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Volunteer in Brazil: International Volunteer Work Teaching English Project in Brazil

Projects Abroad Inc

Street Address:
347 West 36th Street
Suite 903
United States

International Volunteer Work Teaching English Project in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Dates of Program
Contact Organisation
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
16 to 75 Y
Project Review

Brazil’s economy is currently experiencing something of an economic boom, but the financial prosperity is failing to filter down through society, with an estimated 55 million Brazilians still living under the poverty line. Exploitation of these classes is rife and there have even been accusations of slave labour still existing in some parts of the country. With poor public services and an unreliable social security system, Brazil looks set to remain very much a third world country for the foreseeable future.

For Brazil’s children, one possibility for a better future lies in the learning of the English language, which can allow them access to so many areas of future employment. In a Portuguese speaking country, on a Spanish speaking continent, there has never in the past been a great deal of importance placed on learning English, but more recently this has changed, as globalisation has taken effect. Unfortunately, the better English tuition tends to come at a price, which has restricted it to the middle classes. As a Projects Abroad volunteer you can help to address this imbalance.

As an international volunteer, English teaching in Brazil will give you an amazing new perspective on this incredible country. You can gain invaluable work experience abroad without any previous qualifications, and you are not required to have undergone TEFL training. Whether you are coming to volunteer abroad during your gap year, career break or an extended vacation, you will have a role to play in one of the schools that we work with, and you will be able to make a real difference.

Major Responsibilities

Volunteer Opportunities Teaching English in Schools with Projects Abroad:

Projects Abroad Brazil is based in metropolitan Rio de Janeiro. Here we work in schools, with children who have varying levels of English. They will all have had some English language teaching in the past, but often it will have been with teachers who did not have particularly good standards of English themselves. Consequently they may have a very good grasp of the grammar and structure, but lack the confidence to actually speak the language. This is where our volunteers come in. By running lessons in English and making them fun and inclusive you can really help to develop the pupils’ confidence. They are sure to be interested in you and American life, and you can take advantage of this to get them talking to yourself and each other.
In most schools you will begin as a classroom assistant, supporting the teacher in lessons. However, as you get to know the children better and start to grow in confidence you will want to take on more responsibility. If you have any other interests – such as art, music, drama or sport there will be opportunities to incorporate this into your classes too.

Cost/Program Fee
USD 3,345 (1 Month) and USD 4,695 (3 Months)
What program fee Includes

What is Included?

  • accommodation
  • food
  • airport pick up and drop off
  • full travel insurance
  • medical insurance
  • in-country induction with a staff member upon arrival
  • support and 24 hour back-up from both our local and US/Canada staff
  • personalized MyProjectsAbroad page
  • pre-departure support from Desk Officer by email and phone
  • visa support (if applicable)

What's not Included?

  • international airfare
  • any extra spending money for traveling when you're abroad.
Skills/ Qualifications

Whatever your skills, as a volunteer in Brazil you will make an important contribution by improving students’ spoken English and giving them the confidence that comes from being able to communicate with a native speaker. The impact you have on the lives of your students will be obvious and long lasting, but you will also be part of a much larger international volunteer network, which is making a really positive contribution to the wider community. It will be an overseas experience you never forget!

Arrangements for Room/Food

Accommodation: Local host families are carefully selected because they are friendly, welcoming and will go out of their way to look after our volunteers. Where we can't provide host families we place our volunteers together in secure accommodation.

Food: We will ensure you are provided with 3 squares meals a day; you can't work on an empty stomach!

Any Missing Important Information


Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is included automatically; you are covered no matter where you are from or where you are going. This can be extended on request to cover other travel you may be doing. Volunteers who are 65 or over at the date of outbound travel will be required to pay a supplement for additional insurance.

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