||All year round, you choose
your start and finish dates.
From 1 week to 6 months
or longer, subject to visa
||No qualifications needed,
just a big dose of enthusiasm!
Minimum age 17.
||Full Price List
pre-departure support and
►Food (Breakfast only)
►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
Food (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 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
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
breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.
Available as part of the
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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
Center 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 Center 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!"
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
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND ...
Our schools run all year round except
for a few public holidays and the week
Carnaval takes place in 2015 from 13th
to 18th February.
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.
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
program if you'd like.
Dan Stanley teaching in class
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
With friendly staff and a relaxed
atmosphere, you are sure to 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 and 3!
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
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
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
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.
is for sure, you will not go hungry in
Got any questions? Please email us:
here for an interview with
Travellers Volunteer Vera Tyler on BBC
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
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 teaching clases.
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 program (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.
OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:
your placements, you can also book some
Optional Add-Ons to make the most of
your Travel Experience.
This 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
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND
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.
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,
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
Ipanema is Rio's most chic beach for
the rich and the beautiful.
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 beach soccer.
(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
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.
some adrenaline packed fun, try
hang-gliding, especially around
Pedra Bonita, near Pepino beach.
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
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
To read about
Travel arrangements and what happens
when you arrive in your new country,
please click here.
Support & Backup:
read about the
& Backup we provide
before you leave and during your
Volunteer Vera with some
of her students