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Teach English (and other subjects) to deserving children who are full of spirit and enthusiasm. Their teachers are too!
Set in the heart of the historic district of Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro it is a delight to walk through the gates and see all the beaming smiles of the staff and children. You can also teach music, ballet, computer studies alongside your teaching English project if you speak some Portuguese.
You'll teach students from a variety of backgrounds and you are likely to learn a great deal about their community and their culture. The children’s cheeky manner is infectious and endearing!


Price: From £695, excluding flights.
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Duration: From 1 week to 6 months or longer, subject to visa requirements
Start Dates: All year round – you choose your start and finish dates (subject to school holidays, see dates below).
Requirements: No qualifications or experience required, but you must be enthusiastic. Minimum age 18.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Food (breakfast only)
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Free T-Shirt
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food (except breaksfast, which is provided, Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 18. 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 abroad. Also available as a summer placement in Brazil or South America, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.
Available as part of the Latin-American Triangle.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into South America and the Brazilian culture.
  • 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 development.
  • 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'll be teaching independentlyin lessons with a small group of 6-7 children aged 8-10. You'll 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 the children's parents one evening per week this can also be arranged.

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 placement: 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.

There are times when the crèche is closed due to holidays and festivals. Please see below:
• Summer Holiday: 12th December 2015 to 10th January 2016
• Winter Holiday: 18th July 2016 – 1st August 2016

Carnaval 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 of Rio.

The dates for 2016 are 5th to 10th February.

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.


You’ll stay at a welcoming modern hostel in leafy Laranjeiras, a wonderful area of Rio, just a 15 minute walk away from where you can take the train to Cristo Redentor – one of Brazil’s biggest attractions! With friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere, you'll feel at home as soon as you step inside. The hostel comprises lots of facilities including 3 TV’s, computers, free Wi-Fi, and 2 communal areas with a bar, dartboard, snooker table and play station 3!

You'll stay in a dorm room (female dorms for woman and mixed sex dorms for men) but upgrades to a private room is available at a supplement. You will have access to a well equipped kitchen where you can prepare lunch and dinner and the hostel also offers a tasty Brazilian lunch for a good price.

Laranjeiras is one of the most traditional parts of Rio and is close to the Guanabara Palace and the Fluminese Football Club’s training ground. You are just a 15 minute walk from the closest metro station and you can reach Copacabana beach in under 30 minutes. Nearby are banks, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, bars – everything you could need is right on your doorstep.

Breakfast is included in this project and is a fabulous spread of coffee, milk, fruit juice, bread, butter, jams, meat, eggs, yogurts, cereal, fruit and cakes which should 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.

On your doorstep are numerous restaurants including local Brazilian fare, ‘Por Kilo’ restaurants (which charge based upon the weight of your food), Chinese, Japanese, Subway and snack shops galore! The snack shops, (Boteco’s) are a good option where ‘salgado’s are served (a type of savoury pastry filled with meat, cheese or chicken) and ‘pao de queijo’ (literally ‘cheese balls’ – delicious little cheese and bread balls) that all cost around Rs 4. One thing is for sure, you won't go hungry in Rio!


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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! Your 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, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

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 wonderful opportunity!

As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

TRAVELLERS' SUPPORT AND BACKUP: Read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme.

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Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Surfing Lessons in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

1 Single Lesson = £18.00
5 Lessons = £65

Surfing is a way of life in Rio and its home is Arpoador Beach, where our surfing lessons take place. Because of the fantastic rolling waves, the beach hosts to many surfing tournaments a year, and for the truly daring, spotlights on the beach also allow for surfing at night!

  • Lessons are arranged in conjunction with your main project and each lesson lasts one hour.
  • Lessons are arranged in groups with other volunteers or tourists up to a maximum of 4 people.
  • You can choose as many lessons as you like.
  • These lessons cater to all levels of skill, from Beginner upwards.

