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ETIV do Brasil

Teach English in a Tropical Surf Town

Gain valuable teaching experience working with an international NGO while gaining transferable skills and experiencing life in beautiful Itacaré.

About ETIV

ETIV do Brasil is located in the beautiful fishing and surfing town of Itacare, Bahia. Our mission is to connect international travelers with meaningful volunteer opportunities to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil.

ETIV Teaching Positions

Our ETIV volunteer English teachers will receive support from the director and the assistant director, although we are looking for volunteers that already have some background and/or experience with teaching English. Most of our English classes will be focused on teaching children and youth English, but volunteers can certainly offer some classes for adults as well. The community center where we offer our classes is already situated in a poorer area of Itacaré, which is ideal because we mainly want to focus on targeting children and youth who attend the public schools and who would not have the opportunity to receive English classes otherwise. Our English volunteers will be expected to work at least 20 hours per week, but a significant portion of that time can be dedicated to prepping and planning your classes as well as home visits and staying connected to the community. In addition, we will work with you to help you plan and organize a local fundraiser party or pub quiz to raise money for your project and any materials necessary to help you and the future volunteers that come after you to be supported and successful in the teaching position.


While teaching English, we also want our volunteers to teach many of the core values that lay the foundation for ETIV's work. This includes: mutual respect, cultural appreciation, caring for each other, speaking the truth, acting honestly and transparently, the value of a good education, sharing and being generous (as opposed to stealing or taking things that don't belong to you) and actively caring for the environment and all sentient beings. In fact, we encourage our volunteers to teach these values through all of our programs, but particularly those that are focused on working with children and youth.

These positions are perfect for someone seeking meaningful work experience in a stunning location with a thriving Afro-Brazilian culture. Itacare is unique place where the Rainforest meets the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful beaches, jungles, coconut trees, waterfalls and wildlife abound.

Suitable for


Typical day

8:00 AM Breakfast on the balcony overlooking the beautiful river
9:00 - 11:00 AM Plan English Class with other teachers
11:00 - 3:00 PM Lunch and either a hike to an amazing waterfall or surf at one of the beaches
3:30 - 4:30 PM Portuguese Lesson with local teacher
5:00 - 6:00 PM Capoeira class
6:00 - 8:00 PM Teach English class to 5-15 year olds
8:30 PM Dinner at a local restaurant
10:00 PM Drinks and dancing at a local bar

Teach English in a Tropical Surf Town Teach English in a Tropical Surf Town The kids of Passagem love their English classes! One of Itacare's many beautiful beaches Our volunteers enjoying the sunset Volunteer House

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) and Portuguese (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
English at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
* some background and/or experience with teaching English.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at ETIV do Brasil are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

We can also provide stunning eco-adventure tours in and around Itacare as well as cultural education classes including Portuguese, Samba and/or Capoeira classes. Also there are 7 stunning beaches close to Itacare, some which have great waves for surfers and hikes to waterfalls are possible. 

Water Sports

Included Services

What's included?
  • 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
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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Itacaré/Brazil between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 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.

Get ready to volunteer in Brazil

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Brazil. Please check the visa regulations for Brazil.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Brazil and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Brazil.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Brazil.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Eduardo Gomes (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Brazil you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Brazil.
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Rua Massaranduba 26, Itacaré, Brazil

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