Rio de Janeiro: Favela House Building Projects

Company : Frontier
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 250 to 500 £ Pound (UK)

Assist in favela community development, build better lives for disadvantaged local Brazilians, take part in daily manual construction work and help improve infrastructure and facilities.

The aim of this project is to help build houses for underprivileged Brazilian families in need of adequate homes living in Rio's sprawling favelas. The favela community you will be working in will be home to families of sometimes 10 or more people, living in a hut made from scraps of plywood and canvas with inadequate amenities. These unstable constructions are no force for the elements, often letting in wind and rain, in need of crucial renovation and repairs.

The project is located in a favela community in Rio de Janeiro. You will become a part of the community working closely with like-minded fellow volunteers, construction workers, and local families, giving your time to help out where necessary. Throughout the project you will meet many welcoming local people and make lots of new friends, all while experiencing and learning about Brazilian culture and its traditions!



You will help construct simple, small yet comfortable and safe brick houses for this humble favela community. You do not need any special skills to participate in this program, just willingness and enthusiasm to join some hands-on physical work!

The program also gives you the chance to travel around the communities you are working in, exploring the country whilst getting to know the people you are helping, who will be hard working and incredibly appreciative of your contribution to their community. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference. Volunteer to help build houses for these families and experience the beautiful sights, sounds and tastes that Rio de Janeiro has to offer!

Please note there will be a professional builder on site to supervise and give you directions along the way, so there is no need to worry about your inexperience.



Whilst volunteering on this project you will be accommodated in a local guesthouse where you will share a dorm room and have hot showers, wireless internet access, cable TV, communal areas and a fully equipped kitchen for preparing meals.



  • Project fee (2 weeks) £ 479
  • Extra week £ 165
  • Registration fee £ 175


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