Full Price List / Other
From 1 week to 6 months or
longer, subject to visa
||All year round, you choose
your start and finish dates.
Subject to school holidays,
holiday dates below
||No qualifications needed.
Minimum age 17. You don't need
any qualifications, but if you
have some grasp of Portuguese or
Spanish, that would be a big
pre-departure support and
►Meeting you at the
►Transfer to your
►Transport to and from
►Local in-country team
support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
Flights, Insurance, Cost of
Visas (if a visa is required),
Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project?
project is open to all
nationalities and all ages 17
Suitable for gap years or those
taking a year out, grown-up
gappers, career breakers, anyone
interested in caring for
children, teaching or working
with children overseas while
doing voluntary work, projects
abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer
placement or short break in
Brazil or South America or
South-East Asia, or for those
interested in TEFL teaching.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS
adventure into South America and 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
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
a wonderful crèche that has a lot of
charm and where your help here will be
greatly appreciated. The crèche provides
children aged 2 to 5 years old with an
opportunity to learn and play. They also
encourage the parents to leave the
children at the Centre in the morning
and to attend the afternoon session so
that all parents and all children
interact! The Creche really has a homely
feel to it.
Due to the
level of poverty, neither the children
nor their families have no knowledge of
English, so basic lessons are really
important. Teaching them the alphabet,
colours, names of animals, etc., by
using flashcards, organising games,
singing and narrating nursery rhymes all
bring huge smiles to the children’s
may be also involved in could include:
Educational games and play time
Teaching English, and other general
subjects to the children
Organising and facilitating games
and plays for the children
Preparing food for the children
Helping the children eat
Helping to clean and tidy the
Helping the children to wash their
Nursing and caring for the children
Educating the children about
personal and environmental hygiene
...and anything else you think you
can bring to these worthy institutes
choose how many hours you work a day,
but your daily schedule will usually be
Monday to Friday with your hours being
8.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon and/or 2.00 p.m.
to 6.00 p.m.
There are times when the crèche is
closed due to holidays and festivals.
Please see below:
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
The dates for
2017 are 24th February to 1st March.
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.
You'll stay at one of our selected guest houses in the Santa Monica area of ‘Floripa’. The guest house is run by 3 ladies from the same family and you will be warmly welcomed Graziela, her mother and her little daughter! There are also 2 lovely cats who live in the house.
Internet access: The guest house provides free internet.
There’s a lounge with comfy sofas and a lovely balcony with hammocks in which to chill out!
You'll stay in a room with up to 3 other people; the rooms are basic but you will have a comfortable bed, there is a wardrobe and fans are provided.
The house is located in a central area of Florianopolis, near the universities, so the area around it is always busy with local people coming and going. It is just a 7 minute walk to one of the biggest shopping malls in the city and also close to supermarkets, pharmacies, shops, restaurants - a great place to be situated! At the weekends, the pubs and restaurants around are always crowded with locals who like to go out to relax and have a drink with friends. From this accommodation it is easy to get to other parts of the island using the public bus system.
This project does not provide food, however there are ample supermarkets nearby where you can stock up on provisions and you are welcome to cook in the accommodation. There is a large kitchen and you can store your food there. Alternatively, there are many eateries nearby if you would prefer to eat out.
Got any questions? Please email us:
You don't need any qualifications, but
if you have some grastp of Portuguese or
Spanish, that would be a big help.
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
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.
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
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
On Arrival, your Introduction to the
you arrive you will be welcomed by a
representative who 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.
experience I had was with a little girl
who kept herself to herself, 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 her some lotions and
creams to help her 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."
OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:
your placements, you can also book some
Optional Add-Ons to make the most of
your Travel Experience.
ADD-ONS in FLORIANOPOLIS and RIO DE
can also be combined with any of our
other projects in
Florianopolis or you could even
do a second project in
Rio de Janeiro (or
even a different country), thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND
or Floripa as it is
more commonly known, is the capital city
of Santa Catarina in
southern Brazil. It is composed of one
main island, Ilha de Santa
Catarina, and a number of
surrounding small islands.
a natural treasure with truly
exceptional sights, like beautiful
lagoons, stunning beaches, rolling
mountains lush with Atlantic rainforest,
soft white dunes and an array of small
has something for everyone, from
authentic and rustic fishing villages to
surfer's paradises, high-end Brazilian
summer getaways, pristine and untouched
nature reserves just minutes away from
modern shopping malls and cinema
numerous white and clean sand bottom
beaches attract visitors from around the
world as well as holidaying Brazilians.
lots of funactivities, like
surfing, windsurfing, paragliding,
snorkelling, diving, boat tours,
jiu-jitsu, hiking, whale-watching
and many other ecotourism options.
Florianópolis is blessed with some of
the most breathtaking beaches in the
world, 42 in total and has a wonderful
sub-tropical climate, with average
temperature between 70ºF and 90ºF,
perfect for the beach!
beaches offer everything from secluded
and paradise-like getaways to nature
preserves with long stretches of
untouched and undeveloped coastline such
Lagoa da Conceição, which has
several of the island's most beautiful
beaches, including Joaquina, a Brazilian
temple of surf and stage with immense
sand dunes. It's also home to the
world-wide surfing championships.
Praia Mole, another paradise of
surfers and sun worshippers and a
favourite of the island's young,
athletic and beautiful!
Barra da Lagoa, which
concentrates the biggest fishing colony
of the Island of Santa Catarina and is
popular with backpackers.
Praia da Galheta, a
jaw-dropping coastal nature preserve
completely virgin in its natural state,
with a soft white sand beach, clear
waters and surrounded by lush green
Pantano do Sul beach, known for
typical seafood restaurants and local
fishing boats that make the passage to
the beautiful offshore island Ilha do
Campeche; and Ribeirão da Ilha, an
historic district and one of the rustic
fishing villages of Florianópolis.
miles from the centre of the city, this
entire part of the eastern region of the
island has an advanced infrastructure
and charm very popular with tourists
from around the world.
north along the eastern coast is
Moçambique, the island's
longest beach and completely virgin,
also a nature preserve, and
Santinho beach, a more
populated region offering good tourism
southern stretch of the eastern coast,
Matadeiro beach is a
great option for surfing.
Morro das Pedras has an
agitated sea and a unique rock formation
advancing into the sea.
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
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
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