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Surfing Lessons in Florianopolis in Brazil

Price: £89 for a Course of 8 x 1-hour lessons

The island of Florianopolis has 42 beaches and some of the most consistent surf spots in Brazil! Some of the beaches hold the worldwide surfing championships making it an ideal place to learn or improve your surfing skills. Lessons will take place on either Praia de Ingleses or Praia Barra da Lagoa, normally in the mornings. Your teacher speaks good English and is a member of the local Surf Association.

  • Lessons are arranged in conjunction with your main project and each lesson lasts one hour.
  • The course consists of 8 hours of surfing
  • Lessons are group classes with other volunteers/tourists up to a maximum of 4 people.
  • These lessons cater to all levels of skill, from Beginner upwards.

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Stand-up Paddle Boarding lessons in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil

Includes the hire of a board.
1 Single Lesson = £16.00
5 Lessons = £55

A popular and fun sport in Rio de Janeiro is the fast-growing Stand Up Paddle. This sport originated in Hawaii and is taking the world by storm ... everyone's doing it! Set on one of the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana, you will spend a little time on land learning from the professionals on how to control the board with the paddle and keep your balance, before taking to the water for a great workout whilst admiring the stunning scenery.

  • All abilities catered for.
  • Lessons are one hour each

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Portuguese Lessons in in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

1 Week Portuguese Course £395
(prior to starting your placement, including accommodation)
Portuguese Language Lessons £90 per week (5 hrs pw at the same time as your placement)
Portuguese Language Lessons £140 per week (10 hrs pw at the same time as your placement)

Take Portuguese lessons alongside ANY project or as an intensive introduction course before you start. You can take a course for any length of time to run alongside your placement - from 2 weeks onwards, OR you can take a 1 week introductory course before you start your project at a super discounted price:

  • Choose from 5 or 10 hours a week
  • Available at Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Superior levels
  • You'll study on a one-to-one basis, unless you're in a small group of volunteers who all have the same level
  • Classes are based on grammar and conversation, in which you will be strongly encouraged only to speak Portuguese
  • Classes are held Monday to Friday and will fit around your volunteering schedule
  • Enjoy the benefits of studying at a professional, prestigious school
  • At the end of the course, you’ll receive a certificate issued by the School, stating that you have attended the course, to which level, and the duration in hours of the course you have completed.

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Portuguese Lessons in Florianopolis in Brazil

Price: £54 per week for 5 lessons of 1 hour per week

Your classes will take place at the home of a local Brazilian teacher who has taught Portuguese as a foreign language since 2008. She also lived in the USA for 8 years and speaks fluent English. Lessons take place around 30 minutes by bus from your accommotion.
Classes are in one hour sessions and take place Monday to Friday, and they will be fit around your volunteering schedule.
Portuguese Language Lessons (5 hrs per week at the same time as your main project)
Lessons are available at Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced levels and are in the form of private classes that are prepared personally to fit your needs. You'll also be strongly encouraged only to speak Portuguese

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Stand-up Paddle Boarding lessons in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil

£110 for the first 2 weeks (4 lessons)
includes uniform, registration and course fees £25 per week (2 lessons) for each additional week

You can do these Capoeira lessons concurrent with your main project. The course consists of 3 hours per week (2 lessons of 1.5 hours each) of Group lessons, but you have an option to do more lessons per week if you'd like to. The minimum length of this Add-On is 2 weeks and the price includes a one-fee cost for registration and a uniform.
You don’t need to be particularly fit, flexible or have previous martial arts experience to learn Capoeira.

Capoeira is not only a martial art, a dance and an art form steeped in Afro-Brazilian culture... Capoeira is a language, a form of self expression and an avenue which will help you to find a new freedom inside yourself. It’s also the perfect way to gain a deeper understanding of Brazilian culture. If you enjoyed running about as a child, flipping upside down, jumping around and playing games with your friends, you will love Capoeira. The basic moves are simple and, with a little practice, they are easy to learn.

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Ju-Jitsu Lessons in Florianopolis in Brazil

PRICE: £20 per week, includes 3 lessons a week of 1.5 hours each. Also includes transport to and from your lessons.

