Teaching English in Favelas

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High­lights

Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike
Improve the future prospects of some of the most impoverished people in Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela
Explore Rio with fellow volunteers!
Making memories you will never forget
Meet like-minded volunteers from all over the world!
This wonderful project was created with the goal of helping to improve the English speaking abilities of the residents of one of Rio de Janeiro. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

This wonderful project was created with the goal of helping to improve the English speaking abilities of the residents of one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela (shanty town) communities: Complexo do Alemão, as well as the favelas of Vidigal and Rocinha, in the southern part of the city. As is common in many of the worlds poorer communities, an ability to speak English unlocks a new world of possibilities for children and opens up many professional opportunities for the working-age, often within the service and tourism industries. Unfortunately, access to English tuition is limited for many residents of the Complexo do Alemão community, so this project offers free short-term intensive English classes to enable favela residents to prepare for the job market, school exams, and to simply improve their future prospects.  

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide free English language classes to the residents of Complexo do Alemão – one of Rio’s largest favelas,
  • Improve the future prospects of some of Rio’s most impoverished people, and help them to break the poverty cycle,
  • Expose non-English speakers to native English speakers in order to improve pronunciation and conversational skills,
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.

Typical day

  • Teach English to classes of 5 – 30 students (per class)
  • Design English curriculum and lesson plans (optional)
  • Network with local residents and local project staff
  • Monitor students’ progress and write debriefs

Free-time activities

This program is located in the favela (shanty town) community of Rocinha- in the southern part of this sprawling city. Rio is Brazil’s second most populous city after Sao Paulo and is symbolized by the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer which stands atop Sugarloaf Mountain and watches over all of Rio. World renowned for its eponymous carnival, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and of course the 2016 Olympics, Rio has something to offer every traveler. This is an amazing location for volunteers to not only give back to the local communities but to have a truly memorable experience! 

Sightseeing
Hiking
Sports

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Emergency Contact, Police Check and Resume
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 Love Volunteers

Fees cover:

  1. Airport pick-up on arrival
  2. Orientation & full safety briefing
  3. Accommodation 
  4. Breakfast
  5. 24/7 local support network
  6. Project placement & onsite supervision

The listed program fee above covers your accommodation from Sunday to Saturday each week of your program, but for those who wish to stay on in Rio after the completion of their volunteering program (to explore or to simply wait for a more convenient departing flight time), extra nights at the hostel can be arranged for US$25 per night. Simply let us know and we will book this for you (additional accommodation fees to be paid directly to the local team on arrival into Rio). 


Airport Pickup at Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
Arrival/Departure Airport: Rio de Janeiro–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (aka Galeão International Airport), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Code: GIG)

Accommodation

Volunteers on this project are accommodated at one of Rio de Janeiro’s top youth hostels - the CabanaCopa Hostel - which is perfectly located in the safe and popular area of Copacabana next to a beautiful nature park just three blocks from the famous Copacabana Beach and within convenient access to metro stations, restaurants and the many attractions of this vibrant city. Volunteers will stay in shared dormitory-style rooms of various sizes, with shared bathroom facilities. Hostel amenities include (but are not limited to): bed linens, breakfast, drinkable water, hot water, luggage storage, maps/tourist information, high-speed internet, 24hr security and Check-in, A/C in rooms (or ceiling fans), big individual lockers, multilingual staff, towels, other entertainment options such as TV rooms. Several awesome communal areas are provided for guests to hang out, catch up with the many fellow travellers, or to simply relax!

All standard amenities are available in the hostel, including hot showers and modern bathrooms, air conditioning/ceiling fans, microwave, bed linen and free drinking water. There is even free Wi-Fi, an onsite bar and a pool table! Private double rooms w/ensuite are available on request for an additional fee and external laundry services are available nearby. The hostel is well managed and meticulously clean, is a perfect home away from home and a wonderful base for your stay in Rio!

Volunteers are provided with a traditional Brazilian breakfast every day at the hostel (included in the program fee). They then have the opportunity to use other meals times to experience the amazing culture and cuisine that Rio has to offer. Simply get a few of your fellow hostel mates together and head out to one of the many local restaurants, bars or cafes and enjoy all the local and international delicacies on offer! Easy! 

Guesthouse
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) in Rio De Janeiro. 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

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 4 weeks to 8weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

On Monday morning you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers (if you haven't already!). A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. They will also help you with purchasing a local sim phone card if required. Local maps and a transport guide are provided free of charge by the hostel. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have!

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens January 2022. Apply Now!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,861
5 weeks
$2,206
5 weeks
$2,206
6 weeks
$2,551
6 weeks
$2,551
7 weeks
$2,907
7 weeks
$2,907
8 weeks (max. stay)
$3,252
Average fees
$436 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Love Volunteers 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 Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Teaching English in Favelas

This wonderful project was created with the goal of helping to improve the English speaking abilities of the residents of one of Rio de Janeiro.

$436/week

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