Brazil Project

Project Full
January 24, 2019 - February 3, 2019
Participation Fee
What's Included


Join Maranatha in the beautiful country of Brazil! Volunteers in this group will be working in a suburb of the city of Sao Paulo called Franco da Rocha. The Parque Paulista church currently has 50 members and they’ve been adding to their numbers! But they currently meet in a small storefront and they can’t continue to grow because of the lack of space. The members have been focused on building a new church and have been saving money. They recently purchased property about two blocks from their rented location and will be a great location for this thriving congregation.

Volunteers on this project will be building a new church for the Parque Paulista church and depending on the number of volunteers register, may also reach out into the surrounding community through outreach projects and children’s ministry programs.


Church Construction

Judy Shull,
Co-Project Coordinator
David Shull,
Co-Project Coordinator and Construction Superintendent
Thursday, January 24
Arrival in Brazil
Friday, January 25
Orientation and first work day
Saturday, January 26
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, January 27
Work Days
Saturday, February 2
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, February 3
Departure from Brazil or Continue on Optional Excursion
Monday, February 4
Optional Excursion: Iguazu Falls
Tuesday, February 5
Optional Excursion: Departure from Brazil
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Sao Paulo Brazil (airport code GRU) on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Sao Paulo (GRU) on Sunday, February 3, 2019 or continue on the optional excursion. Those on the optional excursion will depart from Sao Paulo (GRU) on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in the late evening.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets and from Brazil. The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project, but due to travel time, you may need to leave a day or two before the arrival date. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Sao Paulo. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is enough space on the project. More information including arrival and departure time windows is available in an information packet available for download above. Booking outside these windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

CI Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team 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.

Optional Excursion: Iguazu Falls: $425

At the end of the project volunteers can choose to extend their stay in Brazil by joining an optional excursion to the world famious, Iguazu Falls. This excursion has an additional fee of $425, which will cover all hotels, meals, ground transportation, entrance fees, tour guides, and insurance during the excursion days. The fee does not cover the domestic flight from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguaçu on February 3. Volunteers will be responsible for booking their own domestic flight. Details on the exact flight to book ate listed in the travel information section of the information packet. 

On Sunday, those staying on for excursion will travel by plane to Foz do Iguaçu where they’ll start their tour. Iguazu Falls is located on the Brazil-Argentina border. It is said that from Brazil you “see” the falls and from Argentina you “live” the falls, and visitors on this tour will get to enjoy the falls from both sides of the border. Iguazu comes from two Guarani words meaning “Big Water.” Depending on the water level there are between 150 and 300 individual cascades of water including the largest fall, Garganta do Diablo, or“Devil’s Throat,” where about half of the river’s flow falls more than 250 feet to the base.

In addition to seeing the falls from both sides of the border, the group will also take a boat ride up the river to the base of the falls and visit a hydroelectric dam in Brazil that creates about 25% of the electricity for the country of Brazil and is the world’s largest producer of electric power. On Monday night, the group will visit the Marco das Tres Fronteiras, the location where Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay meet. There, you’ll enjoy the sunset and have an opportunity to buy some souvenirs. The group will then depart for home Tuesday afternoon or evening, Febraury 5. 

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.