Friday, 05 January 2018 08:56

Volunteer Project in the Rio Carnival

Ever thought about going to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival and working as a volunteer at the same time? Iko Poran, a non profit volunteer organization in Rio is offering a volunteer program with a samba school. Foreigners can join the samba school and help with the work on the construction and design of the floats and costumes for the school. A way of diving deep inside the society, learning about the people who create everything for the samba parade. It can give you a deeper understanding of all the work behind the scenes, the preparation necessary to prepare the great day at the Sambódromo.

You can find the Carnival Volunteer Project in Iko Poran's Homepage.

Published in Culture

Many historic, colonial mansions in the traditional neighborhood of Santa Teresa are on Sale now, and prices have considerably dropped. This may be an opportunity for investors, to find real estate at a low price which may be worth a lot more in future. Investors from London and New Zealand have recently rebuilt a centenary mansion in Santa Teresa, into an Apart Hotel. 

Published in Economy

A dock in Brazil where close to a million slaves landed from Africa has been declared a Unesco world heritage site.

Valongo Wharf, in Rio de Janeiro, was the largest arrival point for slaves in Brazil, the main destination for the trade in the Americas.

Nicknamed “slave wharf”, as many as 900,000 Africans were held at the harbour to recover from their journeys across the Atlantic before being sold on at markets. Many did not survive and were buried in nearby mass graves.

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Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has commenced operations on the new light-rail vehicle (LRV) system, a move that comes just ahead of the Olympic Games this year.

Built in a two-phased approach, the 28km tramway network has three lines and 31 stations.

Phase I included the installation of the Vila de Mídia-Santo Cristo-Praça Mauá-Cinelândia stretch, and Phase II covers the Central-Barcas, Santo Cristo-América-Central-Candelária, América-Vila de Mídia, and Barcas-Santos Dumont parts.

The line was constructed and will be operated by VLT Carioca consortium, which comprises of CCR, OTP, INVEPAR, RIOPAR, BRT, and RATP Dév. Alstom is providing a full integrated tramway system under a contract awarded by the VLT Carioca consortium in September 2013.

Published in Infrastructure

Brazilian authorities issued arrest warrants on Thursday for 95 police officers in Rio de Janeiro state who they say have sold arms and tipped off drug gangs to future operations, in the largest such effort yet to root out corrupt officers.

Another 90 arrest warrants were issued for suspected drug traffickers, police and state prosecutors said in an emailed statement.

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The German descendent Florian Pfeiffer, a journalist and film maker, has created one of the most charming Bed and Breakfasts in Santa Teresa: Casa Kamayurá. The house with it's tropical garden features four generous guest rooms, all with private bathroom and stunning views over Rio de Janeiro and the Sambódromo. Breakfast with tropical fruits is being served on the terrace, and it is always very enjoyable to talk with the hosts. Many people form Switzerland and Germany fancy this place, where they feel at home, being able to talk in German, and having a peaceful quiet place just five minutes from downtown. The centre of artistic Santa Teresa is also just a few minutes away, with plenty of good restaurants, a cinema and a place with live music.

The Bed and Breakfast: a Peaceful Oasis at the Heart of the Metropolis

Here in the artist district of Santa Teresa, where our guesthouse in Rio de Janeiro, the "Casa Kamayurá" is located, you can enjoy the wonderful advantage: to be in the heart of the million metropolis and yet with enough distance to the seething everyday life of the centre. Slightly higher on the hill; A little bit hidden and yet easy to reach, it is the perfect hideaway to stop after adventurous excursions. Bedded in the green of the adjacent Tijuca Park you can experience the flair of a lovingly furnished South American country house in the "Casa Kamayurá". The interior décor of this bed and breakfast in Santa Teresa with charming details gives each room an individually comfortable touch. All rooms are new and generously equipped.
Gorgeous Breakfast is being served on the terrace
Gorgeous Breakfast is being served on the terrace

Santa Teresa: A Precious Gem of the "Cidade Maravilhosa"

Santa Teresa itself – with its cafes & galleries – can be easily conquered from our guest house on foot. The centre is within 5 minutes by taxi or bus. With the "Bonde", the historical tramway The age and stationengemäß takes a little more time, one is 15-20 minutes on the way.
Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa

The Indios of "Kamayurá" Tribe created the Wall Painings and Inspired the Place's Name

The absolutely unique look of this guesthouse has received the "Casa Kamayurá" from the Tribe of the Kamayurá: the façade painting is, as it were, the very personal inauguration gift of the Indians from the Amazon region, who have been amicably connected with Florian Pfeiffer for many years. The ornaments from the rainforest should not be used by Casa Kamayurá alone to decorate-they are lucky charms, the guesthouse and should be their guests hold.

Find here the Website and Facebook of the Charming Bed and Breakast


Casa Kamayurá - Bed and Breakfast in Santa Teresa Rio de Janeiro


Casa Kamanyurá on Facebook

Published in Tourism

Planned improvements to Rio’s favelas have meant increases in rent, forcing the poorest families into squatting in unoccupied buildings. Photographer Tariq Zaidi visits the Mangueira community favela, less than 1km from the showpiece Maracanã stadium, to see what life is like for the women living there

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Rio based volunteer organization IKPVA offers volunteer programs in Nepal. Causes range from teaching English, Medical programs to Elephant Care. The photo of a volunteer disguised as "Super Man" teaching English to young monks cought our attention. It symbolizes, how open-minded the young Buddhist monks at the monastery are, and that the volunteer work is fun. The English language is opening the doors to the world, and the Super Man stands for that - speaking the language will break the bounderies of the relative istolation of the people in Nepal, giving them "wings of super man" to fly. A rewarding experience both for the monks and the volunteers. Find the full information of the programs volunteering in Nepal on IPVA's homepage. IPVA by the way stands for Ikoporan Volunteer Abroad which started 2002 in Rio de Janeiro. They started now a Blog about volunteering abroad in order to show all the beautiful statements of volunteers in Nepal, Brazil and other countries.

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Emily's Experience with Environmental Volunteer Work at the Tijuca Rainforest

I was in Rio de Janeiro for 4 weeks helping out in the Tijuca rainforest and at the community garden in a favela. I met so many different people from all over the world and as a result, I not only learned about Brazil but many other cultures. It's a great way to get to know a city and have more of a local feel and the program itself is very reasonably priced. I would definitely consider coming back to Iko Poran for volunteering again.

  • Emily, University of Waterloo

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Volunteers come to Rio de Janeiro in order to help to build better lives for the young people and adolescents from Rio's Favelas. They encourage cultural activities, such as Capoeira, develop sports with children, teach English and many more. Felipe Murray, with his project Iko Poran facilitates for foereign volunteers to come to Brazil and have a joyful, rich experience.

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