£695, excluding flights.
Please see Full Price List / Other Currencies
1 week to 6 months weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
||All year round, you choose your start and finish
||No qualifications needed, just a big dose of
enthusiasm! Minimum age 17.
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Food (Breakfast only)
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
(Lunch and Dinner, see above, breakfast is provided), Flights,
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages 17 and over.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
teaching or working with children overseas while doing
voluntary work, teaching projects abroad, or study
Also available as a summer placement in Brazil or South
America, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL
Available as part of the Latin-American Triangle
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into
South America and the
The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
We work with a wonderful school in
the heart of a beautiful and historic area of Rio de Janeiro.
The school is part of a catholic institution and they hope that
the children will express their creativity through recreational
and educational activities.
The children do not get the
opportunity to learn English which is where you come in. The
children are all at the beginners or, elementary stage of
English and you may find that a couple of the teachers join you
in the class as they are also really keen on learning English!
You will be teaching independently
so it is important that you prepare your lessons in advance.
Lessons are with a small group of 6-7 children aged 8-10 and you
will work at the school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from
1pm to 3pm. Then after a small break, you can choose to either
teach further English lessons to different classes or organise
activities and games for younger children.
Alongside English you may also be
able to teach Computer Studies. And at a school nearby you can
also assist with teaching ballet, music and physical education
as these classes are held twice weekly. Please let us know if
you have an interest in these (basic Portuguese would really
help in teaching these classes).
Extra English classes can be
arranged if you would like a fuller timetable. And if you have
an interest in teaching some of the teachers and their parents
one evening per week this can also be arranged.
As well as providing much needed
assistance to the children, you can help to increase their self
confidence, team skills and generally encourage them to learn
the English language or improve their knowledge of other
Teaching independently can be
challenging so you will find a few words of Portuguese will go a
long way! You could also choose to take some Portuguese classes
alongside your teaching project!
Self-reliance, independence and
initiative are highly appreciated.
These children through education have the opportunity to
develop social skills and life skills. Along with the staff of these
projects, you'll be acting as a positive role model to children, keeping
them away from the dangers of the streets. It is not uncommon for
children, particularly in Rio's poorer areas to never have left the part
of the city they live in. Many will be amazed and confused that you speak
an entirely different language - and they'll want to learn it too!
Stephanie White, says of her
"Everyone made me feel at home and it was a brilliant experience. I
really couldn't of asked for a better bunch of kids! The children at the
Centre are so much fun and very talented, I became very close to them all
and I miss them very much! A lot of the families there don't have much
when it comes to material things but their culture and lively
personalities make up for that! The Centre is a great organisation, the
children enjoy every day there! I suppose it is like an escape for them! I
would definitely recommend a trip out to Rio and volunteering somewhere
like this, it really was the best time of my life!"
Our projects are very well structured but, as with all things Brazilian,
also pretty laid back! You don't need any qualifications to participate
in a teaching placement in Brazil, just a passion to help children
improve their knowledge of the English language. Teaching can be
extremely satisfying and rewarding, especially when you are able to see
an improvement in the children’s’ language abilities. The moment you
hear a child use a new piece of vocabulary or use a verb tense correctly
will make you feel so incredibly proud and you will know for certain
that all the time and effort you have put into teaching has been
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND ... CARNAVAL!
Our schools run all year round
except for a few public holidays and the week of Carnaval.
Carnaval takes place in 2015 from 13th to 18th February.
begins at midnight on the Friday
before Ash Wednesday (usually around the second week of
February) and last for five days, but the whole country stops
for about two weeks. Carnaval is celebrated all over
Brazil. The most famous is, of course, held in Rio, but the
authentic versions of Carnaval are found outside that city.
CAN'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE?
If you speak some Portuguese (or even Spanish), you will find it very
beneficial on this project. But don't be put off if languages aren't your
thing! You're sure to pick up some of the basic words whilst you are there,
and will find other ways to converse without language becoming a barrier.
Don't forget that we can also arrange some Portuguese Lessons for you during
your programme if you'd like.
Volunteer Dan Stanley teaching in class
stay at the Art Hostel Rio; a large hostel with a friendly
atmosphere with over 100 beds in an ideal location - situated in
the Flamengo region of Rio and just a 10 minute walk from
Flamengo beach and the stunning view of Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Numerous restaurants, shops banks,
ATM’s, chemists and supermarkets and a cinema are nearby and
Catete Palace is just at the end of the road. With the metro
station just a minute walk away and bus stops close by you will
be able to visit Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer
statue with great ease and get to Copacabana beach in just 10
You'll have access to a kitchen
and a couple of communal areas, where you can relax with friends
or use the internet. From time to time the hostel has live
Brazilian music and there is always a fantastically vibrant,
You’ll stay in
a mixed sex dorm room for 4-6 people, however there are double
rooms available and also one single room. If you would like to
upgrade, please let us know at the time of booking and we can
arrange it for you but please note there will be a supplement
for the upgrade.
Breakfast is included in this project and is taken in the
communal area on the roof terrace, however you will need to
budget for lunch and dinner.
Brazilian twist to the continental breakfast is fantastic
- natural fruit juice, fruits, coffee, milk, bread, cheese, ham,
butter, jams, and sweet cakes (very popular in Brazil for
breakfast), biscuits, cereals and yogurts should also set you up
for the day.
You're located in the heart of Rio
so there is an almost endless variety of dishes and restaurants,
which is why we've provided the accommodation as breakfast only.
