Amazon River, Brazil | Teen Missions Trip


Boat Trip in Brazil

June 24 – August 11

Experience God’s awesome creation as you serve Him on this summer missions trip deep in the Amazon Rain Forest. Here you work alongside the students running children’s programs and visiting with the teens of local youth groups. You will be involved in various projects such as building a fence and stable for the livestock, a tower for the water tank and a bathroom block for Boot Camp. Then you will board the boat, “Light of Guama”, and spend a week cruising through the jungle on the Guama River reaching out to people through children’s programs and evangelistic films.


Your summer will be spent in various locations in the country of Brazil. You will begin your ministry at the Teen Missions in Brazil BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center located, in a deep jungle setting, in Sao Miguel do Guama. You will also spend a week cruising through the jungle on the Guama River reaching out to people through children’s programs and evangelistic films.


There will be a number of shopping opportunities where you can purchase: futbol (soccer) shirts, machetes, hammocks and Indian artifacts. Sightseeing in Belem and an authentic churrasco banquet (Brazilian BBQ) will complete your Amazon adventure.


Housing for this mission trip will vary between dorms and tents. Bathing and laundry will be done using a bucket.


After Boot Camp, you will travel to the Orlando International Airport for a flight across the Florida Keys, Cuba, Caribbean Sea and the vast Amazon Rain Forest, before arriving in Sao Paulo, Brazil. From here, a connecting flight takes you to Belem, Brazil, located on the Amazon River, near its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean. A three-hour bus trip takes you through the rain forest to the Teen Missions in Brazil BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center.

(Note: Florida Debrief)

Contributions Equal To: $3190 U.S. plus Registration Fee


Steel-tying Class at Boot Camp

About Brazil

The Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest and most populous country in South America. In the world, it is the fifth largest country by geographical area and by population, as it boasts a population of over 190 million people. Brazil is bordered by: Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean. The capital city is Brasilia and the largest cities are São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; the country is a federation of 26 states and one federal district. Religiously, the population is predominantly Roman Catholic and the racially diverse country speaks Portuguese as the national language, as well as many other tribal dialects. The nation is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world… there are rolling hills and rugged mountains, grassy highlands and lush river basins, rainforests, complex river systems and beautiful beaches. Brazil’s economy consists of large and developed agricultural, mining, manufacturing and service sectors. The country also boasts the world’s largest producer of sugar cane, coffee and tropical fruits.

Teen Missions in Brazil is located in Belem. Each year the staff run a Boot Camp for the national youth, allowing them to learn about serving the Lord in their own country. A BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center is also running at the Teen Missions base. The staff and students use many creative ways to minister to the community. They have a boat, “The Light of the Guama” that is used to reach villages along the Guama River for ministry. On weekends, the BMW students assist with Sunday schools and other local outreaches, and evangelistic events are held where the students and staff put on children’s outreaches and show evangelistic films. A number of Boot Camp and BMW graduates in Brazil have gone on to become pastors and missionaries in Brazil and around the world. The work of Teen Missions in Brazil is coordinated by Dave and Vanja Cochrane, who have two children, Jasmin and Samuel. They are assisted by seven interns.


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  1. hey beth, i play guitar, and i was wondering if there is any way you could email me the sheet music or chords for the song we will be doing at the camp? cuz i’d really appreciate it if i could get the music before hand, so i could practice please! thanks!

  2. Christian Andersen

    I have been on 4 other trips and am going on this one so if you know me or are going on this trip add me on facebook.

  3. Thanks I just got all the information… thats great!

  4. does anyone know when we will be flying home from Florida

  5. on are way home

  6. Hey I was wondering if you know when we are flying out of boot camp?

  7. OK thanks Beth!

  8. hey Beth who are u?I live here in Brazil where the team is coming (:

  9. I miss those girls from that picture Evie Sweitzer and Juanita =/

  10. I was wondering how long we are going to be in Brazil, and how long we are going to be in Florida?

    • Commissioning is July 11, so you will fly to Brazil after that. The dates you fly are coming in the Individual Team Fact Sheet that should go out in the next couple of weeks.

  11. This team sounds really exiting! I am a flight attendant for a Brazilian airlines and I am a former team member and leader and I do hope and pray I get to be working on the flight y’all are going to be on. Prayers

  12. anybody else gong on the Brazil trip! cus i would love to get to know some people before we go!

  13. whats ur Facebook Kaleb? (:

  14. i really want to go but i have to raise the money in 4 months please pray for me as i have a hard goal to reach for

  15. yea so come to Brazil and we can be friendssssssssss lol (:

  16. i just saw this page off a link on facebook,
    it would be reallllly cool to go .