Lessons take place in a classroom attached to a local church, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday evenings for 1.5 hours each session. Classes are held in groups where you'll mix with other volunteers, tourists and local people. You will need to wear a kimono which you can either bring with you or you can purchase one locally.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the martial art with speciality in floor fighting and grabbing, in which weight and strength are not the most important in fighting. Practice this martial art in a Brazilian style, with an experienced Brazilian teacher with over 20 years experience, teaching in Florida and Hawaii. Get to know Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian fighters, make new friends, learn the Brazilian technique and have fun!

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Latin Dance Lessons in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

£70 for the first week (2 hours of lessons per week)
£55 per week for each additional week
If you'd like to add extra lessons into your week, the price is £27.50 per lesson, and each lesson is 1 hour in length.

Styles of dance taught: Ballroom Dance, Samba, Forró, Salsa, and Tango.

Brazilians seem to be born with the natural ability to dance! Wherever you are, you'll most likely be greeted by 'Samba Rodas' (circles), and it's hard to escape being asked to strut your stuff alongside the locals! Join us on a special Latin American Dance Course and get your skills up to scratch in the studio before hitting the streets. You can take Dance lessons at the same time as doing your main project.

You'll be subscribed for all lessons and you can pick and choose which you attend. Each style of dance is usually taught twice per week, so you could spend all week dancing if you wish! (2 hours per week total).

  • Any level catered for.
  • Group lessons with other volunteers and/or 'foreigners'
  • Lessons are 100% practical
  • Within easy reach of your accommodation

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Photography lessons in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil


  • 2-Week Nature Photography Course - £395
  • 2-Week Lighting & Studio Photography Course - £495
  • 4-Week Beginners Photography Course - £695
  • 8-Week Full-On Photography Course, includes all 3 individual elements above - £1,295

Take some inspiring photography courses in than Rio de Janeiro alongside your main project. You'll enhance your Brazil experience and really capture the flavour of this beautifully enigmatic city with your lens. Courses are available at beginner, intermediate & advanced levels to cater for any kind of student.

The Photography Centre is the oldest and traditional photo school in Rio. It's located around 15-20 minutes from your accommodation on public transport. Courses run throughout the year - as you'll be working 1-1 with your tutor, the course can run at any time. All lessons are taught in English and all course materials are in English.
You'll have lessons 2 or 3 times per week. You’ll be taught using videos, slides, enlarged photographs and your course book. You’ll also have access to all the different cameras and studio equipment at the centre. Most students will work with both digital and film cameras. On the course, you will cover a variety of skills and ideas and have the opportunity to put them into practice in beautiful Rio de Janeiro! For example, the basic course covers:

  • How to use digital and film cameras
  • Technical skills including composition, lighting & colour usage, flash techniques, exposure and filters
  • Practical studio photography, including portraits and still life
  • Practical outdoor photography
  • A visit to a professional studio

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Location: Laranjeiras is one of the most traditional parts of Rio and is close to the Guanabara Palace and the Fluminese Football Club’s training ground. You are just a 15 minute walk from the closest metro station and you can reach Copacabana beach in under 30 minutes. Nearby are banks, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, bars – everything you could need is right on your doorstep!


  • 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 the planet.
  • 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.
  • Volleyball, futevolley (volleyball but where you can’t use your hands!) and beach soccer.
  • Futebol (soccer) 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 beach.
  • The 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. Carnaval Balls 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. The samba 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.


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(1) Teaching Disadvantaged Children
(2) Care for Children in a Creche on a Volunteering Placement, in Brazil
(3) Portuguese Language Course

I would definitely recommend Travellers Volunteering to anybody that wants a challenge and is ready to get stuck in! Or if you’re interested in spending time to get to know a place and its people. In addition anyone seeking to gain experience, whether it’s teaching or something else, you are given responsibility and a chance to prove yourself that might not be open to you in this country, so I say, Go for it!

I taught English to children of mixed ages and abilities in two different institutions. Before I left I attended a two-day intensive TEFL TIME course organised by Travellers but other than that I had no previous experience of teaching.

