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Volunteer Teaching English in Brazil

Do you want to travel to Brazil and work with children? Would you like to teach English and offer your students hope for a brighter and more prosperous future? Then IFRE’s volunteering teaching English program in Brazil is just what you’re looking for!

Brazil is a unique destination in South America that has a lot to offer the international traveler. With more than 2,000 beaches, the famed Amazon River and rainforest, a diverse blend of ethnic and cultural heritages, and Rio De Janeiro with its colorful, Samba filled nightlife, there’s something for everyone.

Although Brazil is a top-notch tourist destination, its inhabitants struggle with poverty and many live in slums called Favelas. Children living in these favelas and attending public schools lack access to an English language education, and they never have the opportunity to learn from native speakers. Volunteer in the community of Complexo do Alemão, a group of favelas in northern Rio de Janeiro, and help fill this gap!

English is an in-demand skill that helps Brazilians get higher-paying jobs and have access to greater opportunities. Your dedication to help impoverished students learn English will have a huge impact on their lives and futures, and you will gain valuable experience teaching in a classroom setting!

Do you want to change the lives of countless poor children while on the adventure of a lifetime? Then contact IFRE today to learn more about our volunteering in Brazil in teaching English program!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

As a volunteer at our teaching English in Brazil project, you will be assisting local teachers in helping young students master the art of basic conversational English. You will plan and lead lessons, help children with their homework, and reinforce important life skills such as cooking, sewing, painting, cleaning and gardening. You may also pitch in with extra-curricular activities and help the school with administrative tasks and fundraising.

Your hard work and dedication in helping teach these impoverished children will change their lives. Your students will be able to use the valuable English skills you provide them to lead successful careers in the future in the lucrative tourism industry, escaping the harsh realities of the poverty they are currently living in. Your time with them will touch your heart and change the way you see the world.


Skills and Qualifications:

We welcome volunteers from a variety of backgrounds! You should have a passion for working with young children and be eager to help them learn. You do not need to have a teaching certification, and the only qualification required is a solid grasp of the English language. Native English speakers and those with basic fluency in Portuguese are preferred, but neither is required. All volunteers are encouraged to be flexible, patient and do their best to inspire and encourage their young students.


Your time as an English teacher in Brazil will be greatly rewarding, and each and every day will be filled with fun and exciting experiences as you immerse yourself in this amazing country.

First Day: On your first day, your local coordinator will bring you to your Brazil volunteer project site and introduce you to all of the amazing people you will be working with. You will have an orientation that will give you all the information you need to know to get started making a difference!

Weekdays: Your teaching begins on the second day, and atypical volunteer day is as follows:(Your hours will vary dependent on the school placement that each volunteer is working at)

7.00 to 7.30 AM: You will enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hostel.

7.45 AM: Travel to the local school you will be volunteering at and get ready for an exciting day teaching English to eager young Brazilian students!

12.00 PM: Break for lunch.

3.00 PM: Your fun day of teaching English wraps up, and you are free to sightsee, explore, or return to relax at the hostel.

6.45 PM: Dinner. Visit one of Rio’s delicious restaurants and sample Brazil’s mouthwatering cuisine.

Weekends: You are free to explore the exciting destination of Brazil!

(Please note school holidays in Brazil runs from Jan - March. The project will be unavailable during this time.)


Volunteer Teaching English in Brazil: Fees & Start Dates:

Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low teaching English Brazil volunteer project’s weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fees (US$)

    Duration Teaching English
  1 Week $395
   2 Weeks $645
   3 Weeks $920
   4 Weeks $1,195
   5 Weeks $1,470
   6 Weeks $1,745
   7 Weeks $1,020
   8 Weeks $2,295

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day

Fee covers only breakfast in hostel, no launch and dinner

Airport pick-up and transfer $50

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

You will stay in a lovely, safe, and comfortable hostel located just a five-minute walk from the world-famous Copacabana beach. You will share a room with other fellow like-minded volunteers of the same gender. A delicious breakfast will be provided each morning at the hostel, but you will be responsible for your own lunch and dinner.

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Free Time and Weekend Exploration

You will have every evening and weekend free to explore the sights and sounds of Brazil, and with the beautiful beaches, rainforests, and Rio’s active nightlife, you’ll need it! Take advantage of your free time abroad and make the most of this exciting destination!

