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Education and Child Care – Rio de Janeiro


The Educational Center aims to give a comprehensive education to the underprivileged youth in Rio de Janeiro. With a mission to transform the lives of the children the Educational Center needs all the help it can get with everything from playing sports to teaching English.

Our Partner Project

Brazilian Experience is working closely on this project with a local organization, which is a social and philanthropic association recognized on the public, federal, and municipal levels. Founded in 1991, they set out with the goal to promote a comprehensive education, including subjects such as sports, culture, basic health care, social services, and professional development, for children and adolescents that come from underprivileged communities.

Their mission is to transform the lives and welfare of the impoverished youth by instilling in them humanitarian values while also providing them with a practical education. All made possible with the help and involvement of their families, the community, and most importantly, YOU!

What are volunteers needed for?

The demand for each day may vary according to the needs of the project. However, typically volunteers are needed for:

  • Teaching English
  • Helping to organize the library
  • Taking care of babies at the nursery
  • Gardening, renovation and painting activities if necessary


Work Schedule

Morning or afternoon. Volunteers are required for a minimum of 20 hours/week. The maximum number of volunteers this organization accepts is 5 at a time.


Program Support

Brazilian Experience will support you during your whole program in Brazil. Volunteers will have our 24 hours emergency number should you need to contact us.

Accommodation and meals

Brazilian Experience organizes home stay placements. This type of accommodation allows students to have a deep cultural immersion. It´s also a great option for those willing to improve Portuguese skills.


Brazilian host families are open, nice and protective. Our families are carefully selected through an interview and house inspection.


The home stay placement includes breakfast and dinner only. Brazilians have a quite light breakfast such as bread, butter or cheese and a beverage such as coffee, milk chocolate, orange juice.


The main meal in Brazil is lunch but nowadays few families go home for lunch in between working hours on week days. On weekends it´s common to have late lunches on Sundays, sometimes they make barbecues with all the family (cousins, grandpas, etc).


Sometimes the family’s get together hour is at dinner time (quite late, usually after 8:00 pm). Some families have a rich meal at dinner, as lunch, and in other cases they just have a snack, being a sandwich or soup.

Accommodation includes one night before the start of the internship program date and includes one night after the end of the program.

Program requirements

Who should apply?

  • Personality: students should be mature, responsible, flexible and adaptable
  • At least 18 years-old
  • Minimum commitment: 2 weeks
  • Compassion and genuine interest in helping
  • Language skills: no previous knowledge of Portuguese is required, but reasonable English and/or Spanish knowledge is necessary. Portuguese is a plus and will allow you to get more tasks during your placement.


Necessary documents to apply

  • Complete online application form
  • Resume
  • One picture of yourself
  • Copy of your passport identification page

Note: The maximum number of volunteers the organization accepts is 2 per period. (Note: that we do not know if positions are available until you apply.)

Dates and fees

Month Arrival Dates National Public Holidays
February/2017 05/Feb 25th  – 29th – Carnival
March/2017 05/mar
April/2017 02/abr April 14th  – Good Friday
16th  – Easter  / 21st – Tiradentes
May/2017 07/May May 1st – Labor Day
June/2017 04/jun Jun 15th – Corpus Christi
July/2017 02/jul
August/2017 06/Aug
September/2017 03/Sep Sep 7th – Independence Day
October/2017 01/Oct Oct 12th – Patron saint of Brazil
November/2017 05/nov Nov 2nd – Memorial Day
15th – Republic Proclamation
December/2017 26/nov Dec 25th – Christmas
January/2018 07/jan 1st – World Wide Celebration
February/2018 04/Feb 25th  – 29th – Carnival
March/2018 04/mar
April/2018 08/Apr April 14th  – Good Friday
16th  – Easter
 21st – Tiradentes
May/2018 06/May May 1st – Labor Day


What is included?

  • Pre-arrival orientation;
  • Airport pickup and transfer;
  • Arrival orientation and reflection sessions along the program period;
  • Welcome kit (Brazilian SIM card, bus card, city guide and more);
  • Volunteer placement and on-site orientation;
  • Selection of suitable homestay accommodation, breakfast and dinner included;
  • Donation to the project;
  • Full-time support from Brazilian Experience.


What is not included

  • Airline tickets
  • Domestic flights and weekend trips
  • Visa fee, if applicable
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses


Best deal – 6 weeks Standard program (2 weeks Portuguese + 4 weeks volunteering): U$2675

Minimum enrollment length (2 weeks volunteering): U$ 1030

Extra week volunteering: U$ 300

Portuguese tuition fee (12-20 hours/week depending on group size): U$ 345


*SPECIAL NOTE: Due to accommodation price increase on high season, stays in Rio de Janeiro

during Carnival period (February 24th – 29th) will incur on an extra fee of U$ 220.



Application process

If you fulfill the program requirements and agree with the suggested dates and fees, you are ready to apply! Check below the necessary steps to confirm your application:


Step 1 – Complete online application form and attach: your resume, one picture of yourself and a copy of your passport identification page

Step 2 – We will confirm the project availability

Step 3 – Pay $150 non refundable deposit

Step 4 – Submit your visa documents to the nearest Brazilian consulate and book your flight

Step 5 – Upon payment we will start the home stay match

Step 6 – We will send your complete placement details

Step 7 – Pay program balance


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R. Cândido Mader, 81 – loja 01 – Juvevê
Curitiba-PR | Brasil
CEP: 80030-300
Tel: +55 (41) 3503-0209
Skype: brazilianexperience
E-mail: info@brazilianexperience.com.br

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