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!

    1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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 (:

    1. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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