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Ticún Brasil Volunteer Trip to Rio November 17th-24th 2012 (Thanksgiving)

March 23, 2012

The weeklong trip features volunteering, Jewish activism and sightseeing


Participants will volunteer in a favela (shantytown – Portuguese).  Our main partner is Iko Poran, the oldest and most respected Brazilian volunturism NGO in Rio (according to March 2012 edition of O Globo, the main Brazilian newspaper). Iko Poran’s mission is to help improve the lives of Brazil´s poorest.

To create a tangible effect in the course of just one week, several activities will be selected  to cover everyone’s abilities (i.e. mix of gardening, renovations, painting and library work). Each volunteer will be spending most of the daytime Monday to Thursday on one of the projects.

Jewish activism:

One of the goals of Ticún Brasil is to link two Jewish communities – US and Brazilan that share similar values and challenges. In the course of the week volunteers will have informal meetings with local Jewish leaders, intellectuals and activists of social justice (i.e. Hillel Rio de Janeiro, Centro Cultural Midrash and Edelstein Center for Social Research).

This video echoes Passover dayenu (“it would have sufficed”) story, telling about all the Hillel Rio initiatives (alas, in Portuguese only, but images are self explanatory):


Every day we will go out to explore authentic live music scene of the city. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be fully recreational and spend on the beaches, mountains and other natural wonders of Rio:

Program Dates:

November 17th – November 24th (Thanksgiving holidays).


R$ 1260 (Brazilian Reals)* per participant includes 7 days/7 nights of accommodations, transportation to and from the volunteering center, donation to the partner favela community organization (50% of the cost!), daily breakfasts, lunches on the volunteering days (Monday to Thursday), city guidebooks, 24/7 emergency contact and farewell BBQ.

Airfare, visa (needed for US citizens, but not for Israelis,  Russians, Ukranians etc.), dinners, non volunteering related transportation and activities are not included.

*Price is quoted in Brazilian Reals and valid up to May 31st,  2012. It is approximately € 550 (Euro), or $700 (US Dollars). For current exchange rates, click here.


The guesthouse (Casa Aurelia Bed and Breakfast or similar) is at Santa Teresa – hilly bohemian area with superb views over Rio, vibrant cultural life and winding cobbled streets.

The volunteers stay in shared rooms. Limited number of private rooms are available at extra cost of R$600/per person.

Application Procedures:

Request additonal info/application from After we review your completed form, you’ll be contacted for in-person interview with local Ticún Brasil coordinators.

Application Deadline:

Commitment Form and 50% of the Cost (non refundable deposit) per participant are due by May 31st, 2012.

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