Global Environmental
Service Learning Program 2023

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Online: June 26th to June 30th, 2023 | In-person: July 8th to July 29th, 2023
DEADLINE: April 7th, 2023

Ready to learn about making a difference?

This program will allow students to work at a Brazilian NGO in order to meet real needs in the community by applying their skills to solve and mitigate complex problems. Students will have the chance to spend several weeks working at an environmental restoration and education organization, learning more about the ways in which social and environmental issues are deeply intertwined and contributing to the mission of the organization. 

The program will be divided into a three-part experience: students will first have a virtual Portuguese crash course before landing on site to help prepare them for life in Brazil; students will then head into their service learning experience with the local NGO; and students will spend their weekends in the city of Rio de Janeiro getting to know the metropolis and participating in cultural and recreational activities. Upon arrival in Brazil, students will receive an orientation on intercultural competencies led by a local community manager.

Program Overview

This four-week experience will be broken into three parts: 


Part 1: Portuguese Crash Course

June 26th to June 30th, 2023

an online class focused on the basics of the Portuguese language, which participants will do in their home country prior to departing for Brazil

Part 2: Service Work

July 7th to July 29, 2023 (weekdays)

service learning experience with the local organization, during which time students will learn about and participate in the different functions of the organization in a hands on environment

Part 3: Cultural Excursions

July 7th to July 29, 2023 (weekends)

an opportunity to leave the service learning site to get to know the city of Rio de Janeiro through a series of weekend trips and activities

For who?

Any undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in a university or college 


NGO Host:

Participants will be working with an organization based in the state of Rio de Janeiro known as the Sinal do Vale Institute (SINAL). SINAL is a center for the regeneration of ecosystems, communities and individuals, as well as a learning and demonstration campus in the Atlantic Rainforest near Rio de Janeiro. Through projects involving reforestation, land stewardship, the bioeconomy, and waste management, SINAL is able to teach skills that people need to make positive changes together in uncertain times. Their commitment to both inner work and concrete action in the community creates a new reference for integral development. 

SINAL’s Current Projects:

Madre Frutos:

SINAL acts as a key partner for Madre Frutos, an initiative developed by a group of women associated with SINAL in 2019. It aims to source regional and organic food products through a model that regenerates the Atlantic Rainforest at the same time that it contributes to the economic livelihoods and food security of local residents living in peri-urban areas.

Rio Green Belt Initiative:

The Rio Green Belt Initiative aims to foster inclusive forest landscape restoration and food security in the Central Fluminense Mosaic region by creating an agro-ecotourism trail, connecting three restoration hubs and fostering scalable business models, new markets for agroforestry products and capacity building in local actors.

SINAL das Crianças:

Sinal das Crianças is an online platform designed to provide environmental education to primary school students in Rio de Janeiro. Especially given the rise in online learning, the tool provides an interactive experience that allows the knowledge cultivated on our campus to reach broader audiences.

Vila Limpa:

Vila Limpa is an initiative that aims to design a community-based solid waste management system in urban and peri-urban neighborhoods throughout the district of Xerém, Duque de Caxias.


Santo Antônio da Serra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the state of Rio de Janeiro is the second largest metropolis in Brazil and the sixth largest in the Americas. The state also holds a key–but endangered–piece of the country’s Atlantic Rainforest, which is estimated to provide water to 3 in 5 Brazilians. The project will be based in a small municipality situated within the Atlantic Rainforest about 40 minutes outside the city center of Rio de Janeiro. 

Program Fee:

USD 2,665*

including meals and accommodation at SINAL, three weekends trips to the city of Rio de Janeiro, Portuguese crash course, transportation to and from SINAL, and support from campus b during the program. 

*Payment can be made via Stripe or wire transfer to campus b’s account in the US. Please note that Payment Via Credit Card Stripe Platform will add a 3.9% tax to cover each transaction cost.

Interested in being a part of this program?

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