About Teaching in Brazil
For many disadvantaged children, education plays an essential part in helping them move up the socioeconomic ladder. Many schools, however, lack the funding and the resources to provide quality education to their students. World Endeavors teaching volunteers in Brazil contribute their skills and enthusiasm to support both students and teachers in local community schools. Volunteers often teach English, as English language skills are of crucial importance in Brazil’s increasingly globalized economy. Volunteers may also help with extra-curricular activities such as sports, art, or music. Whether assisting a local teacher or teaching classes of their own, volunteers have the opportunity to shape the lives of young students and leave a lasting impact on their host community.
A Typical Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Brazil
World Endeavors volunteers in Brazil can expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. The sample schedule below represents a typical day for a volunteer in Brazil. Keep in mind that when volunteering abroad, a typical day can be anything but typical!
7:00 – 8:00 am: Breakfast with your host family. Breakfast in northeast Brazil often consists of fresh tropical fruit, cheese buns, homemade cake, and coffee.
8:30 – 8:45: Travel by city bus or walk to your language classes.
9:00 am – 12:30 pm: Portuguese classes, with a short mid-morning coffee break.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Break to eat lunch. Cuisine in Salvador is mostly Afro-Bahian, with influences from African, Amerindian, and traditional Portuguese dishes. Because Salvador is a coastal city, many of the dishes contain seafood. Typical dishes include Feijoada (beef and pork stew with beans), Comida Baiana (fish and shellfish, hot peppers, coconut milk, and coriander), acaraje (deep-fried balls of dough) topped with hot peppers, shrimp, and Vatapa (a creamy sauce made from shrimp, coconut milk, and nuts). For most Brazilians, lunch is the largest meal of the day.
2:00-5:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement
5:00 – 7:00: Free time to explore the city, watch a soccer game or people doing Capoeira in the park, explore the cobblestone streets of the Pelourinho district, stroll along Boa Viagem Beach and Forte Monte Serrat, or visit some of the city’s many museums and shops.
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Dinners in Brazil are not typically hot meals, and usually consist of salads, soups, or sandwiches.
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Relax at home, watch a movie, practice Portuguese with your host family, read a book, prepare for the next day’s volunteering, or plan a weekend trip to Rio de Janeiro to take in the sights, the nearby beautiful beaches and islands to relax or go snorkeling, or further inland to Bahia’s beautiful countryside to explore or go hiking.
Project and class schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the details of your placement.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Brazilian culture.
This experience opened my eyes to the differences in culture, whether it be in school or everyday living. I gained a knowledge of the lifestyle, language, etc.
-Richard, Teaching Volunteer in Brazil
Richard is an investment banker in New York. He taught English in Brazil while on the World Endeavors Teaching volunteer program.