The biggest country of South America and indeed one of the brightest and colorful in all the graffiti painted walls, buildings; lush rainforests and pristine beaches, Brazil is a great place to be, especially if learning is what one is looking for. The country most renowned for its soccer history and its vibrant culture and graffiti art welcomes travelers and interns with open arms. The internship programs in Brazil, by IFRE have a lot much to offer to interns.

The internship program in Brazil is based in Rio De Janeiro, also known as the ‘marvelous city’. Despite being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio does not remain untouched by crime, poverty and social problems. IFRE provides internship opportunity to young learners who want to learn about social issues of Rio and provide a helping hand to the communities that are tackling with these problems. Interns can choose from teaching English, teaching computer, child care and handicraft project.

To get a head-start on your Brazil internship program, take a few moments to contact us by email for more information, including travel dates, fees and more. We look forward to hearing from you.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FEES & DATES:

Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

Ifre’s fees for volunteer programs and internship programs are the same. Ifre volunteers offers the world’s most affordable internship programs. When you join our internship program, you pay your fee directly to host families and projects. In this way, we ensure that your money goes for you or the people who need it (not for the organization's profit).

Ifre internship fee comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $299 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, field support, etc). You can visit the following link for details on fees and dates:

http://www.ifrevolunteers.org /brazil/volunteer_in_brazil.php#price

Additional costs for interns:

International flights, visa application/extension, daily personal expenses on beverages/entertainment daily transportation, laundry, telephone, immunizations.

INTERNSHIP IN THE TEACHING COMPUTER PROJECT IN BRAZIL

Despite being one of the most loved destinations of the world by tourists, Rio de Janeiro has not been untouched by the grasps of poverty; the poorest of the population residing the shanty favelas. With the scope of computer and technology reigning over the generation, the ‘Teaching Computer Project’ by IFRE in Brazil aims to teach children and youth of the favelas, the use and operation of computers. It is focused to making the local youth aware of various basic computer skills, the use of internet and the importance of technology in today’s fast pacing world.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED

Interns for this project do not need to be tech-geeks or highly qualified in computer technology. However, they are expected to be fluent in Portuguese, as this project involves a lot of interaction with the local people, though it is not a strict requirement. If interns do not know Portuguese, we suggest you to take Portuguese language classes to make communication easier at a local level. Interns are required to be passionate about teaching with the willingness and enthusiasm to fulfill the role of a computer instructor. They are requested to be flexible and patient.

A dress code is required for all participants – no shorts or sleeveless shirts are to be worn and interns must maintain a presentable appearance (i.e. no excessive tattoos or piercings). Interns should be eager to teach and care for these children. Interns should have a basic understanding of the Spanish language in order to work effectively within these school-based projects.

AN INTERN'S RESPONSIBILITIES

Interns will be teaching and showing the local children and youth how a computer is operated and how it can be used in daily works. They will be teaching them the basic stuff of computer use, example using MS Word, Excel, conducting internet searches, using the internet to connect to the world. Also interns will be teaching them about computer maintenance.

TEACHING ENGLISH IN RURAL SCHOOLS IN BRAZIL

IFRE volunteer with children during teaching project

Sadly, there is an insurmountable level of poverty that exists in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Children from the favelas have thin chances of learning English from trained and qualified English teachers in rural schools. IFRE in partnership with rural schools of Rio strives to bring an improvement in the lives of children by sending in interns to teach English. The internship project is located in the rural suburbs of Rio, where interns will work as English teachers in private or public schools, helping children improve their conversational and comprehension skills in English.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED

Interns are expected to at least be fluent in English. Furthermore, beginner to intermediate knowledge of Portuguese is preferred, but not a requirement. We suggest you to take Portuguese language classes to make communication easier at a foreign country. Interns are required to be passionate about teaching and taking care of children, with the willingness and enthusiasm to fulfill the role of an English instructor. They are requested to be flexible and patient.

A dress code is required for all participants – no shorts or sleeveless shirts are to be worn and interns must maintain a presentable appearance (i.e. no excessive tattoos or piercings). Interns should be eager to teach and care for these children. Interns should have a basic understanding of the Spanish language in order to work effectively within these school-based projects.

AN INTERN'S RESPONSIBILITIES

Interns in the Teaching English Project will be teaching English or assisting the English teachers in classes at schools. Interns can also choose to teach other subjects like Art, Mathematics and Science, as per their knowledge and experience. The interns will also help in organizing extracurricular activities and will have an important role to play for making the learning process fun and more interactive. Interns can use interactive methods to teach, for example, the use of flash cards, singing songs, etc.

CHILDCARE INTERNSHIP IN BRAZIL

There are many childcare centers in Rio de Janeiro that help working couples take care of their children. However, couples in the favelas, who struggle to make ends meet, do not have the sufficient resources to afford childcare services. Hence, there are a few child care centers that target these couples and make child care facilities affordable. An internship in these child care centers can be a great opportunity to learn for interns who have a special interest in child care, social work and pediatrics.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED

Interns are expected to at least be fluent in English. Furthermore, beginner to intermediate knowledge of Portuguese is preferred, but not a requirement. We suggest you to take Portuguese language classes to make communication easier at a foreign country. Interns are required to be passionate about teaching and taking care of children. They are requested to be flexible and patient.

