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Internship in Brazil

Would you like to get involved with a meaningful program? Have you been searching for an internship in Brazil? Do you want to improve others’ lives while developing your skills and discovering new talents?

Spending your summer in Brazil is a great idea. Through this affordable abroad experience, you will explore some of Brazil’s most amazing features, like natural landscapes and unique cuisine, while expanding your horizons and discovering your potential career path. You will gain practical experience, sharpen interpersonal skills, and explore cultural perspectives that will contribute to your future career and personal growth. You will push the boundaries of what you’re capable of to become more independent and flexible, boosting your confidence and making you a more desirable applicant for future jobs!

Based out of Rio De Janeiro (also known as the ‘marvelous city’), IFRE Volunteers offers internships opportunities to students who want to learn about social issues of Rio de Janeiro and provide a helping hand to the communities that are tackling these problems. You can discover projects in teaching computer skills, working with children, empowering women’s groups through handicrafts, and more! Our Brazil internship programs offer something for everyone.

IFRE invites you to explore the wonders of Brazil while giving back to those in need and gaining invaluable world knowledge. Browse through some of our most popular programs listed below or contact us for more details.

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Popular Internship Opportunities in Brazil

Every detail from the graffiti painted walls, lush rainforests, and pristine beaches make Brazil a great place.IFRE works with a variety of local organizations to support a great variety of opportunities. We’ve listed some of our most popular projects below.

Despite being one of the most loved destinations in the world by tourists, Rio de Janeiro has not been untouched by the grasps of poverty. The poorest families who reside in the Brazilian shanty neighborhoods are otherwise known as favelas.

With the scope of computer and technology reigning over the millennial generation, IFRE created the ‘The Teaching Computer Internship” which aims to teach children and youth of the favelas to learn how to the use and operate computers. This way the local favela youth can learn how to navigate the internet and learn about the importance of technology in today’s fast pacing world.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

To intern in Brazil’s teaching computer skill program, you do not need to be a tech-geek or highly qualified in computer technology field. It is not a strict requirement to be fluent in Portuguese either, however, being fluent will help you a lot as this project involves a lot of interaction with local people.

If you do not know Portuguese, we suggest you take Portuguese language classes to make communication easier with locals. You must be passionate about teaching and have a willingness and enthusiasm to fulfill the role of a computer instructor while interning in Brazil. Being flexible and patient also helps.

There is a dress code for all interns: no shorts or sleeveless shirts and you must have a presentable appearance (i.e. no excessive tattoos or piercings). You must be eager to teach and care for these children, and you also need to have a basic understanding of the Portuguese language in order to work effectively within this school-based project.

An Interns’ Responsibilities

In Brazil, your summer internship teaching computer skills will require that you show local children and youth how a computer is operated and how it can be used in daily work, from using MS Word, Excel to conducting internet searches and using the internet to connect to the world. You will also be teaching them about computer maintenance.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding teaching volunteer program in Brazil.

Many childcare centers in Rio de Janeiro help working couples taking care of their children. However, couples in the favelas (Brazilian shanty neighborhoods) struggle to make ends meet and do not have sufficient resources to afford childcare services. There are a few childcare centers that target these couples and support making their childcare more affordable. Through Brazil’s childcare internship, you will help in these childcare centers and have a great opportunity to learn more about childcare, social work and pediatrics.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

When you intern for the childcare project in Brazil, you are expected to be fluent in English. Furthermore, beginner to intermediate knowledge of Portuguese is preferred, but it is not a requirement. We suggest that you to take Portuguese language classes to make communication easier with locals. You must be passionate about teaching and taking care of children but being flexible and patient also helps.

There is a dress code to intern in Brazil’s childcare centers: no shorts or sleeveless shirts and you must have a presentable appearance (i.e. no excessive tattoos or piercings). You should be eager to teach and care for these children, and you should also have a basic understanding of the Portuguese language.

An Interns’ Responsibilities

You will be helping the Child Care Center workers by taking care of children from impoverished families. You will be responsible for playing with the children, giving them love, teaching them arts and crafts, tutoring them and helping in the kitchen. You can choose to get involved in the administrative duties of the center too. You will learn how a childcare center is run on a daily basis. It is a great way to learn and to strengthen your resume.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding childcare volunteer program in Brazil.

