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Teach Conversational English to Children in Rio de Janeiro

Teach English to deserving children who are full of spirit and enthusiasm. You can also teach Art, Drama and Music, or you can combine projects, for example, teaching Art combined with teaching English.

Teach English to deserving children who are full of spirit and enthusiasm. You can also teach Art, Drama and Music, or you can combine projects, for example, teaching Art combined with teaching English.

You'll most probably work at different schools and with different age ranges throughout your placement, spreading your help to as many children as possible. This will also give you the opportunity to see different teaching styles in practice.

What's included    

  • Arranging your Programme, 
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance, 
  • Payment Protection insurance 
  • Accommodation 
  • Food (Breakfast only)
  • Meeting you at the nearest airport 
  • Transfer to your accommodation 
  • Transport to and from your project 
  • Local in-country team support and backup 
  • 24-hr emergency support. 
  • Free T-Shirt. 
  • Certificate of Completion

What's not included    Food (Lunch and Dinner, see above, breakfast is provided), Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project?     This project is open to all nationalities and all ages 17 and over..


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into South America and the Brazilian culture
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


We work with a number of different schools, each one individual with its own atmosphere and attraction. You may work at different schools and with different age ranges throughout your placement. Some schools cater for children ranging in age from the very young, where you will probably spend more time playing than teaching, to older children who will be excited to meet a foreigner like you and probably won't stop talking in a mixture of Portuguese and what little English they know!

As well as English, you can teach the following subjects in Brazil:

  • IT
  • Art
  • Sports (Football and Physical Education classes)

As well as providing much needed assistance to the children, you can help to increase their self confidence, team skills and generally encourage them to learn the English language or improve their knowledge of other subjects/sports. In some schools you may support a teacher and in others you will be teaching independently.

Teaching independently can be challenging so you may find a few words of Portuguese will go a long way! If you are supporting a teacher you don’t necessarily need to be able to converse in Portuguese. The teachers in the schools are always happy to have some assistance and they appreciate your time.

These children through education have the opportunity to develop social skills and life skills. Along with the staff of these projects, you'll be acting as a positive role model to children, keeping them away from the dangers of the streets. It is not uncommon for children, particularly in Rio's poorer areas to never have left the part of the city they live in. Many will be amazed and confused that you speak an entirely different language - and they'll want to learn it too!

Stephanie White, says of her placement at Santa Tereza: "Everyone at B.D.S.T made me feel at home and it was a brilliant experience. I really couldn't of asked for a better bunch of kids! The children at Santa Tereza are so much fun and very talented, I became very close to them all and I miss them very much! A lot of the families there don't have much when it comes to material things but their culture and lively personalities make up for that! Ballet De Santa Tereza is a great organisation, the children enjoy every day there! I suppose it is like an escape for them! I would definitely recommend a trip out to Rio and volunteering somewhere like Ballet De Santa Tereza, it really was the best time of my life!" 

Our projects are very well structured but, as with all things Brazilian, also pretty laid back! You don't need any qualifications to participate in a teaching placement in Brazil, just a passion to help children improve their knowledge of the English language. Teaching can be extremely satisfying and rewarding, especially when you are able to see an improvement in the children’s’ language abilities. The moment you hear a child use a new piece of vocabulary or use a verb tense correctly will make you feel so incredibly proud and you will know for certain that all the time and effort you have put into teaching has been worthwhile.  .

If you speak some Portuguese (or even Spanish), you will find it very beneficial on this project. But don't be put off if languages aren't your thing! You're sure to pick up some of the basic words whilst you are there, and will find other ways to converse without language becoming a barrier. Don't forget that we can also arrange some Portuguese Lessons for you during your programme if you'd like.

You’ll stay at the Art Hostel Rio, a hostel set up by an artist with a wish to create a hostel that is different to anything else in Rio. Set in a beautiful redeveloped building from the end of the 19th century, you will be surrounded by wonderful Brazilian art, dipping you straight into the culture from the first minute you arrive!

The accommodation is just a short metro ride from Copacabana beach. This is a great place to be as you are only 3 minutes away from the metro station, opposite the Catete Palace and you will be able to visit Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue with great ease.

You'll have access to a kitchen and a couple of communal areas, where you can relax with friends or use the internet. From time to time the hostel has live Brazilian music and there is always a fantastically vibrant, friendly atmosphere. You’ll be staying in a dorm room; however singles and doubles are also available. If you'd like to upgrade to a double or single room, just let us know at time of booking and we can arrange it for you, but there will be a supplement for upgrading. All rooms have their own bathroom and individual locker, but you must bring your own padlock. 

Food is not included in this project, except for breakfast. The Brazilian twist to the continental breakfast is fantastic - natural fruit juice, fruits, coffee, milk, bread, cheese, ham, butter, jams, and sweet cakes (very popular in Brazil for breakfast), biscuits, cereals and yogurts should also set you up for the day.

You're located in the heart of Rio so there is an almost endless variety of dishes and restaurants, which is why we've provided the accommodation as breakfast only. Most of our volunteers regard eating out as one of the highlights of living in South America.

Lunch: This is the cheapest meal of the day. Volunteers often dine out together for lunch at ‘por kilo’ restaurants, which charge based on the weight of your food and can cost as little as (12 BRL) for a fantastic meal (this is at lunch time – dinner at these restaurants is more expensive (25 BRL).

Another good option is to eat at cafes or ‘botecos’, where a ‘salgado’ (a type of savoury pastry filled with meat, cheese or chicken), ‘pao de queijo’ (literally ‘cheese balls’ – delicious little cheese and bread balls) and other things can cost as little as 2.50 BRL.

Dinner: Evening meals are more expensive, generally ranging from around 15-25 BRL depending on your location. A good way around spending too much money on this meal, if you have use of a kitchen at your accommodation, is to cook meals yourself. Staple foodstuff like rice, beans, a whole variety of vegetables and salads can be found very cheaply at supermarkets.

Evenings in Brazil will typically start with dinner at around 9 or 10 pm, usually at a local 'Churrascaria' on weekends. This is a traditional Brazilian BBQ where you'll help yourself to a buffet of salads, pastas and potatoes. Smartly dressed waiters then circulate the restaurant with an endless variety of flame grilled meat for you to choose from, which will be sliced straight onto your plate. A spoonful of Manioc flour (made from the locally grown cassava root) is then sprinkled on top of the meat. This gives a unique, slightly salty flavouring and is strangely moreish! The idea is eating as much as you can and you just need to pay a fee (average 40 BL).

From 2 weeks to 6 months weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements

Gap Year Vitals

  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration: From 2 weeks to 6 months weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
  • Price: From £995



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