A dress code is required for all participants – no shorts or sleeveless shirts are to be worn and interns must maintain a presentable appearance (i.e. no excessive tattoos or piercings). Interns should be eager to teach and care for these children. Interns should have a basic understanding of the Spanish language in order to work effectively within these school-based projects.

AN INTERN'S RESPONSIBILITIES

Interns will be helping the Child Care Center take care of children from impoverished families. They will be responsible for playing with the children, giving them love, teach them basic art, help around the kitchen and tutor children. Interns can choose in getting involved in the administrative duties of the Center too. They will get to learn how child care centers are run on a daily basis. It is a great way to learn and strengthen your resume.

HANDICRAFT INTERNSHIP PROJECT IN BRAZIL

Poverty in the favelas of Rio is something no unheard of. The women in the favelas are dependent on their significant other, socially and economically. The handicraft project attempts to take small steps towards the empowerment of these women to make then socially and economically independent. The women can learn handicraft from the interns from the internship project. It is a great way to get involved with the local women, as it is a two way learning process, you learn as you teach whereas the women learn as they learn.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED

Interns do not have to possess any educational or professional qualification for the internship. However, knowledge of any kind of handicraft skill or art is highly preferred. Furthermore, beginner to intermediate knowledge of Portuguese is preferred, but not a requirement. We suggest you to take Portuguese language classes, as interns will have to be interacting a lot with the local women. Interns are required to be passionate about teaching and preferred to have a strong inclination to work for women empowerment.

A dress code is required for all participants – no shorts or sleeveless shirts are to be worn and interns must maintain a presentable appearance (i.e. no excessive tattoos or piercings).

AN INTERN'S RESPONSIBILITIES

Interns in the handicraft project will indulge themselves in teaching various forms of handicraft skills to the local women, like sewing, painting, making candles, sandals, perfumes and pottery among others depending upon the intern’s skills and interests. Interns can also teach English to the women and help around with various activities of the project. The handicraft internship project will help interns build a stronger resume and explore future career options.

FIELD SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION

How does IFRE help me when I am in the field? How can I maintain communication? Do you visit me?

Once your internship program begins, our local staff members stay in constant touch with you. Our staff will visit every 2-4 weeks (if possible) and interns are always welcome at the office. We recommend that interns stop by the office once a week, if they are staying/working in the local area, to give feedback on their home stay and project. Many minor issues can avoid escalation with a just little extra communication. Your project will have local staff members in addition to our in-country coordination staff. If your project is located a substantial distance from our offices, then our local staff communicates by either email and/or phone.

We are available for you at the local office via email and phone for your entire trip. It’s our job to make sure that you are safe and healthy.

ACADEMIC CREDIT

You can earn academic credit for most internship projects in Brazil. The best way to receive academic credit is by pre-arranging the project with your college/university. It is up to an intern to communicate with faculty/academic advisors regarding college credit for internship work PRIOR to applying to IFRE. Your college/university may require additional information prior to approval and may require students to submit pre/post research or other requirements.

Alternatively, you can earn academic credit through Seattle Central Community College (SCCC). SCCC offers college credit for a variety of international programs (study abroad, volunteer abroad, intern abroad, language studies and even cultural-exchanging home-stays). IFRE recommends contacting Professor Steve Tash (we can provide contact details) to further explore this option of receiving academic credit for your international internship. IFRE is not associated with SCCC and it is up to the intern to arrange to transfer SCCC course credit to their university/college of choice.

ROOM & FOOD

IFRE manages living accommodations and food. Our interns stay with carefully selected host families. All interns receive three (3) meals a day. Prepared meals are typical of the Brazilian diet. Occasionally, if interns are away from their host families during lunch, they may be required to pack their own 'to go' lunches, with food the host family provides. Your host family is responsible for preparing three meals for you each day. If traditional Brazilian fare doesn’t appeal to you, you are welcome to buy your own food and prepare it yourself. The simple rule is to please not use the family’s food for your own use. If you have other needs for food outside of these meals, you are able to purchase snacks and meals at local restaurants and grocery stores. You will be sharing the house, kitchen and bathrooms with the family members. You will have the ability to do your laundry in the house or the host family may offer to do it for you.

Host family residences are simple and clean. Generally, our host families are respected members of their communities and they live in well-off neighborhoods. Most of our host families are experienced with hosting international interns. Rooms may be shared with another same gender intern. Bathrooms are shared with the family. Toilets are ‘Western style’, yet often there is not always hot running water. Throughout the internship project, our local staff stays in contact with interns either with face-to-face visits or via email/telephone. With longer placements, we visit our interns every two weeks (when possible) and interns are always welcome at the local office. If project placement is local, we request that interns stop by the office once a week to keep us posted on how they are doing with their home stay and project. If project placement is very far, then our local staff members maintain communication by either email and/or phone.

FREE TIME

Interns have free time for the duration of their internship project, weekends and the Language and Culture program. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in Brazil. It’s the time for self discovery and learning. Our IFRE local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and helps to book your travel.

Rio De Janeiro is the second largest city of Brazil, situated in the South Atlantic coasts. The breathtaking views, magnificent beaches and vibrant carnivals are what makes Rio de Janeiro one of the most visited cities of the world. Interns can go around the city, visit renowned monuments and enjoy the night life. Attractions like Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain; beautiful beaches like Copacabana, Ramos and Flamingo; the beautiful sunset and old museums are what interns can go and look around when in Rio.

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