Teach English to Children in Schools

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High­lights

An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand. Plus lots of adventure activities to do in your free time.
You'll learn a lot from top experts. You'll gain new skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
You're making a difference! The enormous satisfaction of knowing that your work is contributing to children's education. This is an extremely rewarding project
You'll make friends for life, plus you'll expand your global network of contacts. And you'll have a huge boost for your CV or Résumé !
You're in Brazil! Top of many people's Bucket List! An amazing culture and vibrant sights - a colorful country packed with exciting experiences waiting for you!
Teach community school children on the stunning Island of Florianopolis! You'll assist the English teacher in regular lessons, introducing your own culture. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The public schools in Florianopolis are attended by around 700 students aged between 6 and 16 years-old. These schools are supported by the local government and the students are all from the local community and do not pay anything to attend the school. Most of the students in public schools are from the local villages.

The schools hope that by having volunteers helping, this will broaden the student’s horizons, help the students to see how important is to learn a second language, especially if it is English, as well as introduce the volunteers culture and how important it is to understand and respect it. The children (and teachers!) benefit enormously from the experience of having a native speaker working together with them!

You'll assist the teachers in their regular lessons, introducing your culture! Volunteers are also welcome to develop their own teaching project, being the “main teacher”, and in this case the local teacher and coordinator will be there to help you with planning the lessons. You are also very welcome to bring your ideas to contribute to the children’s process of learning, using your abilities and the school’s structure, such as playground, garden, kitchen, arts room …

You are welcome to either assist the English teacher in regular lessons, introducing your culture, motivating students to learn about it, presenting new possibilities or you are also welcome to develop their own teaching project, being the “main teacher” in this case.

You can introduce your culture to the students using the resources available; for example: you can show the students the music that’s on the radio in your city nowadays and develop some practice exercises using the song as a theme. Or you can talk about the typical food in your country and study the vocabulary related to that food, and maybe prepare a dish with the students and have a picnic together. There are so many possibilities

Anything that you can contribute to the students’ development and interest in learning is welcome.

If you're keen to “play the game” on your own, the school is happy to help you with organizing one specific project that suits your abilities or interests to introduce a different kind of knowledge to the children. In this case, lessons can be taught in the evenings, after the regular school period. You can use the school’s structure to teach anyone from the community who is interested in the lessons. For example: teaching dance for 2 hours every evening. Or you could match these “alternative lessons” to the regular English teaching schedule. If you would like to do this, please let us know at least 3 weeks prior to your arrival so we can plan this for you.

Working Hours: Your working hours are likely to be 8:00am to 5pm, Monday to Friday – usually with one week day off to lesson planning.

The period of regular lessons is 4 hours long, with the children attending either the morning or afternoon sessions. The morning’s starts at 8am and finishes at midday and the afternoon session is from 1pm to 5pm.

In these regular public schools, English is taught in the mornings and afternoons on 4 days of the school week, to different groups of children, so the main teacher has in total 32 hours of teaching per week.

You can either work full-time – 4 mornings and 4 afternoons – or choose some mornings and some afternoons, if you prefer having more free time to explore the city.

There are approximately 35 children per class, some are at the beginner’s stage and some are at intermediate level of English.

At the private school, the director believes in new ways of Education. In this school, students do not need to remain seated inside a classroom listening to a teacher for many hours a day. The innovative proposal in this system is to provide tools for students to look for what they want to learn. The tutors – who have different skills and abilities, such as music, dance, arts, sports - are always there to help and suggest topics and activities they know students are interested in.

The school is attended by 280 students, with 30% of them economically less fortunate so they do not pay anything to study here.

Teaching Music: If you have experience in music, you are more than welcome to use it as a tool for teaching. One of the schools has sweet flute available for the students. Currently, music is not taught in regular lessons, but if you know how to play flute, you can also mix English and Music by presenting some English songs, or any other possibilities you might think of.

Typical day

There is no 'typical' day as such, it will depend on many things, such as whether you choose to work mornings only, or morning and afternoon sessions, or whether you choose to teach English only or you prefer to combine it with other subjects, such as Arts, Music, cooking ... It can also depend on whether you choose to use informal means of teaching, such as using gardening or cooking to get across to the children how to use English in every-day activities.


Whatever you do, each day will be a new experience - and a delight!

Free-time activities

Make the very most of your time there! Florianopolis is Brazil's playground, so we've arranged a selection of optional activities you can do. These are not only fun, they also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-).

