Our Summer Program in Brazil
8 Weeks (June - August) |
In partnership with Brazilian Experience, the WorldTeach Brazil summer program serves communities in the city of Curitiba and coastal towns of Paraná region. The experience aims to provide exposure to foreign languages and cultures while serving at-risk children and their families. Working in collaboration with nonprofit organizations around the city, our projects involve dynamic environments where both volunteers and students are able to share and learn while living the jeitinho, the Brazilian way. You will work alongside local coordinators to create meaningful roles based upon your skills and experience in a variety of areas including business, language, health, operations and education, helping local families to build skills to keep up with the evolving economy.
Brazil is a country known for the fluidity of its culture, the complexity of its society, and the warmth and pride of its people. As the ecological capital of Brazil, Curitiba is one of the most prosperous and organized cities in the country. The capital of the state of Paraná was founded in the 17th century as a gold mining camp, and its two million population is a synthesis of several cultures of immigrants who arrived in the city during the 19th and early 20th centuries. They built a city of eclectic culture: strongly influenced by these Italian, German, Polish, and Ukrainian immigrants, from which the majority of the population is descendant. On the coast, Caiçaras, or traditional inhabitants, descended from the indigenous people who mixed with Europeans and Africans. Here, they live a traditional way of life based on subsistence agriculture, hunting and fishing, a dichotomous relationship with life in the city.
You will serve in Curitiba teaching English, working on projects, and participating in cross-cultural exchange. You will be placed alongside another WorldTeach volunteer at any of a number of nonprofit organizations that, while each have specific missions, all serve at-risk children, adolescents, and their families. These organizations have a long-standing, successful history of welcoming international volunteers to contribute to their work.
A few volunteers in your cohort will be placed in traditional fisherman villages along the coast. If placed here, you can live in the homes of local network members, having the opportunity to offer classes to community members and empower them to create actionable business plans in response to the new community-based tourism project initiatives.
The purpose of visiting these communities is to empower them, connect with the locals, and share their daily life and activities, while generating a new income source for the families and encouraging them to preserve their rich culture.
Placement & Housing
During your stay in Brazil, you will be accommodated by a host family, so you may be able to fully experience the Brazilian way of life. Accommodation may be in single or shared rooms. Host family accommodation is on a half-board basis (breakfast and dinner). Accommodation includes one night before the start of the volunteer program date and includes one night after the end of the program. It does not include accommodation for those arriving before the program start date and leaving after the program finish date, unless Brazilian Experience has informed the volunteer to arrive earlier or leave later than these dates.
After your volunteer service is complete, you and your cohort will be taken on a journey off the beaten path through Paraná’s rural coast. You will visit remote villages and interact with the people who live there, learn about age-old practices, and engage in reflection activities to process your experience.
From the modern and multi-cultural Curitiba, you will be swept into the wilderness by a train that runs through the Brazilian Atlantic coast rainforest to the coast where you will visit and stay in several historic villages. Each village has its own unique characteristics, traditions, and ecological diversity. You will gain intimate access to the daily lives of these coastal villages and how they simultaneously welcome a growing effects of the globalizing world while still preserving the storied traditions of their culture. Do you want to paddle on a caiçara canoe carved out of a single tree trunk, hike through a preserved island forest, or learn how to process the cassava flour? It’s all part of WorldTeach’s summer experience program in Brazil!
Your contribution to the Brazil Summer program of $4,990 goes towards:
- Comprehensive orientation, mid-service, and end of service training conferences
- Planned excursions during program
- 24-hour in-country field staff support
- Pre-departure preparation and visa assistance if necessary
- Supplemental overseas travel medical insurance
- Alumni services and networking
Participants are able to successfully fundraise all or a significant portion of their program expenses. Please refer to our fundraising page for more information about fundraising possibilities.
Volunteers in the Brazil Summer program must:
- Be a native-level English speaker
- Be between the ages of 18 and 74
- Be flexible, open-minded, and patient
- Have a genuine interest in teaching