In Brazil, Sports and athletics are a part of everyday life and embedded into the Brazilian culture. However, in most low-income areas referred to as favelas (shanty towns), children do not have the opportunity to work with coaches or to play sports in an organized manner. IFRE offers youth athletic internship opportunities in the community of Complexo do Alemão, a group of favelas in northern Rio de Janeiro. As an IFRE intern, you will work with children in local schools and organizations within the community.

When you use your summer to intern in Brazil’s youth athletics program, you will work with local children to help them develop athletic skills and encourage them to lead active, healthy lives. In the past, our athletic interns had a positive effect on the community and children they’ve helped. Because of this, the local community is very appreciative of our work our interns provide. It’s time to carry on give back to these impoverished communities.

To top it up, you can be part of the Youth Athletics Internship Project with IFRE even if you’re in Rio for a small amount of time. IFRE Brazil can help you through short term volunteer placements in short-term youth athletic internship projects.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

No specific qualifications are required to join the youth athletics internship program in Brazil. However, you must enjoy sports and work with children.

While basic Portuguese is preferred, it is not required. Most importantly, you must be flexible, patient and respectful of your host country culture and traditions.

An Interns’ Responsibilities

As an intern in Brazil, you will assist local schools and community centers with sports programs and games. You will lead and coach local children in a wide variety of sports, such as football (soccer), volleyball, skateboarding, circus training, martial arts and more. You may also use your English skills and speak with the children.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding youth athletics volunteer program in Brazil.

Are you a native or a fluent English speaker? Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to share your passion and teach English? Yes! Then, look no further. This opportunity to participate in an internship program teaching English in Brazil might be just what you are looking for.

  • Teaching English in rural schools’ internships from $200
  • Have fun and feel safe during your teaching internship in Brazil
  • Participate in a recommended teaching English program
  • Visit Brazil, get involved with local projects and teach English abroad.

Sadly, there is an insurmountable level of poverty in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Children from the favelas have slim 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

To participate in a Brazil’s international English teaching internship opportunity, you need to be fluent in English. Furthermore, beginner to intermediate knowledge of Portuguese is preferred but is not a requirement.

We suggest that you take Portuguese language classes to make communication easier in Brazil. You must be passionate about teaching and taking care of children, with the willingness and enthusiasm to fulfill the role of an English instructor. You must also be flexible and patient.

There is a dress code in place: no shorts or sleeveless shirts and you must have a presentable appearance (i.e. no excessive tattoos or piercings). You must be eager to teach and care for the children, and you should also have basic understanding of the Portuguese language to work effectively with these school-based projects.

The Intern's Responsibilities

As an English teaching intern in Brazil, you will be teaching English or assisting English teachers in classes at schools. You can also choose to teach other subjects like art, mathematics and science according to your knowledge and experience.

You will also help in organizing extracurricular activities and have an important role to play making the learning process fun and more interactive. You can use interactive methods to teach like flash cards, singing songs, etc.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding teaching English volunteer program in Brazil.

If you are interested in our amazing volunteer programs in Brazil, please feel free to contact us.

Internship Program Fees & Dates:

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

Since 2003, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected intern abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality intern programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to intern 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 weekly program fee is paid in the host country directly to your service project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

The Brazil internship program and volunteering fee is basically same. However, unlike volunteers, interns often work closely with guided supervision from a local project director, and a small weekly supervision fee ($25-50/ week) may be incurred in addition to volunteer program fees.

Learn more about our highly affordable volunteer program fees in Brazil.

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Internships vs. Volunteers Programs

In general, volunteer programs abroad focus on humanitarian outreach and project support. Volunteering is popular amongst people who want to share their love and passion for underprivileged children, impoverished communities, or conservation efforts in need of resources.

Internship programs focus on creating a real-world learning environment for interns and students so that they practice professional development and obtain new skills. Similar to volunteers, interns may work on a variety of projects (many times alongside volunteers) that benefits local communities, children, wildlife and similar projects. Teaching programs, medical outreach, and children’s support are the most popular internship projects.

