Build a home for a needy family

custom-made trip vacation Brazil

You can work alongside favela (“slum”) residents to help them realize their dreams.  Help paint homes, complete landscaping projects, or support basic construction tasks.  Your funding and hands-on assistance will allow a family to have a decent place to live. Maintaining and enhancing one’s shelter is a basic need that many in this region are unable to attain.

The Need

Many local residents report saving for years to repair damages caused by mudslides or storms; or to complete basic paint jobs, build separate rooms for parents and children, or make a home accessible for the elderly. Building codes are non-existent in the favela and many families build their own homes with whatever scraps of wood, brick, or metal they can find.  Your funding and service will help local residents complete home repair projects, creating a safer, healthier, and more sustainable livelihood.

Accommodation in Rio

luxury volunteer vacation Santa Teresa

A Relais and Chateau property in Rio, this hotel has appeared in numerous ‘best hotel in the world’ lists in many top publications. It overlooks the main square in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood and its interiors showcase works from several of the country’s indigenous tribes.

luxury volunteer vacation Fasano

This is the first hotel designed by the man who would define a hotel era: Philippe Starck. Oversized design features that now seem to be everywhere were first modelled here and they still look great. A highlight is the rooftop pool, and many of the rooms overlook the ocean from the fabulous Ipanema Beach.

luxury volunteer vacation Copacabana Palace

The grand old lady of luxury hotels in the city, this property has been welcoming guests for almost 100 years. Opt for one of the ocean view rooms to truly appreciate the pull of this place. The suites have their own terraces looking out over the famous beach.


This vibrant city can be all things to all people, from the madness of Mardi Gras to the beautiful people on the beaches to the permeating music to Sugarloaf Mountain and the iconic Christ the Redeemer. Once you’ve seen the sights, relax on the world’s most famous sands, and it is here that you can make a difference and help build or renovate the home of a needy family.