When do I need to arrive in Rio?
Participants should arrive in Rio on Saturday, October 31 by noon. We are planning cultural and sightseeing activities in the afternoon. A welcome reception that evening will formally kick off the program.
Do we have to be able to speak Portuguese?
No, Portuguese language skills are not necessary. However, it will be helpful to have additional Portuguese speakers at each project site. Other Romance languages are also useful since many Spanish speakers (or speakers of any Romance language) often find it easier to understand /communicate with Portuguese speakers.
How will I know which project I am on?
During the registration process, you will be able to select your desired service projects. Final project assignments will be based upon participant preferences and the needs of our local partners. Project assignments and details will be provided to participants prior to the program, as soon as each project group is confirmed.
I have specialized skills that may be valuable to the service projects and I’d like to be involved in the project development. How can I do that?
Glad you asked! For some projects (such as legal, business, environmental, and public health), we work with a committee of specialized alumni volunteers who help shape our service projects. If you are you interested in joining a volunteer committee for the Brazil Service Tour, please contact Remy Shaber ‘98, Service Tour Coordinator, at (203) 432-1955, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org , or write to Global Imprints at email@example.com .
Can I participate if I am not affiliated with Yale?
Absolutely! We encourage family and friends to participate on the Service Tour. All helping hands are welcome. Please note that children must be at least 14 years old to participate, and all participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
I would like to travel to Brazil with other members of the Yale group. Is there a group flight to Rio?
The program fee does not include international air arrangements, since participants will be arriving from all over the U.S. and other points of origin. If several participants are traveling from the New York area, we will highlight an optional flight itinerary between New York JFK airport and Rio, so you may book that flight if you choose (in order to coordinate with fellow travelers).
What will the weather be like?
It will be spring in Brazil in November. You can expect warm, sunny days and cooler temperatures in the evening. Keep in mind that some of you may be working outdoors and it can get very hot during the day, so plan accordingly.
What will we wear?
Depending on your project placement, you will want to wear comfortable or casual work clothes. Some of you will be working at community centers and project sites in impoverished communities, often outdoors. All excursions and cultural group activities will be casual. You may want to bring a few nicer outfits for the evening receptions with Yale alumni and professional connections, but formal attire is not necessary. Be sure to bring a swimsuit if you’d like to use the outdoor pool at the inn in Rio Claro.
What will accommodations be like? We will be staying at a hotel in Rio and a simple bed and breakfast inn in Rio Claro.
What about medical emergencies? Brazil offers top quality medical care and an array of both public and private hospitals. We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which would cover you in case of a medical emergency or medical evacuation. Many travel insurance packages include both medical and trip cancellation insurance. We are happy to send you a brochure from Travel Insurance Services, or you may obtain coverage through the company of your choice.
What if I have to cancel my participation unexpectedly?
Please be aware that after May 15, 2009, the program deposit is non-refundable. Final payment is due by June 30, 2009, after which point all fees are non-refundable. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which would cover your expenses resulting from cancellation due to illness or accident. We are happy to send you a brochure from Travel Insurance Services, or you may obtain coverage through the company of your choice.
Can we attend a portion of the tour, either arriving late or leaving early?
No, we work as a family of volunteers—members of a team who will share different responsibilities and project assignments. We will have work teams for all of the projects, and teamwork means all hands on deck! You can certainly travel to Rio early or stay longer on your own, if you’d like.
What if my questions are not answered here?
We’ll be delighted to address your particular questions and concerns. For more information, please contact either Remy Shaber ‘98, Service Tour Coordinator ‘98, at (203) 432-1955, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org , or the tour operator, Global Imprints, at email@example.com . See you in Rio!