The most important thing is to be flexible, resourceful and creative and just throw yourself into it. Lessons and classes can vary some were half an hour, some two hours – which sounds a lot but time flies when you’re in the classroom! We were given guidance on what level the children were at and what topics they had covered before. This was helpful when planning lessons so as not to repeat what they had already learned or in some cases to repeat it if necessary.

The main focus for us was conversation and getting the children to communicate with one another in English so it involved finding fun ways to encourage them, this can be fun for you too!

I was also placed in an inner-city Crèche and was immediately made to feel very welcome by both children and staff. I admired the whole ethos of the Crèche, parents that could afford it paid for their children to attend but those that couldn’t pay were equally as welcomed.

Many of the children lived with social and learning difficulties as a result of impoverished living conditions and disrupted family lives. It was important to be mindful of this and be considerate and attentive to each child’s needs.

Although we were there to try to teach English to the children, this was in a very relaxed environment where playing with, caring for and loving the children was seen as equally if not more important. I absolutely loved my time with the kids and I found it difficult to leave.

On my last day the kids made me a poster and I was presented with a watermelon with a candle on top (this was not some weird Brazilian tradition they merely had no time to bake a cake!). I was also delighted and a little speechless when they took me on a surprise trip to a nearby Samba school and I was treated to seeing the kids samba moves!

I signed up for a few Portuguese lessons a week alongside my project. After buying some ‘teach yourself Brazilian Portuguese’ tapes and failing to pick much up before I left, I thought the lessons would help me get the most out of my project. I was right, in that although it’s not essential to speak the language it can allow you to feel more independent and also to become more involved in the projects.

They organised the lessons to fit around my teaching and my language teachers were very accommodating when I would arrive rushed from school/crèche without having done my homework due to a late running lesson or bad traffic!

My lessons were one-to-one which was fantastic as I could move at my own pace - in my case this was pretty slow! We covered practical topics such as purchasing goods, food and drink, transport and helpful classroom phrases. I also got useful tips from my friendly teacher on where was best to shop and go out in Rio! And every lesson I was offered Coffee (which I learned to drink short and black with lots of sugar) and sometimes homemade cakes!

I can't speak highly enough of my local co-ordinator, Fabio, he was great! Always available and constantly checking in with us to make sure we were happy with everything. He introduced us to the schools and the children but also to the City. He took us out to sample local food, music and dancing, we also saw him in action practicing Capoeira (he teaches it). Anything I needed to ask about my projects or Rio, he had an answer for and I’m very grateful to him for ensuring I had such a good time.

The Art Hostel where I stayed was amazing, it is in a great location, a very safe, vibrant and interesting area of the city and I felt really welcomed and thrown into Brazilian culture during my stay, they also pushed me to speak Portuguese which was great!

I had an unforgettable time in Rio de Janeiro and although I didn’t visit at Carnival time, there was still a vibrant party atmosphere. I’m not a big football fan but Futebol is an entirely different ball game and seeing Fluminense Vs Boca Juniors game at the huge Maracanã was a highlight of my trip.

With a volunteer placement I was able to see sides of the city that most tourists brush past or don’t see at all.

(1) Teaching Disadvantaged Children
(2) Care for Children in a Creche on a Volunteering Placement, in Brazil

Sorry for not writing earlier. It's been crazy since I got back home. I still haven't got over my Brazilian experience. :) Just wanted to thank you. It's been exactly as you told me it would be, mind blowing!

As I tell everybody that asks, I just can't explain. You have to do it, to feel it in order to know what I'm talking about. As you have done it, I'm sure you know what I mean. Thank you, Travellers.

(1) Teaching Disadvantaged Children
(2) Portuguese Language Course in Rio de Janeiro

I had a super time in Rio. I love working at the Centers, seeing the children's smiling faces every day was refreshing. They fulfilled me as a volunteer. I really miss these children.

One special experience I had was with one little girl who stayed by herself, she did not speak or play with the other children. She had a bad rash and sores all over her body. She was scratching all the time. I bought some lotions and creams and applied it to her sore areas and she got better and better. I spent more time with her and she started talking. I got her and the other children to interact and play games together. Soon she was just one of the group and fitted in with the rest. I will never forget her and she made the experience so special for me.

