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With the importance of the English language spreading in all corners of the globe, Brazil is no different. In addition to English becoming the language required of those looking to participate in today's global market, the constant influx of tourists visiting Brazil makes English-speaking citizens even more of a commodity - enabling Brazilians from ALL walks of life to be eligible for a position in the county's growing industries of tourism and hospitality.In Global Crossroad's English-teaching projects in Brazil , volunteers can teach English to a number of eager, knowledge-hungry citizens. Volunteers will work alongside local organizations aiming to teach a variety of real world skills as well as the English language to children and (occasionally) adults. Brazilians benefiting from these services are usually low income individuals who cannot afford to send their children (or themselves) to schools teaching/offering these skills. Volunteers may also help in developing creative programs for art, music, dance, and sports. Additional assistance with day trips, sanitation, personal hygiene, cooking, and administrative duties may be requested.
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There are no specific qualifications required since Global Crossroad's local coordinator and project staff members provide any necessary orientation and training to adequately perform volunteer activities. However, beginner to intermediate knowledge of Portuguese is preferred as well as individuals who are enthusiastic about caring for others and compassionate to the often unfortunate situations of these children.
In collaboration with its local partners, Global Crossroad arranges living accommodations in a nearby volunteer house located in a beautiful and peaceful neighborhood located in the sprawling city of Rio de Janeiro . Within walking distance, participants will find the world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, the "sambadroma" (location where samba schools compete), pristine beaches, numerous restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, a health clinic as well as easy access the city's public transportation. Volunteers staying in the volunteer house receive cable television, use of the kitchen, internet access, as well as laundry and cleaning services. Additional details pertaining to living accommodations will be included in participants' details prior to their arrival in Brazil .
Passport and visa are required for US citizens traveling to Brazil for any purpose. Brazilian visas must be obtained in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to the traveler's place of residence . There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry to Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa. All Brazilian visas, regardless of the length of stay, must initially be used within 90 days of the issuance date or will no longer be valid. Immigration authorities will not allow entry into Brazil without a valid visa. The US Government cannot assist travelers who arrive in Brazil without proper documentation. It is the responsibility of all participants to research the entrance and exit requirements of their chosen destination by contacting the embassy or consulates office. In response to the introduction of the US VISIT program, on January 1, 2004 the Government of Brazil began fingerprinting/photographing all US citizens arriving in Brazil . Travelers are reminded that they are subject to local law, and that showing contempt to a government official is a serious offense in Brazil.