Girls’ Safe House Volunteer

Female volunteers needed to help in a girls safe house in the city of Olinda in Brazil for between 4 – 6 months. 

The house is for up to 12 girls (ages 5 – 15) who have either suffered sexual/physical abuse from their families, forced into prostitution, living on the streets, abandoned by their family, or from any other vulnerable situation. The girls live in this house 24/7 and are supported by a Brazilian team of carers, social workers, and psychologists. The girls go to school, do activities, sports and leisure things in the house while the team works with them and their families to restore their lives and renew their hope for the future.

A volunteer would join in with the day to day running of the house helping out with the girls' daily routines (the school run, cleaning, running activities with the  girls, devotionals). One of the areas that we will be looking at in potential volunteers is what do they have to offer the house? Do you have a particular skill that you can teach the girls? (E.g. arts and crafts, drama, dance, nail/hair beauty).

Since the volunteer will be joining in with the daily activities a good level of Portuguese is desired. We're aware that not many people in the UK have a good grasp of the Portuguese language which is why all our long term volunteers are required to do a month long language course when they arrive. Due to the nature of the work and to abide to our child protection policy we unfortunately cannot accept male long term volunteers for this placement.

Successful candidates will have relevant qualifications and experience.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact

Church Mission Society places individuals, couples and families in over 45 countries around the world as we seek to share the love of Jesus and see our world transformed. Our placements are self-funding with extensive support in fundraising given to those who serve long-term (4+ years). All placements are subject to DBS clearance. Church Mission Society is only able to directly test the calling of those who are rooted in UK/European churches.

Terms and conditions depend upon the location of each opening and the duration of the placement offered. Short-term opportunities (4 months to 2 years) are self-funded, with CMS offering residential, cross-cultural training. Long-term mission partners serve for 4-6 years minimum. We work on a fully resourced basis to ensure your funding, learning and support are in place together, through connecting to local churches and your wider networks. Individualised learning plans are developed for preparation and during service for those on long-term service.

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