Lead Swimming Teacher and Coordinator

ETIV do Brasil
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Coordinator | Jaci
Coordinator | Jaci
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Teach swimming to the kids of Itacaré as part of our SwimTayka classes. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About ETIV

ETIV do Brasil is located in the beautiful fishing and surfing town of Itacaré, Bahia. Our mission is to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil, withy a deep focus on youth development


ETIV do Brasil is looking for a dedicated SwimTayka Coordinator to teach swimming lessons, drowning prevention and environmental education in beautiful Itacare, Brazil during the months of April and May, 2020. SwimTayka has produced a fantastic curriculum full of of fun and educational activities to support this work, although the Coordinator and the volunteers will also have the freedom to incorporate some of their own educational programming and activities as well. The SwimTayka Coordinator is in charge of managing the entire project and supervising and supporting all of the other volunteers participating.

Main Responsibilities

  • Build relationships with the community and recruit participants for the classes

  • Gather parental signatures of all participating children and youth

  • Purchase any materials necessary to properly

  • Keep track of the budget and keep in close correspondence with ETIV and SwimTayka staff

  • Teach and supervise our swimming lessons, drowning prevention and environmental trainings using the SwimTayka curriculum and manual provided

  • Work closely with the Environment Education Team to offer environmental education to the children partaking in the swimming lessons

  • Supervise, support and facilitate meetings with any other SwimTayka volunteers you may be supporting

  • Take attendance, evaluate and document progress and maintain our SwimTayka program database up to date and organized

  • Keep the swimming materials organized and always put all materials away after every class

  • Attend ETIV weekly staff meetings and complete weekly staff reports

  • Build positive relationships with the families to improve attendance, behaviors and ETIV’s community relations

  • Help us recruit more volunteers to support our SwimTayka Program

  • Create a SwimTayka Manual for next year's coordinator and volunteers


  • Fluency in English and Portuguese

  • 30 hours of work per week

  • Swimming Certification, CPR and first aid certification

  • Strong leadership, social and organizational skills

  • Patience, flexibility and punctuality

  • Ability to work during the months of March, April and May, 2020


This position is perfect for someone seeking a meaningful work experience in a stunning location with a thriving Afro-Brazilian culture. Itacaré is unique place where the Rainforest meets the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful beaches, jungles, waterfalls and wildlife abound

Please include a cover letter and your resume or CV in your application.

Typical day

A typical day for the swimming coordinator includes a meeting with the other teachers to prepare the swimming program as well as attend the swimming class during the day. Afterwards some free time activities can be enjoyed with the other coordinators and volunteers.

Free-time activities

ETIV do Brasil gives volunteers the option to add on Portuguese and Capoeira classes to their experience. ETIV can also link volunteers to stunning eco-adventure tours including rainforest hikes to secluded beaches or waterfalls, kayaking through mangroves, paddle boarding, white water rafting, snorkeling, and much more!
Water Sports
Winter Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Portuguese (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Swimming Certification and CPR and first aid certification
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Fluency in both English and Portuguese as well as experience in teaching swimming to kids. A Swimming Certification, CPR and first aid certification are a must.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by ETIV do Brasil

Similar to most volunteer lead NGOs, ETIV does require a volunteer contribution, although we are among the most affordable, particularly for our location. This contribution is critical to the sustainability of the NGO and helps covers costs of administration, your insurance coverage and all of the support that we offer to our volunteers.


You will receive:

  • Pre-departure orientation and preparation
  • Induction and biking tour of Itacaré
  • Introduction to your project
  • Strategy meeting to help you plan and achieve your top goals during your time with us
  • Ongoing supervision and support, including any additional meetings you may request to receive support with plans, strategies, ideas, questions etc.
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Insurance Coverage


We do offer housing at our ETIV Volunteer House, which overlooks the beautiful river Contas in the Passagem neighborhood of Itacare. Rental prices at the volunteer house include all bills including gas, water, electricity, and WiFi as well as filtered drinking water, toilet paper and hand soap. There is also a shared kitchen with a large stove and refrigerator/freezer that comes complete with pots and pans, cups, plates, bowls and silverware. However, there is not a washing machine and volunteers are expected to hand wash or they must pay to get their laundry done in town. 


Rooms are subject to a $250 (USD) deposit, which is fully refundable as long as you fulfill all of the requirements stated in your rental agreement.


Normal Monthly Rate in USD:


Room                           Individual               Shared (per person)

smaller rooms                 $192                         $137

large rooms                      $220                         $165


High Season Monthly Rate (Dec-Feb)


Room                          Individual                 Shared per person


smaller rooms                 $247                           $165

large rooms                     $275                           $192



Additional Options:

You can also add these options onto your volunteer experience for an added fee:


Taxi pickup from ilheus airport - $53

Package of 10 Portuguese classes - $165

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ilheus/Bahia-Jorge Amado Airport (IOS) in Ilheus. We assist you to find cheap flights to Brazil.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Brazil provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Brazil you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Brazil.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Start date: March 2020

End date: May 2020
The position is for the seasonal spring classes.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
12 - 26 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
12 weeks (min. stay)
13 weeks
14 weeks
15 weeks
17 weeks
19 weeks
26 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$91 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. ETIV do Brasil will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with ETIV do Brasil during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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