||All year round, you choose your start and finish
2 weeks to 6 months weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
||No qualifications needed, just a big dose of
enthusiasm! Minimum age 17.
Full Price List / Other
►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
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 number of different schools, each one individual with its
own atmosphere and attraction. You may work at different
schools and with different age ranges throughout your placement.
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:
At one of our schools you can help with ballet classes, so if you
have a passion for dance this is the school for you! The
children take classes twice a week alongside music classes,
singing classes, English and physical education, a great all
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 subjects/sports. In some
schools you may support a teacher and in others you will be teaching
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
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!
The main school holidays are from approximately
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
You’ll stay 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
The accommodation is 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.
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,
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.
Food is not included in this project, except for breakfast. The
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.
While on your placements, you can also book some Optional
Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Brazil, or
you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
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