For example, you could:
  • Paraglide above the mountains and beaches to take in the breathtaking beauty of the island. 
  • Go Horseriding through the dunes
  • Take Capoeira classes - hectic, but it's a good way to feel the expression of Brazilian culture!
  • Do a Picture Postcard Trek around the Islands.
  • Or Samba classes - very enjoyable, very cultural
  • Yu could do any one of a number of City Tours - a great way to get to know your new home.
  • And don't forget Surfing lessons! Florianpolis has 42 beaches (!) and what better place to learn to surf?!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Riding

Require­ments

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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Travellers Worldwide
The fees include:

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
Welcome Dinner in a local eatery
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion

The fees don't include flights, insurance, food (except breakfast, which is included) and return transfer to the airport.
Airport Pickup at Hercilio Luz International Airport

When you arrive, you will be welcomed at the airport by Ana Maria, our Travellers Brazil Manager, or one of her colleagues, who will then take you to your accommodation and ensure that you're well settled in.

During the first few days of your stay you will be given a general induction and orientation, so that you can learn about the local area, plus useful information, such as how to get around and how to use public transport, where the banks, shops and ... where the best restaurants, cafes and beaches are! Plus a lot more!

You'll also receive an induction at your project; this will generally take place within a day or two after your arrival. Your induction will give you a chance to meet the people at the project, familiarise yourself with the journey to and from the project, get a feel for the project and see the type of work you may undertake.

Accommodation

You'll live with one of our selected guest houses situated in the north of the Island and just a block away from Ingleses beach, one of the most popular beaches in Florianópolis.

One of the Lodges is run by Camila, Bruno and their little baby! Camila and Bruno are a lovely couple who have a passion for sports, nature and animals. They both love surfing, paddle surfing, tracking, sports in general. Bruno works as children’s swimming teacher in a local swimming school. You might be invited to join them on a sand board experience on the dunes near the accommodation and we’re sure you’ll love it! There is a communal living area with a TV, video game and sofa and a garden with relaxing hammocks.

You may share a room with other volunteers or other backpackers and the rooms are bunk bed style. If there are no other guests, you will be offered to choose the bedroom you like most, with bunk beds or double bed.

This guest house in the North of the Island is just a block away from Ingleses beach, one of the most popular beaches in Florianópolis. A 15-minute walk takes you to the centre of the village of Ingleses, where there are shops, supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, banks, cafes, everything you might need and a supermarket is just opposite the guest house too!

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is FREE Wi-Fi / Internet available in the accommodation.

"The accommodation is lovely. Bruno and Camilla are very friendly and helpful. Also, there is a friendly little doggy. During the quiet season, you can enjoy having a room to yourself. It is a 5 minute walk to the beach. You can hear the waves from your bed! It is about a 20 minute walk to the placement. A simple breakfast is provided each morning (bread and butter, coffee, bananas, grapes.)" Heather Oliver

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast is included in this project but you will need to budget for lunch and supper.

Eating out is one of the highlights of living in South America, and an essential part of Brazilian culture! Because of this, the price of your placement includes your breakfast but not lunch or dinner, thus giving you the freedom to sample some of the fabulous food which Florianópolis is famous for.

Breakfast may vary among fruits and juices (try the acai – a delicious berry to sprinkle on your granola cereal), coffee, milk, bread, cheese, butter, jams and sweet cakes (popular in Brazil for breakfast) amongst other things.

Other meals are not provided for you but you will be allowed to use the kitchen facilities to store your food and cook whatever you want You will also receive orientation about local restaurants, many of which can be very cheap, sometimes cheaper than cooking at home.

Meals in local restaurants are very inexpensive and you'll dine out handsomely on about R$ 30 (£6.20), although you could spend only Rs16 (£3.50) for a good plate of Brazilian food (prices are correct at time of writing). In Floripa, there are many restaurants catering for every taste, from Fast Food to Thai, Sushi, Mediterranean, French, German and Italian cuisine as well as a myriad of local Brazilian options.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hercilio Luz International Airport (FLN) in Florianopolis. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Start dates are very flexible. You can choose dates to suit you. You need to arrive in Brazil on Monday to Thursday, between 8am – 6pm.


When you arrive, you will be welcomed at the airport by Ana Maria, your Travellers In-Country Representative, or one
of her colleagues, who will then take you to your accommodation and ensure that you're well settled in.

During the first few days of your stay you will be given a general induction and orientation,, so that you can learn about the local area, plus
useful information, such as how to get around and how to use public transport, where the banks, shops and ... where the best restaurants, cafes and beaches are! Plus a lot more!

You'll also receive an induction at your project; this will generally take place within a day or two after your arrival. Your induction will give you a chance to meet the people at the project, familiarise yourself with the journey to and from the project, get a feel for the project and see the type of work you may undertake.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
£1,295 ($1,722)
5 weeks
£1,495 ($1,988)
6 weeks
£1,695 ($2,254)
7 weeks
£1,895 ($2,520)
12 weeks (max. stay)
£2,895 ($3,850)
Average fees
£283 ($376) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Travellers Worldwide 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 Travellers Worldwide during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Teach English to Children in Schools

Teach community school children on the stunning Island of Florianopolis! You'll assist the English teacher in regular lessons, introducing your own culture.

$283/week

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