Trip Details

If you love teaching and being with children, then experiencing this Brazilian community as an assistant ESL teacher is something that you will really enjoy! English is one of the most commonly used languages for communication worldwide, and by teaching the local children of Manaus, you are giving them an invaluable skill that will likely broaden their future opportunities.

Generally, public schools offer very few English classes throughout the week. Therefore, private language schools offer extra hours for those who need it and want it. These schools provide classes for school children, all the way up to young adults. This is where you will mainly be teaching, teen-aged students. But you might also get the chance to teach in either primary, secondary or high schools around Manaus.

You will receive plenty of guidance, as you work together with local teachers, while they follow their Brazilian school curriculum throughout the week. One thing to note is that the school here isn’t always that formal. In fact, it’s the informal interactions with students that may have the most impact! Simply by having someone to practice with and prompt conversations in English, you’ll be able to help them work on their pronunciation and vocabulary.

The school may ask you to teach English either in the morning, afternoon or evening. Depending on need you may also be asked to teach the morning and afternoon classes or the afternoon and evening classes for longer periods.

The school is a short 15 minute walk from the accommodation. A coordinator will accompany you on the way there and back.

Aims & Objectives

  • Inspire children to learn through creative teaching methods
  • Improve local children’s educational prospects and widen their cultural interactions
  • Gain invaluable and practical experience in teaching
  • Assist local staff by providing an extra hand

Trip Itinerary

Meet a new generation of eager students and help them to improve their English, as an assistant teacher in Brazil!

Your main objective will be to assist local Brazilian teachers in their ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom. The school follows the Brazilian curriculum, but you’ll still have a chance to take part in planning as you teach English in fun and creative ways. This will help children gain practical conversation skills, something that may prove invaluable to them later in life

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Brazil 🙂

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances***

Trip Accommodation

You will be situated amid the beautiful Brazilian City of Manaus, which has a long history that has also included another name (Barra do Rio Negro). Manaus is located in northwestern Brazil, right in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, and has a population of two million.

Although this magnificent city is 1400 km inland – away from the Atlantic Ocean, the water isn’t far away at all, as it just happens to be where the Rio Negro joins the Solimões to form the Amazon River. The river tours here are amazing, and if you get lucky, you may even spot some pink dolphins. If not, there are plenty of river beaches, where you will count yourself just as lucky to relax and enjoy yourself underneath their lush trees.

With its river access and close proximity to to the rainforest, this city can basically offer everything Amazona. From flora to fauna to indigenous tribal traditions, Manaus is fast becoming quite popular. Yet, it has been able to retain its own unique sense of charm and mystique by keeping its strong culture alive.

Accommodation & Food

You will either be staying at the participant house or  a home-stay where you will be living in a Brazilian home with one of our students. Our accommodation is basic rooms with 1-4 people per room.

Food Arrangements
All the meals served at the accommodation will be typically Brazilian, including rice dishes, potatoes, beans, spaghetti, meat, sandwiches and vegetables. Water, coffee and tea are available all day.

Facilities
There are all facilities in Manaus that you ever might need.

Sights & Surroundings
There’s lots of things for you to do over the weekend. There are some amazing waterfalls to explore, there are different river tours that you can take, you might want to visit one of the many cultural centres, you can go down to the beach for the day or maybe, just go into central Manaus for some shopping, the choice is yours.

 

Trip Country Info

Brazil

Capital: Brasilia
Language: Portuguese
Currency: Real (R$)
Time zone: BRT (UTC-2 to -5)

Country Information
Brazil is a huge country that possesses a great variety of natural wonders, interesting culture, a bustling nightlife, a diverse wildlife, beautiful beaches, wonderful festivals, scrumptious food, samba dancing, and much, much more.

Brazil comes from the Portuguese word for brazilwood, a tree that once grew plentifully along the Brazilian coast. Brazil is the fifth biggest country in the world and is bordered by all countries in South America except for Ecuador and Chile. This big country covers 47% of the continents land area. Brazil contains a major portion of the Amazon river basin and contains one third of Latin America’s population.

Climate
Brazil is something of an all-year round destination with temperatures rarely below 20°C, except for in the mountains and southern regions. The climate in Brazil varies from hot and dry along the coast to humid and sticky in the tropical rainforest of Amazon jungle. The summer in Brazil runs from December to February and the winter is from June to September. Since Brazil covers almost half of the South American continent the climate varies a lot between the regions.

Culture
The Brazilian culture is one of the world’s most varied and diverse as it has been greatly influenced by Portuguese and African people, as well as other European countries like Italy, Germany and Spain. This diverse cultural background has helped boast many celebrations and festivals that have become known around the world. One of them is the colourful Carnival of Brazil which is an annual carnival held 51 days before Easter. The carnival is the most famous holiday here and has become an event of huge proportions. For almost a week festivities are intense, day and night, mainly in the bigger and coastal cities. They are wearing masks and colourful costumes and dance to the beat of drums and music. During this time shops can close down to join the parade and dance their way through the city till late evening.

Portuguese is the national “language” in Brazil, but it has it’s differences when compared with European Portuguese. This is because the Brazilian Portuguese has incorporated words and phrases from the African and Indigenous people. Brazil has over 180 Indigenous languages that are mostly spoken in rural areas.

Gastronomy
The food scene in Brazil is a culinary melting pot merging influences from all over the world. It varies a lot between the regions, they have their own way of cooking and their own traditional dishes. The brazilian people love to cook with their fresh fruit and vegetables like okra, coconuts corn and beans. Many national dishes contains beans, rice or manioc (cassava) flour. A very popular dish here contains just rice and beans. In variation to rice and beans, Brazilians also eat pasta dishes and of course, pizza, usually made in a wood-fire oven with a thin, flexible crust.

Feijoada is often described as the national dish here, especially in Rio de Janeiro, as other parts of Brazil have their own regional dishes. The dish contains black beans, a variety of salted pork or beef product, and at least two types of sausages and jerked beef. In some regions vegetable or banana is added to the stew at the end of the cooking. It is usually served with white rice and oranges on a Saturday afternoon or for Sunday lunch.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa