TEACH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Teach English to deserving children who are full of spirit and enthusiasm. You can also teach Art, Drama and Music, or you can combine projects, for example, teaching Art combined with teaching English.
You'll be based in stunning, buzzing Rio, a hot tropical paradise! This is a stimulating yet laid-back experience in one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world.
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We work with a number of different schools, each one individual with its own atmosphere and attraction. You will most probably work at different schools and with different age ranges throughout your placement, spreading your help to as many children as possible. This will also give you the opportunity to see different teaching styles in practice.
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 worthwhile.
Primarily we offer English and Sports placements (see sports), all in the northern part of Rio. You'll teach students from a variety of backgrounds and you are likely to learn a great deal about their community and their culture. Many of the children that you will teach are from some of the poorest areas in Rio, but they are full of life and their cheeky manner is infectious and endearing!
Some schools cater for children ranging in age from the very young, where you will probably spend more time playing than teaching, to older children who will be excited to meet a foreigner like you and probably won't stop talking in a mixture of Portuguese and what little English they know!
As well as English, you can teach the
following subjects in Brazil:
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
As well as providing much needed assistance to children within schools, you can spend time working on increasing their self confidence, team skills and generally encouraging their enthusiasm to learn the English language or improve their knowledge of other subjects/sports. In some schools you may support a teacher and in others you will be teaching independently.
Teaching independently can be challenging so you may find a few words of Portuguese will go a long way! If you are supporting a teacher you don’t necessarily need to be able to converse in Portuguese. The teachers in the schools are always happy to have some assistance and they appreciate your time.
Whether you want to be helping out teaching the ‘little ones’, or, whether you want to challenge some of the older students (in their teens) – it’s up to you! All of the children could really use your time, energy and affection; whether they are just starting their education or they are preparing to go out into the world of work.
The children are only at the beginner’s stage of learning English but they are all so enthusiastic and love volunteers teaching them. It’s a great opportunity to impart knowledge about your own country while learning about the Brazilian culture. It is definitely the case that the more you put in the more you will get out of the experience.
You'll provide educational assistance and also encourage children to see the 'good side' of the world by taking them away from the violence and poverty that they live in and encouraging them to perceive things in a different way. 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!
The schools want to help keep the kids off the streets so they use the school facilities after classes to encourage the children to get involved in extra-curricular activities. Students can attend sports activities, language courses and other cultural projects, ensuring that they are not on the streets and not exposed to crime & drugs
Stephanie White, says of her placement at Santa Tereza: "Everyone at B.D.S.T 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 Santa Tereza 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! Ballet De Santa Tereza 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 Ballet De Santa Tereza, it really was the best time of my life!"
HOLIDAYS AND ... CARNAVAL!
If you are unsure about how seasonal breaks may affect your placement, please ask us.
Carnaval begins at midnight on the Friday before Ash Wednesday (usually around the second week of February) and lasts 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.
"Carnaval - The planet's most spectacular annual cultural pageant, where the ancient world's spirit of chaotic collective delirium and abandonment of self to the impulses of the body and a greater collective spirit is unrivaled."
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|Support and guidance from Travellers and the schools|
You'll receive lots of care and
assistance from our very friendly and helpful UK staff, from the first
stage of applying all the way through to the end of your placement. We are
also available 24 hours a day for any urgent matter during your time on
Travellers will send you our extremely comprehensive information pack with details on everything - ranging from where to go on your weekend travels to what to pack and extensive safety tips. We will also provide you with a selection of coaching manuals that will be very useful on your project.
In Brazil you will have the support of our Brazil Manager who will be on call 24/7 from meeting you at the airport and will be around frequently to ensure you are settled and happy on your placement. You will also find that the teachers at the schools and institutes where you work will be very happy to help you throughout your days.