I really would recommend anyone to take time to be a volunteer with Travellers.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Favella Schools in Rio de Janeiro
Plus Portuguese Language Course and Capoeira Course

I have been so busy! Everything is going really well. I feel like I have settled in really well! Brazil as a country is absolutely beautiful! And I'm already in love with all the people, everyone has been so friendly!

I think Brazil for me is the perfect place for my Gap year - and the location of our hotel is great. We do have the internet in our hotel but I've been tending to use an Iinternet cafe which is just down the road. There are loads of restaurants just round the corner where me and the other volunteers have been eating at nearly every night - also there is a McDonalds 2 minutes away for emergencies!

I'm working at a school and enjoying every minute of it. They've lowered me in very gently - I began just sitting in lessons - helping out, reading dialogues etc., but now by my third week I have my own conversation class and am often left alone with the students to play games in the other classes I attend.

The teachers are really approachable and if you need help with anything they're so willing to chat to you or give you ideas about conversation topics and print out activities for you.

All my classes so far have been about 20 minutes walking from the hotel. I don't usually start until 2 in the afternoon and then have 2 or 3 lessons which are about an hour and a half each.

I'm also taking Portuguese lessons and Capoeira lessons with the other volunteers - which Fabio organized for us - so I'm keeping very busy. Also had a lot of use out of the swimming pool which is a 2 minute walk away!

The accommodation is simple - but perfect for what we need, we even get our laundry done every week! The breakfast is nice - fruit, bread, ham, cheese and a selection of fruit juices. Everywhere is great value for money - me and Ursula (another volunteer) ate out last night on under 3 pounds for both of us!

We've been to see the falls and they were absolutely beautiful. Just them alone made this trip worth it! I'm having a really good time, and I don't want to leave! So glad I've still got 9 weeks left!

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in io de Janeiro

I feel that I have learned to work in a very different type of environment to that which I am used to. I have had to overcome the language barrier (well sort of!). I have had to adapt to a different way of teaching sports. Perhaps the most important experience is meeting so many new - and very different - people.

The best part of the placement I chose was meeting new people. I often talk to people that come back from holiday saying that the people there were really friendly. However I feel like I have lived here and so have had the chance to meet the real people and they are still friendly even after 2 months. Even when I was not working, just going to the school to meet the children, teachers and the parents was amazing.

Without a doubt I would recommend this placement to anyone if they are willing to come with an open mind and are prepared to try and adapt to a different culture. I loved it. If they turn up with certain expectations and find that the reality is very different then they may be disappointed.

They also have to be prepared to adapt and the change the way that they would normally act/think. There was nothing that Travelers didn’t tell me other than they need to be prepared for the hectic school days and that plans can chop and change at a moment’s notice - but that is all part of the fun.

Can you describe a typical day?
There wasn't really a typical day but that’s why I liked it so much. I would always start at about 9.30, which normally meant leaving the hotel at 8.15. More often than not I would help the P.E teachers with running their classes. However I have taken English classes, helped with the younger children, worked in the office and also done various other tasks around the school.

Lunch is normally sometime between 11.30am and 1pm and is eaten in one of three places depending on the day (in the teachers staff room, a classroom or in the cafeteria). Normally I would finish around 3pm.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in io de Janeiro

Everything is going well and I'm enjoying being here. I am teaching at a school and it's very professional, the facilities are good - am currently in their computer room which has about 20 computers available to be used by students, all with internet access.

Everyone is very friendly and the students are keen to learn although they initially find it hard to adjust to my accent. I am mainly teaching in the evenings and this gives me time to prepare for lessons as well as explore during the day.

The school has offered me free Portuguese lessons, which is great becauseI want to learn as nobody speaks English here (outside of the school) and it will be helpful for when I go travelling later.

At the moment my timetable is Mon 6:30- 8pm, Tue 2-3:30pm, 7-8pm. 8-9:30, Wed 6:30-8pm, Thurs7-8pm, Fri 7-8pm, Sat 2-4:30, 6-8pm. Lessons are mostly in the afternoons, evenings and on Saturdays.

