>>FAQ DURING YOUR STAY


1. Who can volunteer?

2. Will the audiologist, ENT and Social Worker be doing the same?

3. What qualifications do I need to volunteer?

4. What is requested of me during my stay?

5. For how long can I volunteer?

6. When can I start? And when should I apply?

7. When to go?

8. Does it cost anything to participate?

9. How much will I work?

10. Can I go with a friend or my partner

11. What is the age-distribution?

12. Do I need to speak Portuguese?

13. What do I get out of the project

14. How do I get in contact with other volunteers?

15. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Brazil?

16. Do I need vaccines?

17. Do I need insurance?

18. What to bring?

19. Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?

20. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?

21. Where do I exchange my money and how much?

22. Need a hotel in Manaus?

23. Who supports the project?

24. Useful links

25. Who do I contact if I have more questions?




1. Who can volunteer?



Both students and professionals can volunteer. The hearing care clinic is mainly targeting

audiologists and ENTs, but in some cases there is a need for Social.

Are you are student doing an Internship or specific field research please contact us and

we can see how we can help you achieving the best results and collaborate with your home university


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2. Will the audiologist, ENT and Social Worker be doing the same?


Audiologist and ENTs will have some cross functional areas, but the main equipment installed

at the clinic is related to the work routine of an audiologist.

The clinic only has basic kit for ENTs which implies that the there is certain limitations for ENTs to do all types of consulting tasks. The foundation will be working on expanding the equipment for ENTs.



The general and daily tasks are related to following:

Other services:

Social Workers will be working to ensure that the clients being treated at the clinic are qualified to gain free hearing aids, which are determined in relation to income and place of birth. Furthermore, the social worker can be helpful in assisting our local partnership with the English Schools, and hosting activities for both parties.



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3. What qualifications do I need to volunteer?



Due to the general lack of hearing care clinics in Amazonas, you will experience that many locals come with all types of hearing care issues that needs to be addressed. We do not expect the volunteers to cure or improve all issues, but it requires a high degree of independence and responsibility in order to know your professional limitations and not cause harm to patients.


We do require some basic skills within these areas. If you are an audiologist and ENT student, you will have to have the first year completed at your program as a minimum.

This is just as much a safety issue for you and your patients. We will require documentation from your school. There will always be a professional audiologist at the clinic.



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4. What is requested of me during my stay?


There is no better way to get inspired and motivated than reading other volunteers’ experienced. We appreciate that you share these unique experiences by writing a one page diary of your experiences, preparation or other relevant information.


Please include some selected photos or videos of your stay, being your best moments, work routines, or other important occasions that made your stay something special. These experiences will be uploaded on our website www.vivaosom.com and the deadline for handing them in is one months after your stay. The dairy should be send to contact@vivaosom.com


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5. For how long can I volunteer


You can decide yourself for how long you want to volunteer on Project Amazon, but the minimum period is two weeks. We recommend 1-2 months in order to get to know the clients, the daily routines and the surroundings.


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6. When can I start? And when should I apply?


In your application form you will be requested to fill out the dates you want to volunteer. Due to limited space on the Hearing Care Center we cannot guarantee that the exact dates are available. We therefore recommend you to apply as early as possible to ensure that is fits with your study program or your holiday. Be aware that you need certain vaccines against yellow fever and malaria at least 8 weeks before arrival which also influence the travel preparation. An important tip: Visa is required from Americans to enter the country, but everyone interested in applying needs to check up as visa rules changes over time


Visa Information


Passport and visa are required for US citizens traveling to Brazil for any purpose. Brazilian visas must be obtained in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to the traveler's place of residence. There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry to Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa. All Brazilian visas, regardless of the length of stay, must initially be used within 90 days of the issuance date or will no longer be valid. Immigration authorities will not allow entry into Brazil without a valid visa. The US Government cannot assist travelers who arrive in Brazil without proper documentation. It is the responsibility of all participants to research the entrance and exit requirements of their chosen destination by contacting the embassy or consulates office. Travelers are reminded that they are subject to local law, and that showing contempt to a government official is a serious offense in Brazil.


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7. When to go?


You can visit Parintins all year round! The climate in the Amazon is considered tropical humid, with increased rainfall during the Summer (December to March) and average annual temperature of 30°C. The weather is constantly warm in the city. There are no cold days during the winter (June to September), the proximity of the forest usually avoids extreme hot days.


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8. Does it cost anything to participate?


In Parintins the hosting is free. There is a reserved area to accommodate volunteers with a room with four beds, a bathroom, a living room connected to a kitchen and dining room, and a laundry area. On the outside of the clinic, there is a barbecue area and lawn for recreation. Don't expect any luxurious accommodations but rather a relaxed and casual atmosphere with plenty of room for fun and social interaction. Expenses will be related to travel transportation, meals and personal needs. In case you bring you partner, the partner will have the same expenses as the volunteers and do not need to pay for staying at the clinic.


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9. How much will I work?