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 would like.
you can do while on this Project:
|ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL|
You’ll be staying at the Art Hostel Rio, a hostel set up by an artist with a wish to create a hostel that is different to anything else in Rio. Set in a beautiful redeveloped building from the end of the 19th century, you will be surrounded by wonderful Brazilian art, dipping you straight into the culture from the first minute you arrive!
Accommodation is situated in the Flamengo region of Rio and just a short metro ride from Copacabana beach. This is a great place to be as you are only 3 minutes away from the metro station, opposite the Catete Palace and you will be able to visit Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue with great ease.
With 100 rooms, some decorated with an “art” theme you will be sure to meet like-minded travellers, other volunteers and artists from all over the world! You will 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, friendly atmosphere.
You’ll be staying in a dorm room; however singles and doubles are also available. If you'd like to upgrade to a double or single room, just let us know at time of booking and we can arrange it for you, but there will be a supplement for upgrading. All rooms have their own bathroom and individual locker, but you must bring your own padlock.
You are located in the heart of Rio so there is an almost endless variety of dishes and restaurants available to you to sample - which is why we've provided the accommodation as breakfast only. Volunteers can also use the hostel’s kitchen facilities, exclusively for guests of the hostel
Food: Past experience has shown us that most of our volunteers regard eating out as one of the highlights of living in South America. Therefore, to enable you to sample the endless variety of dishes, Brazilian and otherwise while you're there, we have arranged for your accommodation to include breakfast only. The Brazilian twist to the continental breakfast is fantastic - natural fruit juice, fruits, coffee, milk, bread, cheese, ham, butter, jams, and sweet cakes (popular in Brazil for breakfast), biscuits, cereals and yogurts should also set you up for the day.
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, and volunteers often buy large bags of rice and beans between them, then supplement this with treats to make really tasty meals.
Brazilian food and drink are some of the most diverse in the world, thanks to large immigrant groups from several continents that have made their way there. Being influenced by Portugal, the Amazon, West Africa, and Morocco, Brazilian cuisine is enticing and delicious. Many recipes are very regional and the food may contrast drastically from one part of the country to the other. Food in Brazil revolves around three key things, 1) arroz which is white rice, 2) feijao which are black or brown beans and 3) farinha which is like manioc flour. The other basic ingredients of Brazilian cuisine are coconut, chilli, onions, lime, fish, shrimp, cod and manioc.
Coconut water is a great drink option when chilling out on a Brazilian beach. You can also try the famous ‘guarana’, the Brazilian soft drink made of the Amazonian fruit or try the ‘açai’ in liquid form, which is another typically and exotic Brazilian fruit.
The Brazilian passion for food is reflected in the number of people you will see spending long, balmy evenings dining in restaurants and ‘ao ar livre / al fresco’ in the city’s buzzing streets, feasting on fare from the traditional Feijoada (black beans and pork stew) or Mariscada (seafood stew) to modern global cuisine rivaling that of any other international city! If you’re partial to a tipple, you might like to indulge in a caipiranha, Brazil’s traditional drink made with lime and cachaça, best enjoyed in the sunshine with a churrasco, which is a Brazilian barbeque of rice, meats, salads, sauces and – of course – samba the most popular Brazilian dance!
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).
Authentic experiences such as these are a great way to eat out affordably and provide the best opportunities to try out the variety of Brazilian cuisine available.
Area: 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 Mountains (Pao de Acucar) and the Statue of Christ, the Redeemer; only 3 minutes away from ‘Catete’ Underground station, where you can catch the train and get to ‘Copacabana’ or ‘Ipanema’ 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.
As there is so much to do in Brazil, we recommend that you do some travelling around the country
once your placement has finished. If this is the case, we can arrange your
Support & Backup:
To read about the excellent Support
& Backup we provide before you leave and during
please click here.
As there is so much to do in Brazil, we recommend that you do some travelling around the country once your placement has finished. If this is the case, we can arrange your flights accordingly.
Support & Backup:
To read about the excellent Support
& Backup we provide before you leave and during
please click here.
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