To read more about all the amazing things you can do in your free time from your Brazil volunteer project, click here.


Safety and in Country Support

Your safety and well-being are the #1 priority for IFRE, and we do everything we can to ensure you have a safe and secure volunteer experience. You will have the guidance and support of our passionate and experienced in-country staff who you can reach out to 24/7, and you will receive training on any safety measures you need to follow.

To learn about IFRE’s focus on safety and the in-country support we provide, click here.


Volunteer Teaching English in Brazil: FAQs

What do I need to know about arrival and departure?

Rio de Janeiro International Airport is the designated arrival point for you if you’re planning to take part in our teaching English volunteering program in Brazil. Be sure to provide your flight itinerary to our in-country coordinator in advance, and they will arrange for your pick-up. A local representative will meet you when you land and take you to your accommodations. If your flight is delayed or changed, inform us ASAP and we will rearrange your pick-up time.

We highly advise you to arrive in Brazil one day before the start ofyour volunteer project. This will give you time to rest and be prepared to start your service work the next day. Your volunteer fee only covers your accommodations during the project placement, so you will need to budget for this extra night. Let our in-country coordinator know of your plans, and they may be able to help you make the arrangements.

IFRE does not provide airport drop-off service after the completion of your Brazil volunteer project. You will need to take care of this yourself, but our local project staff can offer advice on how to set up a taxi or take public transportation.

Do I need a visa to volunteer?

Yes, a Brazilian tourist visa is a must for anyone planning to visit Brazil for volunteering work. You can obtain one by visiting the Embassy of Brazil or a consulate based in your home country. Make sure to have it done a few weeks before the start date of your volunteer project.

There’s no on-arrival-visa available for international volunteers in Brazil. But you can apply for a Brazilian e-Visa online. As of today, citizens from countries such Canada, America, Australia, and Japan are eligible for the Brazilian e-Visa.

Your Brazilian e-Visa will only last for 90 days, so if you choose to stay longer than that then you will need to apply for a visa extension. For that, you will need to visit the office of Federal Police. You can further extend your tourist visa for an additional 90 days. If you need advice on this matter, contact our in-country coordinator.

If you want to learn more about Brazilian eVisa then check out this website.

What vaccinations will I need?

Vaccinations for hepatitis B, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, shingles, polio, typhoid, chickenpox, influenza, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), measles, mumps and rubella, rabies and hepatitis A are compulsory for anyone planning to volunteer in Brazil in teaching English project. You should meet with your doctor to discuss your travel plans prior to getting vaccinated.

Click this link to get more information about vaccinations for Brazil.

For further readings:

Vaccination

Volunteer Health and Safety

Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

Why volunteer in IFRE’s teaching English project in Brazil?

Volunteering as an English teacher in Brazil is an amazing experience that allows you to visit some truly spectacular destinations while making a huge difference for impoverished children living in the favelas.

Give disadvantaged children a better future

English is one of the most popular languages in the world and is a must for the modern job market. Learning how to speak English can help impoverished Brazilian children grow up to obtain higher-paying jobs and can open doors for them to bright and successful careers. By being a part of this project, you can make a great difference in the lives of disadvantaged kids and give them the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty their families are stuck in.

Elevate the level of education in local Brazilian schools

Local schools in Brazil, particularly in the poor Favelas where you will be teaching, lack qualified, fluent English teachers, and without the help of international volunteers, kids would never have the chance to learn from native speakers. The level of English taught is often very basic and low, and you can help elevate the quality of this aspect of the children’s education.

You will get experience teaching at an international level

IFRE’s English teaching volunteer program benefits both the children and the volunteers, as well. Getting hands on experience teaching in an international classroom directly helps you in your future career as well as academic prospects. Many English teaching jobs exist worldwide, opening up a potential future traveling the world or living in an exotic location. Many companies and universities will also look very favorably on your experience volunteering abroad, setting you apart from other candidates.

Other Volunteering Projects in Brazil

With IFRE there is no end to the ways you can change the lives of people in Brazil. You can

teach vital computer skills,

provide childcare to poor families,

organize youth sports programs and much more.

Contact IFRE today to learn which project is right for you!

Other English Teaching Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide

People all over the world wish to learn the English language to provide them with greater opportunities in life. To provide this valuable skill, IFRE arranges English teaching programs in many different countries, the most popular of which are listed below:

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