). For most Brazilians, lunch is the largest meal of the day.
1:00-4:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement or free afternoon
4:00 – 7:00: Free time to explore the city, watch a soccer match, walk through Tangúa Park, meet up with friends at the Botanical Garden, or visit some of the city’s many museums and shops.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner with your host family. Dinners in Brazil are not typically hot meals, and usually consist of salads, soups, or sandwiches.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Relax at home, watch a movie, practice Portuguese with your host family, read a book, prepare for the next day’s volunteering, or plan a weekend visit to Feirinha do Largo da Ordem (Sunday open air market), trip to the beautiful beaches and islands to relax or go snorkeling, or further inland to countryside to explore or go hiking.
Project and class schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the details of your placement.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Brazilian culture.
The experience has made me grow in so many ways and made me more confident in myself. I will be able to carry that with me every day.
-Lindsey, Volunteer in Brazil
Ram is a medical student from Canada who went to medical school in Croatia. He was a healthcare volunteer in Brazil with World Endeavors.