The requirement on the amount of working hours depend on the flow of people at the clinic, not exceeding the normal business hours (08:00am to 17:00pm). There will be time to explore the exotic surroundings and the city in the weekends, but in case there is a local event in relation to the clinic the volunteer is recommended to take part in the celebrations.


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10. Can I go with a friend or my partner


The hearing care clinic has room for 04 volunteers at time. In case the clinic is fully booked the partner or friend will need to find an alternative. But if there are no other volunteers, your partner can stay at the clinic without problems. The volunteers though, will always be of first priority.


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11. What is the age-distribution?


Everyone above 18 years can join Project Amazon. Both students and professionals are targeted.


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12. Do I need to speak Portuguese?


It is without doubt an advantage to speak some basic Portuguese or knowledge to Spanish. Few Brazilians speak English and there will be a certain language barrier when arriving, so be prepared for some language barriers and a certain communication patience is necessary. The clinic has initiated a partnership with the local English school whereas the English students will assist you as much as possible and they get to practice their English at the same time. Furthermore we will provide material in the clinic with posters showing the necessary terminology in Portuguese and English. We recommend you to take Portuguese classes before arrival but it is not a requirement.


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13. What do I get out of the project


Besides the pleasure of improving the quality of others people life, the Viva o Som Foundation will make a prove /diploma documenting that you have taken part in our team and what you have been doing during your stay. If you are student doing an Internship or a field research the specific requirements for your home university will be arranged.


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14. How do I get in contact with other volunteers?


Join our facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/Viva-o-Som-Foundation/239106576163764 We hope you will share your questions and experiences on this site. On our website you can see other volunteer's experiences. Go to Volunteer Experiences.


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15. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Brazil?


Volunteers should dress accordingly when at their projects. Jeans and a t-shirt are acceptable. No high shorts and tank tops please. For customer service, the volunteer must wear lab coats. This dress will be provided by the foundation, but must be returned upon leaving the clinic.


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16. Do I need vaccines?

Yes, there will be some essential vaccines you need before your stay. You can get the recent updates and vaccination guidelines here http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/brazil.htm or consult your local clinic in your home country.


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17. Do I need insurance?


We recommend all volunteers to have travel insurance. The Project Amazon does not cover hospital bills in case of illness or accidents.


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18. What to bring?


Take a look at the weather forecast before you close your backpack or suitcase.

Mandatory items to bring:

We do not have any hair dryers, please bring your own if you need it - we use 110 W in Parintins.


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19. Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?


Yes. Please note that Brazil uses 110/220V, 60HzHz. In Parintins uses only 110V.


Electrical plug details


European plug with two circular metal pins


  

American-style plug with two perpendicular flat blades above a circular grounding pin


  
 

Japanese-style plug with two perpendicular flat blades


  
 

In Parintins plug with three circular metal pins


  
 

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20. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?


The official Brazilian currency is the Real (reais). Exchanges of money by cash or traveler's checks can be exchanged in various branches of the Bank of Brazil or the Commercial Bank of Brazil.


Attention: Parintins there is no currency exchange! The volunteer should change the currency in Manaus.


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21. Where do I exchange my money and how much?


Visa is the most widely accepted credit card, but all major international credit cards, including Diners Club and MasterCard, are accepted in the main establishments in Manaus, although outside the major cities (Parintins, f.ex), facilities may be limited. Traveler's checks may also be difficult to exchange in small towns and villages, and travelers are advised to have cash on hand. ATMs not are available in Parintins.


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22. Need a hotel in Manaus?


Depending of your location and time of arrival, you might need a hotel the day before or the day after to travel to Parintins.


 The best time of arrival in Manaus is in the morning, if you decide to travel by boat. And the best time of arrival in Manaus is in the afternoon if you travel by plane.


In Manaus you will be staying at:

Comfort Hotel Manaus

Sleep In Manaus

Taj Mahal Manaus

Lord Manaus

Boutique Hotel Casa Teatro


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23. Who supports the project?


Several partners support the project. Among them, Oticon and American Academy of Audiology Foundation. Oticon is donating the hearings aids if a hearing loss is discovered. The company Telex Soluções Auditivos is in charge of administrating the contact with the volunteers and partner universities all over the world creating general knowledge about the project and its mission. Beside strategic alliances and worldwide partnerships Telex support with conceptual, strategic and operational assistance.


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24. Useful Links


We've collected a number of links to other web sites you might find useful.

About Manaus:

City hall Manaus; www.manaus.am.gov.br

Photos of Manaus; www.google.com.br/manaus

The weather forecast; www.climatempo.com.br/previsao-do-tempo/cidade/25/manaus-am

 The airport; www.infraero.gov.br/index.php/br/aeroportos/amazonas/aeroporto-internacional-eduardo-gomes.html

The port; www.portodemanaus.com.br



About Parintins:


City hall Parintins; www.parintins.com/

The weather forecast; http://www.climatempo.com.br/previsao-do-tempo/cidade/31/parintins-am


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25.Who do I contact if I have more questions?


You can write contact@vivaosom.com


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