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  • Volunteering in Rio de Janeiro

    Children in a capoeira class, Rio de Janeiro

    This large favela complex in Rio de Janeiro is home to one of the most successful and vibrant projects in Brazil.  Through martial arts, the children and young people learn self control and discipline in a safe environment off the streets.  Our volunteers teach English and computer studies and there are opportunities to do other activities with the children and young people.  Truly a life changing experience, volunteering here is something you will never forget.

  • Have you ever dreamed of teaching children to sail dinghies in a tropical paradise?

    The commute doesn't get much better than this

    Now's your chance.  If you have the skills, you can teach children to sail dinghies in Paraty, a beautiful colonial town between Rio and Sao Paulo. 

  • Volunteer in this very special children's home in central Brazil

    Children's home, Brazil

    Volunteering in this children's home in central Brazil is a wonderful experience.  Set in a peaceful rural location it is a safe haven from the outside world giving the children the chance to thrive and grow.  You can make a difference to these children's lives and your own by spending time here, playing with them, giving them love and attention.

  • Visiting the Amazon while volunteering in Brazil




    The Amazon – how can words do it justice?  From the Andes to the Atlantic, the Amazon region encompasses the world’s mightiest river and the world’s greatest rainforest.  The statistics defy imagination.  The river discharges more water from its mouth than all of the world’s next six largest rivers combined.  It has the largest drainage basin in the world of nearly three million square miles, which is about 40% of the land mass of South America.  It accounts for approximately one fifth of the world’s total river flow. The estuary into the Atlantic Ocean is about 150 miles wide, with the mouth of the main river being 50 miles wide.  It nearly cuts the South American continent in half and indeed once flowed from east to west before the Andes thrust upwards and turned the river around.


  • Volunteer in Paraty, Brazil, Lisa Shaw, continues to help on return to Liverpool

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    Our volunteer, Lisa Shaw, in Paraty, Brazil, loved working there so much that she has agreed to continue to translate the school's website on her return to UK.  Lisa loved volunteering in Brazil and worked in this project with children from poor local families.  She started translating the website while she was there for a month in August with the idea that people in the UK will take an interest in what is happening in Brazil.  This placement is ideal for those looking for a meaningful career break in a culturally interesting and exotic part of South America.

  • Volunteering in Paraty

    Our latest volunteer in beautiful Paraty, Lisa Shaw, has settled in really quickly. 'Everyone is lovely and has made me feel very at home.'  Lisa is working in three different placements and has spent her first weekend at the International Literary Festival.  'The sun is shining and I feel like I am in paradise!'


  • Gap Years - you don't have to be fresh out of school to go!


    Have you always dreamt of working abroad, living and volunteering overseas, getting to really know the people and the culture? 

    It is never too late to have a go.  Our placements suit all ages.  As an older volunteer you can pass along wisdom, be a positive influence and share your vision.  You can raise awareness while keeping active and facing new challenges.  Join us and join the excitement.

    'Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve.  You don't have to have a college degree to serve.  You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.'    Martin Luther King.

  • Looking for a Career Break? Volunteering in South America could be just the ticket! Read on...


    You need a break and there are many reasons to go to South America, and especially to Brazil.  Vibrant culture, spectacular scenery, warm hearted people ... the list goes on.  But why volunteer during a career break?  Well, volunteering is good for you and is the way to personal growth and development. 

    You will grow from the experience, meet new people, be part of a team.  Through facing different challenges, you will develop new talents.  You will be a positive influence in somebody else's life, pass along wisdom, but you will also learn and serve.

    Volunteering - a pathway to employment.

  • Salvador, the heart of Brazil


    Everyone knows about the world-famous Brazilian carnival, but who can claim to have experienced it in the heart of Brazil's musical capital. Why not go on the trip of a lifetime to one of the 2 new projects we've opened in Salvador.

  • Who are Bowles Volunteering?


    Bowles Volunteering is an organisation committed to ethical and responsible volunteering. We have been working in this field for years and built up enduring relationships with our placements. Why not find out more about the company on the About Us link above?

  • The Website Goes Live!


    Here we go! After months of work, perfecting the designs and writing up the projects, we've ready to launch. We really hope you like the website - we want to hear what you think, so why not drop us an email on the contact page.

    It's still early days though, so stay tuned and come back for more info.

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