Short-term mission teams are at the heart of our missional partnership with the Methodist Church of Brazil. If you are interested in leading a team to Brazil, the first steps are to participate in a team yourself and attend a Volunteer in Mission Team Leader training event. If you have done both, please contact David Vaughan, the Initiatives of Hope Coordinator for Brazil, at (434) 825-3542 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to begin planning your trip.

  • Do I need a passport to travel to Brazil?

Yes, any US citizen interested in traveling to Brazil should apply for a passport as early as possible in their trip planning. Passport information is available at travel.state.gov/passport.

  • Do I need a visa to travel to Brazil?

Yes. Regardless of the type of work they expect to do, any US citizen volunteering in Brazil must apply for a "Tourist" visa. The visas must be obtained in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to the traveler's place of residence. Visa information is available at http://cgwashington.itamaraty.gov.br/pt-br/.

  • Will I need any shots or inoculations prior to my trip?

Please consult with your physician as soon as you decide to travel to Brazil. Generally, vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and typhoid is sufficient. Volunteers traveling to the Amazon or other parts of Brazil may need anti- malarial or other medication as well.

  • What if I don't speak Portuguese?

Don't worry; most volunteers speak little or no Portuguese. An interpreter will be with your team at all times, and you will be surprised at how easy it is to communicate with people who share your joy in mission and your love for the Lord.

  • How much will my trip cost?

Every trip is different, but typically expenses vary from $2,000 to $2,500 per person, depending on the originating airport, destination in Brazil, time of year, and project costs in Brazil. Expenses, budgets, and fundraising will be part of your first conversation with the IOH coordinator and with your mission partners in Brazil. Scholarship funds are often available for youth, young clergy, and other participants.

  • Is travel insurance available?

Yes, you should plan to purchase insurance from the Southeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist Volunteers in Mission at http://umvim.org/resources/insurance-faq/.