  17. yeah…i notice that right after i posted it haha its cant wait to c u there!:)

  18. sorry Emma but u wrote ur FB wrong
    please add me or give me ur e-mail k?

  19. heyy I’m going! soooooooo excited for it! 😀

  20. does someone else is going toooooooo?/? i have found 3 friends at this moment,it will be a funnnnnnnnnnnnn summer,i can’t wait to see u guys (:

  21. Reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?? whats ur facebook ARIA???

  22. HI IM GOING TO BRAZIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  23. the girls from the pic its evelina sweitzer and juanita jo ellis I met they here last year lol

  24. ahahah yes he shoudn’t did that lol

  25. its k Daniel I will text u (: but u really should make a e-mail for u (: aren’t u registered yet?

  26. Lane texts don’t call please

  27. No lane I don’t I just have a cell phone sorry.

  28. Hey thanks for telling me where do u know when katiyn.

  29. ok Daniel,but I live in Brazil man ,I live in the city where u guys are coming hehehehe (:
    do u have a MSN or myspace or something? we should get know each other cause I love making american friends! and when ur team come here I will meet u guys lol (:

  30. bootcamp is in Florida

  31. When & where is boot camp?

  32. Sorry lane I don’t have a facebook Paige but if you I’ll give you my cell number if you have a cell phone and we can texts each other

  33. hey Daniel whats ur facebook?

  34. I hope I can go It would be really cool

  35. hey this is my face book add me 🙂

  36. Thanks Beth! Now when and where is Boot Camp? I’m having trouble finding this information and I’m trying to finalize things before I register.

  37. Hey guys! Ummm I was wondersing when the deadline for all this was? (:

    • You need to be signed up before Boot Camp begins. However, the sooner you sign up, the more time you have to get your support raised, etc. Brazil is popular this year, so if you want that team, you should probably register soon.

  38. hey I know those girls from the pic its Evelina Sweitzer and Juanita Jo Ellis lol (:

  39. what ur facebook John? someone else is going too??

  40. hey guys im going to Brazil, and im on facebook, what are you guys facebooks? if your going?
    cus it would be nice to get to know some people before the trip… my facebook link is…

  41. im going to Brazil this year, it will be so great to share Gods word. who else is going?

  42. Me and my cousin Katlyn are going on the Brazil trip

  43. Hey I’m going on the Brazil mission trip!

  44. ah guys,please come to brazil! I love making american friends (:
    if u are going to come here.. just let me know (:

  45. When I went to Brazil with TMI, it was a wonderful location and most of our focus was evangelical, though we did do work projects at the base in Belem. For the most part, at least in 2007, our focus was with different Aborigine youth groups and churches alongside the Guama or Amazon River.

    In my past four summers of experience, I’ve found that teams that go to Zambia, India, etc are very difficult in contrast to the Amazon team. And yes, the Orphan Angels motorcycle team was very very challenging–emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The glamour that we assume exists with riding dirbikes begins to fade the moment you step foot in bootcamp and dissapears completely in the deep bush of Africa.

    All in all, Teen Missions is a wonderful organization and experience, and any of the opportunities and locations are incredible–whether you’re interested in Somoa or Brazil!

  46. i was wondering which ones of all the mission trips are the most hard core and most physically challengeing. i think those would be pretty cool. also, do the motorcycle ones have any physical stuff in it?

    • The more remote teams are going to be the most physically challenging. These include Zambia Bridge, Papua, Madagascar, Honduras Horseback, Samoa, Uganda and Mongolia. Yes, I would say the motorcycle teams will be challenging.

  47. hey I’m from Brazil guys!
    I JUST love making american friends!
    so if u will come here next summer
    just let me know!

  48. jordan swartzentruber

    im not sure if i want ot do this or the samoa trip, i would rather do more of a work trip and i was just wandering which of the two would involve more work.

    • They are both good choices. However, Samoa probably involves more work. The Brazil team will spend a week on a boat doing evangelism.

  49. Estou novo. Não conheco si viajará verão seguinte. I’ve never done teen missions, a lot of my friends have. I’m considering it (:

    • There is not really an age limit, although if you are 20 or older, you might want to consider going as a leader. Former team members can go as leaders if they are 18 or older and have good evaluations.

      • All of that information will come out later in the spring. It can be cold, but it can also be warm. Also, you might want to check out the Sweden Team Reports from last year.

  50. hey guys I would like to know who is going to Amazon river next summer?

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