My first experience of Brazil was on a backpacking trip across South America, just over two and a half years ago. Rio was the first stop and when I left I swore to myself that I would be back in this incredible city someday; I didn't know how, when or why, I just knew I would.
Then, in February 2017, I booked a flight back to Rio to see friends that I made during my first visit, this time for Carnival. It was supposed to be just a two-week holiday before starting a new job with a charity in London . . . well, that was eighteen months ago now! I just couldn't bring myself to leave. I was completely taken by Rio and without a job, nor any Portuguese or money, I decided that I would stay.
Why I chose to volunteer with Edumais and what I've learned from the experience, by long-term volunteer Nikola
I stumbled upon Edumais when delving into the abyss of volunteering opportunities in South America. I had backpacked in South America three years earlier and Brazil speciﬁcally had left a very strong impression on me. I had recently left my finance job in London, moved back to my parents, and had a short experience volunteering in Greece to aid in the Syrian refugee crisis. I was looking for a change but not constant change. My backpack was no longer calling me. I wanted to give back and stay long enough in a place to be able to partake in something meaningful.