Most of our volunteers regard eating out as one of the
highlights of living in South America.
Lunch: This is the
cheapest meal of the day. Volunteers often dine out together for
lunch at ‘por kilo’ restaurants, which charge based on the
weight of your food and can cost as little as (12 BRL) for a
fantastic meal (this is at lunch time – dinner at these
restaurants is more expensive (25 BRL).
Another good option is to eat at
cafes or ‘botecos’, where a ‘salgado’ (a type of savoury pastry
filled with meat, cheese or chicken), ‘pao de queijo’ (literally
‘cheese balls’ – delicious little cheese and bread balls) and
other things can cost as little as 2.50 BRL.
Dinner: Evening meals are
more expensive, generally ranging from around 15-25
BRL depending on your location. A good way around spending too
much money on this meal, if you have use of a kitchen at your
accommodation, is to cook meals yourself. Staple foodstuff
like rice, beans, a whole variety of vegetables and salads can
be found very cheaply at supermarkets.
Evenings in Brazil will typically
start with dinner at around 9 or 10 pm, usually at a local
'Churrascaria' on weekends. This is a traditional Brazilian BBQ
where you'll help yourself to a buffet of salads, pastas and
potatoes. Smartly dressed waiters then circulate the restaurant
with an endless variety of flame grilled meat for you to choose
from, which will be sliced straight onto your plate. A spoonful
of Manioc flour (made from the locally grown cassava root) is
then sprinkled on top of the meat. This gives a unique, slightly
salty flavouring and is strangely moreish! The idea is eating as
much as you can and you just need to pay a fee (average 40 BL).
(Prices correct at time of
writing, but please check.)
Got any questions? Please email us:
for an interview with Travellers Volunteer Vera Tyler on BBC Radio
You don't need any qualifications - you only need a good grasp of conversational English or
Spanish or Portuguese.
Don't worry about not having
special qualifications. The whole idea of Travellers
is to provide any help possible.
FREE TEACHING GUIDE
We provide you with a free Teaching Suggestions Guide
which we produce in-house to help you plan and prepare for your
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure!
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to, which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The hostel is located only a 15 minute-walking distance away
from the Arches of ‘Lapa’, ‘Cinelandia’ and ‘Flamengo’, from
where you can visit Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar) and the
Statue of Christ the Redeemer; just one minute walk away from
‘Catete’ Underground station, where you can catch the Metro to Copacabana
and you can be on the beach in less than 15 minutes.
There are several banks, ATMs,
supermarkets, drugstores, cinema, hotels, shops, etc., all
within a couple of minutes away, which makes the area
interesting and busy, even at night! The options for
entertainment are endless too; one night you can choose to watch
a film at the cinema, or you can just chill out with friends in
a local bar or pub. The romance of Rio takes one's breath
THINGS TO DO IN RIO:
Visit the beach!
Choose from the famous Copacabana, Ipanema,
Barra de Tijuca (pronounced Ba-ha), and
Leblon, to name but a few! Copacabana is probably the
world's most famous beach, with 3 miles of sunbathers and beach
parties in front of one of the most densely populated cities on
Ipanema is Rio's most chic beach for the
rich and the beautiful. Brazilians
prefer busy beaches, with crowds of people, beach volleyball
players, food sellers and sun tanners.
futevolley (volleyball but where you can’t use your hands!) and
is the national obsession, and Rio is the location of
Maracana Football stadium, the largest stadium in the world.
Many football legends have played in this ground.
Surfing in perfect rolling waves is ideal
for beginners or more advanced surfers.
There are excellent opportunities for rock climbing
in and near Rio and hiking is great along the
coast and in some of the national and state parks.
For some adrenaline packed fun, try
hang-gliding, especially around Pedra Bonita, near Pepino
city has grown around the very green Tijuca Forest,
creating the largest urban forest in the world. There are
various trails into the forest and exploring it could easily
take an entire day.
Like Mardi Gras, Carnaval has its roots in ancient pagan
ritual. The wild parties began in the Middle Ages. Over time
it flourished and incorporated extravagant costumes from
India and primitive carnal beats from African rhythm. Carnaval
takes place before Lent where Catholic Brazilians officially
gave up luxuries such as meat, alcohol and pastries.
The excitement of
Carnaval builds practically all year round. Rehearsals at samba
schools begin in August and marching percussion bands practise
for their performances of music throughout the year.
are extreme, surreal and erotic events. There is various
stages of undress, extravagant body painting, stickered tattoos,
fishnets and spandex involved! Hypnotic music, grinding
movements and beautiful ladies of the night vying for the
camera’s attention are included in the price of the ticket. Some
of these beautiful ladies are less ‘lady’ than they may appear…
Street Carnaval is
all about the dancing in the streets, marching bands pump
out their theme tune and other rhythms as the drag queens and
party crazed people bop along behind.
parades are perhaps a highlight of carnaval. As the Lonely
Planet so nicely puts it, the Brazilians harness sweat, noise
and confusion and turn it into art.
The best Samba schools in the country prepare all year for their
moment of glory. This procession is a competition of the art.
There are many aspects to samba including percussion, song,
dance, choreography, costumes, story line, floats and
decorations. The winner of the samba parades earns admiration
and the pride of Rio and all of Brazil.
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you
arrive in your new country, please
Support & Backup:
To read about the excellent
& Backup we provide before you leave and during
please click here.
Volunteer Vera with some of her students