The school has lots of good teachers and for half of the lessons - those that aren't conversational - I share the teaching with their permanent teacher and act as more of an assistant.

There are three schools so on Saturday I teach at another one of these (which is about half an hour away) and get a lift from another teacher. It is good to be teaching different age groups and abilities. Lots of people are studying tourism or work in hotels, so they are learning English as part of their course or have their lessons paid for by hotels that want them to learn. It is great to have interaction with students, we have found out more about what to do.

There is lots of `festa junina` at the moment where each neighborhood has a party/festival in a park. We went to the large town festival last week called `fartel´ which had a Fun Fair and lots of different stalls

The school co-ordinator does Capoeira (similar to break-dancing, that originated from slaves dancing in crop fields to entertain and strengthen themselves) and he is very good at it. He is keen for us to learn, Joy is going to classes most evenings. I have been as well - it is very difficult but fun too.

At there moment there seems to be a bank holiday more or less every week as it is June. This is good because it gives Joy and I more time to do stuff together - we went to Argentina on Thursday and tomorrow (another holiday) we are going to Paraguay!

Teaching Ballet to Disadvantaged Children in Rio de Janeiro

Rio is such a vibrant and beautiful city, the people are so welcoming; therefore I wasn't nervous for long. Everyone at made me feel at home and it was a brilliant experience.

I really couldn't have asked for a better bunch of kids! The children 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 Ballet school is a great organisation, the children enjoy every day there! I suppose it is like an escape for them!

My Portuguese was quite poor and so was the kid's English therefore at times it was difficult to communicate, however by the second week we were all finding it much easier. The way in which the Ballet classes were run/taught was quite different to my Ballet classes in Scotland because here in the UK Ballet is all about discipline and in Rio it was all about having fun, which at the end of the day is more important!

I have never met such happy people in all my life, Carioca's love to sing and dance and this for me was a great thing to experience.

Being by myself was at times difficult, but I really wouldn't change my experience for the world! The people at my hotel, Fabio, Kayla and everyone at the Ballet school were all like my own little family! I would definitely recommend a trip out to Rio and volunteering somewhere like this, it really was the best time of my life!

Thank you to everyone who made my trip such an enjoyable and successful one!

(1) Teaching Disadvantaged Children
(2) Care for Children in a Creche on a Volunteering Placement, in Brazil

I have been here coming up to 2 months. It is a fairly small city set out in blocks and is nearly always incredibly hot, hitting 42C on some days and never dropping below 20C even at night. However, in winter I have been told that temperatures drop to about 23C in the day and 15C at night.

There is always something to do here at night and nearly every type of taste in food is catered for.

The placement has incredible job satisfaction, unrivalled by that of teaching teenagers or older students, as a bond develops between us and the children. As many come from broken homes and/or are stricken by poverty, they look to us like father figures. For instance in a week we are taking them to the local zoo, somewhere where they may never be able to go.

Compared to the dreadful ‘sue culture’ coming about in England, it is refreshing to be able to see kids play properly, when they hurt themselves playing football, they pick themselves up and learn not to do it again. For me, working with children gives incredible job satisfaction. The coordinator is incredibly helpful and approachable.

At night for things to do, there is a cinema which shows films in English and 2 bowling alleys, about 4 night clubs playing both commercial and non-commercial dance through to Samba and rock music. There is also a multitude of bars to have a social drink at.

Can you describe a typical day?
My placement is at a children’s crèche for underprivileged children, about two minutes from the hotel. It is run by three nuns, but they do not teach the classes. The crèche has children aged from 3 to 6 year olds; they are split into groups and looked after by “Tias” literally meaning “auntie”.

Another volunteer and I teach 38 five year olds from 9am to 10am and 40 four year olds from 10am – 11am. Though these timings are not strict as we generally dictate how long the lessons last, and usually end up spend time playing afterwards. We then teach the 6 year olds in the afternoon 2.30 – 4-30, they are split into two groups of 16, and we have a coffee break in between each class. All the children call us “Tio”, or “uncle” in English.


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