Accommodation & Food

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Brazil interns will have the choice of staying in one of two hostels. Both have a kitchen and western style bathrooms available for use. Rio Hostel is located in the downtown area of Rio De Janeiro and is in a safe and secure neighborhood. The neighborhood is called Santa Teresa and consists of picturesque views, charming shops and bohemian culture.

The other hostel, Cabana Copa, is located within walking distance of the world-famous Copacabana Beach, a metro station and a beautiful natural park.

You will find it easy to travel from both hostels to the project sites, as well as to other places in Rio famous to visitors, such as beaches and other attractions. In the hostels, our interns in Brazil will share rooms with other international interns or volunteers of the same gender.

Breakfast will be served in the hostels, but you will need to eat lunch and dinner outside, and you will be responsible for this cost. Good food is inexpensive in Brazil and readily available and if you have dietary restrictions (food allergies, vegan/vegetarian) inform IFRE in advance so that we can accommodate you.

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Field Support and Supervision

Once your Brazil internship program begins, our local internship staff members in Brazil will stay in touch with you constantly. Our staff will visit you every two to four weeks whenever possible and you will always be welcome at the office. We recommend that you stop by the office once a week to give feedback on their hostel stay and project, especially if you are staying/working in the local area. Many minor issues can avoid escalation with a just little extra communication.

Your will be working with local staff members and an in-country coordination team. If your project is located far from our offices, then our local staff will communicate with you regularly via email and/or phone call.

We are available at the local office via email and phone during your entire internship in Brazil. It’s our job to make sure that you feel safe and healthy.

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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 YOU 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.

Free Time

During your internship opportunity in Brazil, you will have the weekends off. IFRE does not arrange activities during your time off, but our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements to travel in Brazil. It’s a great time to learn and explore. Our IFRE internship coordinators and staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and to help booking your trips.

Rio De Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, is situated in the South Atlantic coast. Its breathtaking views, magnificent beaches and vibrant carnival are renowned throughout the world and turn Rio de Janeiro in one of the most visited cities in the globe.

You can go around the city, visit renowned monuments, and enjoy the Carioca night life, visit attractions like Christ the Redeemer, the Sugar Loaf Mountain, beautiful beaches like Copacabana, Ramos and Flamingo and end the day watching a beautiful sunset, just to mention a few things you can do during your internship placement in Brazil.

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FAQs: Internship in Brazil

Arrival and Departure

Your internship requires arriving into Rio de Janeiro International Airport. Once you arrive, an IFRE representative will be waiting to pick you up.

Please consult our country coordinator before leaving your home country for your internship, and make sure to send us your correct flight information once you have booked your travel. If there are any changes, delays, or if you miss your flight please contact us as soon as possible.

We do not offer airport drop-off service.


To prepare for your trip to Brazil, you should secure a tourist visa. Depending on your nationality, a ‘visa on arrival’ may be available. You may extend your visa by visiting the department of immigration if you decide to stay in Brazil longer.


Before you embark on your internship in Brazil, the CDC recommends obtaining vaccinations against:

Rabies, Hepatitis A-B, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Meningitis, Typhoid

How can I apply?

Brazil intern applications are very straightforward and easy to navigate. Simply go to the program website, fill out the online application, and then submit it to us. We will follow up with you within 24-hours of your application submittal.

Why go with IFRE Volunteers?

IFRE Volunteers is a non-profit organization who wants to change the world. Established in 2006 and trusted by more than 22,000 people, IFRE is well experienced in providing outstanding, safe, and meaningful intern experiences not only in Brazil but all over the world. Our transparent, tax-deductible fees are the most affordable rates in the world.

When you give back through one of IFRE’s intern abroad program, we will connect you with an amazing and unparalleled team of people who will support you through your journey.

Our Volunteer Abroad Programs

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Check out A Complete Volunteer Abroad Guide : Everything You Need To Know to learn more about what is volunteering abroad. If you want to know how to volunteer abroad for free, go through our Volunteer Abroad for Free article. If you are a college student and searching for meaningful summer volunteering programs, check out our popular articles Community Service Trips For College Students and Summer Volunteer Programs For College Students .

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