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Teach English to deserving children who are full of spirit and enthusiasm. Their teachers are too! 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!

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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Start Dates All year round, you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 1 week to 6 months or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements No qualifications needed, just a big dose of enthusiasm! Minimum age 17.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your Program,
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 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? This project 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 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!

Gap Year Volunteer Teaching in Brazil


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 will 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 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 their parents one evening per week this can also be arranged.

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.

Teaching 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. 

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 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!

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.  

Our schools run all year round except for a few public holidays and the week of Carnaval.
Carnaval takes place in 2015 from 13th to 18th February.

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 that city.

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.

Volunteer Dan Stanley teaching in class in Brazil
Volunteer Dan Stanley teaching in class

Volunteering and teaching in Brazil



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 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!

You will 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 will not go hungry in Rio!


Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

 Click here for an interview with Travellers Volunteer Vera Tyler on BBC Radio Herefordshire

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.

We provide you with a free Teaching Suggestions Guide which we produce in-house to help you plan and prepare for your teaching clases.

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 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 fascinating 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!    

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When 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.


Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Brazil

About Rio de Janeiro
About Foz do Iguaçu
Beach Fun in Florianópolis Gallery


While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

Stand Up Paddle and Surfing Lessons
Portuguese Lessons
Capoeira Lessons
Latin Dance Lessons
Photography Lessons

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 and enjoyment!

Optional activities in Brazil


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


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.

To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.

Coach sports to Children in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Coach Sports to Children in Brazil

Volunteer Vera with some of her students


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