Favela Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro



Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Rio de Janeiro


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

We welcome



International Volunteers

How To Apply

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

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