Brazil Open Team 2017

Project Full
January 18 - 30, 2017
Participation Fee
What's Included

* Maps may indicate region where project will take place, not a specific site location.


Join Maranatha in the beautiful country of Brazil. Volunteers in this group will be working in the Salvador region on the northeastern coast of the country. The group will construct block walls for two new church plants with growing congregations. A new church building will provide a sense of belonging and permanence that the small groups have been yearning for. In addition, the group will repaint two churches that were completed three years ago. The group will also offer outreach opportunities including children’s ministry programs and possibly medical clinics. More information about the construction and outreach opportunities are available in the information packet.


Masonry Construction

One-Day Church Construction

Church Painting

Children’s Ministry

Health Education

Merrill Zachary (Zack),
Project Coordinator
DJ Crawford,
Assistant Project Coordinator
George Alder,
Construction Superintendent
Jim Kincaid,
Spiritual Coordinator
Dolores Morgan,
Head Cook
Jolene Juhl,
Children's Ministry
Maria Alvarez,
Health Education Program
Wednesday, January 18
Arrival in Salvador
Thursday, January 19
Travel, Orientation, Partial Work Day
Friday, January 20
Work Day
Saturday, January 21
Worship with local congregation(s)
Sunday, January 22
Work Days
Saturday, January 28
Worship with local congregation(s)
Sunday, January 29
Return to Salvador, Local Excursion
Monday, January 30
Departure from Salvador
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Salvador, Brazil (SSA) in the afternoon of Wednesday, January 18. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Salvador (SSA) in the afternoon or evening of Monday, January 30.
University Dorms
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Salvador, Brazil, where you will be met by Maranatha representatives. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is still space on the project.

Most flight itineraries will require a transfer to a domestic flight in Rio de Janiero or Sao Paulo. If possible, use an international airline that is a partner with the domestic airline you choose. If you are able to do so, try to check your bags all the way through to Salvador to avoid having to transfer with your bags in Rio or Sao Paulo.

Please be aware that English is not widely spoken in Brazil and so translation can be a problem when making this transfer. Please allow for plenty of time to make the transition since it can take time to walk to the correct area of the airport.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle at

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at


When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.

Historic Salvador and Beach

At the end of the project, the volunteers will return to Salvador for a final day of relaxation before returning home the next day. The group will have a tour of the colonial district and then have free time to spend at a local beach or relax at the hotel pool. A nice lunch and dinner will be provided by the hotel that day.

Brazil Facts & Figures








Tropical. Mid 80’s and humid in January


53% Roman Catholic, 27% Protestant


Brazilian Real

Entry Requirements
  • All passports must be valid for at least six months from the dates of intended return.
  • No visa requirement until April 2025
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.