General

Volunteer Trip Highlight Cities:  Rio De Janiero and Salvador Bahia.  As the largest Latin American country, Brazil’s culture is entrenched in its African and Portuguese roots.   Natural attractions, adventure, history, music, dance and a multitude of colorful traditions make up the overall destination experience.

Volunteer Project Overview

The Legion of Good Will (LGW) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved communities throughout the world gain greater autonomy through educational, social, health-based, and ecumenical spiritual programs. Today, the LGW operates schools, shelters, and community centers in seven countries, including Brazil (where the organization was founded in 1950), Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Portugal, and the United States. The Legion of Good Will also has general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), sharing its knowledge and experience and helping to influence decisions on global policy.

Day 1
Early Arrival in Salvador Bahia. 

Arrive in Salvador where you will be met by the local Travel to do good guide for transfer to the Pestana Bahia Salvador Hotel

Meals include Group Dinner

Day 2
Travel to do Good Volunteer Project
Volunteer Project Partner:  The Legion of Goodwill

Brazil non profit

Mission

The mission of the Legion of Goodwill is to promote Education and Culture with Ecumenical Spirituality, so there may be Food, Security, Health and Work for everyone, in the formation of the Planetary Citizen
Volunteers will visit the Legion of Good Community Center for a day of volunteer activities that include English classes, music and games with the children and the elderly who receive services there.

Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at project
Group Dinner

Day 3
Half Day Salvador Historical Tour

Besides being home to the longest urban coastline in Brazil, Salvador offers a wealth of historical and cultural attractions that are sure to enchant visitors.

Salvador, the capital city of the state of Bahia, is a unique place where a magical air intermingles with reality to form a unique harmony. It begins with religious syncretism and continues to its striking setting of narrow streets and steep hills, forming the upper and lower city, which is connected by the famous Lacerda Elevator that carries passengers in four cabins.

In Salvador, the sun shines almost year-round, but beneath the surface beauty of beaches and the island-studded Baía de Todos os Santos (Bay of All Saints), there’s a deep and powerful culture – one that bubbles up in the areas rich cuisine and in the infectious and ever-changing rhythms of Bahian music.

During your tour you will visit Pelouinho Historical District, Lacerda Elevator, Barra Lighthouse, Bonfirm Church and Sao Marcelo Fort.

Breakfast at hotel
Group Lunch

Day 4
Rio Awaits !!!
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by a TTDG Representative for airport transfers for your morning flight to Rio.   Upon arrival in Rio you will be transferred to the 4 star Miramar by Windsor Hotel.  The afternoon and evening are free to enjoy at your leisure.

Breakfast at hotel
Lunch and dinner on your own

Day 5
Reaching the Cosme Velho district, the group will take a Swiss manufactured cogwheel train that climbs the mountain from its base to its summit. The very top is reached by climbing a flight of steps reaching the base of Christ the Redeemer statue. This statue is covered with a mosaic of soapstone and is one of Rio’s finest Art Nouveau monuments.  The view from this vantage point, includes the surrounding Tijuca National Forest below and a circle of mountains closing the horizon at the very back of the Guanabara Bay.

The Guide will take approximately 40 minutes to show the city and the statue to passengers.  After returning to the train, and descending to Cosme Velho they will board the bus to visit São Conrado and Pepino Beach, where the hang gliders soar.   Lunch will be served in a typical restaurant of Rio de Janeiro.

In the afternoon, the tour will include downtown Rio; a city that has been the capital of Colonial Brazil, as well as the capital of the Portugal and Brazil Empire.  The many attractions are the highlights of these periods and are part of the Brazilian National Heritage. A visit to Sugar Loaf, known as Rio’s postcard, is a must to visit.  Since the best time of the day to go up the cable car is later in the day tour we will end the tour at Sugar Loaf. Sugar Loaf is reached on a two-stage cable car ride. This cable car, in operation is of Italian manufacturer, takes 80 persons per trip on a 2-minute ride, each stage. The first stage, Morro da Urca – has a restaurant, amphitheater, a heliport for scenic rides as well as a lovely view of the Yacht Club and Botafogo Bay. The second stage takes one up to Sugar Loaf.  The all-encompassing view is unrivaled. This is the only site where one will have a full view of Copacabana beach.

Breakfast at hotel
Group lunch

Day 6
Your half day tour will include the South east region of Rio – SIB ANGRA DOS REIS – A half day tour of nature and local sightseeing..

Rio By Night

Dinner and Samba Show
At night, you are going to have the unique experience of eating dinner at a traditional Brazilian steak house, where you will be offered a huge variety of meats and mega salad bar with all the fixings. After a satisfying dinner, it’s off to the city’s most famous theater for an unforgettable taste of Brazilian folklore: a samba show. The entire affair is wrapped in the magical world of the Brazilian Carnival that is intertwined with colors and the sounds of exotic percussion instruments.

Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7
Free day
Evening flights departs for US at 10:50pm

Project Focus:  Volunteering with children and seniors at community center

Project Partner:  Legion of Goodwill

Travel Style:  4 Star Accommodations

AIR AND LAND FROM MIA
Double Occupancy Rates per person USD $3,798.00
Single Supplement  $850.00

Rates include meals as indicated, ground transportation, international round trip airfare from Miami, domestic round trip airfare

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