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CARE FOR CHILDREN IN A CRECHE ON THE ISLAND OF FLORIANOPOLIS IN BRAZIL

Volunteer to care for young children from poor backgrounds in the beautiful beach town of Florianopolis Island. Activities are mainly based on helping the teachers to take care of the children, as well as developing educational games and recreational activities. You'll mainly be playing with the children, feeding them, reading to them and finding ways to interact and help them learn. If you have any special skills, such as playing a musical instrument, sports, arts, etc., you'll be even more welcomed (if that's possible!).

The Creche is a strong proponent of volunteers assisting them because they firmly believe thatthe cultural exchange is very beneficial to the children.

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We've added some exciting new half-day and 1-day tours of Rio, with your own personal guide, to make your stay even more ejoyable!

You can add one, two or more of these low-cost / high fun tours to your itinerary and get to see Rio from a local's perspective.

See the "Optional Add-Ons tab below - the hardest part is which choice to make!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £1,295 (approx. US$1,610) for 4 weeks
£140 (US$175) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 4 weeks to 3 months or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 18. No qualifications or experience required, but you must be enthusiastic. If you have some grasp of Portuguese or Spanish, that would be a big help. You should be able to adapt to a tropical environment and should also be flexible, patient and have an enthusiastic attitude towards children.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Welcome Dinner in a local eatery
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Free T-Shirt
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food, Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Programme? This project is open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in caring for, teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, teaching projects abroad, or study abroad. Also available as a summer placement in Brazil or South America, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.
Available as part of the Latin-American Triangle.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New language skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

Volunteer with children in Florianopolis at a wonderful crèche that has a lot of charm and where your help here will be greatly appreciated. This crèche brings a new style of schooling where children’s needs are the priority. The director of the crèche believes children are constantly learning via everything they live through, so it's not imperative that we teach them all of the time. There are 120 children at the crèche from 1 to 5 years of age and their purpose is to provide an innovative way to educate the children.

Due to the level of poverty, neither the children nor their families have any knowledge of a different culture, so this cultural exchange is really important. The children love having extra people to play with and their smiles really make it worthwhile! Just a small amount of your time can really make a big difference. Take all your enthusiasm with you to the playground and you will make a huge difference to those children´s lives.

Activities are mainly based on helping the teachers to take care of the children, as well as developing educational games, and recreational activities. You'll mainly be playing with the children, feeding them, reading to them and finding ways to interact and help them learn. If you have any special skills, such as playing a musical instrument, sports, arts, etc., please let us know as the crèche would love you to teach the children these wonderful skills.

Work you may be also involved in could include:

  • Educational games and play time supervision
  • Organising and facilitating games and plays for the children
  • Helping the children eat
  • Helping to clean and tidy the crèche
  • Helping the children to wash their hands
  • Nursing and caring for the children
  • Educating the children about personal and environmental hygiene
  • ...and anything else you think you can bring to these worthy institutes

You can choose how many hours you work a day, but your daily schedule will usually be Monday to Friday with your hours being 8-11am and/or 2-5pm.

HOLIDAYS AND CARNAVAL!
There are times when the crèche is closed due to holidays and festivals. Please see below:
• Winter Holiday: 15th July 2017 – 30th July 2017
• Summer Holiday: 22nd December 2017 to 11th February 2018

Carnaval begins at midnight on the Friday before Ash Wednesday (usually around the second week of February) and last for five days, but the whole country stops for about two weeks. Carnaval is celebrated all over Brazil. The most famous is, of course, held in Rio, but the authentic versions of Carnaval are found outside of Rio.

The dates for 2018 are 10th to 13th of February.

CAN'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE?
If you speak some Portuguese (or even Spanish), you will find it very beneficial on this project. But don't be put off if languages aren't your thing! You're sure to pick up some of the basic words whilst you are there, and will find other ways to converse without language becoming a barrier. Don't forget that we can also arrange some Portuguese Lessons for you during your programme if you'd like.

ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay at one of our selected guest houses in the Santa Monica area of ‘Floripa’. The guest house is run by 3 ladies from the same family and you will be warmly welcomed Graziela, her mother and her little daughter! There are also 2 lovely cats who live in the house.

Internet access: The guest house provides free internet.

There’s a lounge with comfy sofas and a lovely balcony with hammocks in which to chill out!

You'll stay in a room with up to 3 other people; the rooms are basic but you will have a comfortable bed, there is a wardrobe and fans are provided.

The house is located in a central area of Florianopolis, near the universities, so the area around it is always busy with local people coming and going. It is just a 7 minute walk to one of the biggest shopping malls in the city and also close to supermarkets, pharmacies, shops, restaurants - a great place to be situated! At the weekends, the pubs and restaurants around are always crowded with locals who like to go out to relax and have a drink with friends. From this accommodation it is easy to get to other parts of the island using the public bus system.

FOOD:
This project does not provide food, however there are ample supermarkets nearby where you can stock up on provisions and you are welcome to cook in the accommodation. There is a large kitchen and you can store your food there. Alternatively, there are many eateries nearby if you would prefer to eat out.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Rafting Experience in Serra Do Tabuleiro Park, Brazil

RAFTING EXPERIENCE IN THE SERRA DO TABULEIRO PARK:
Price: £70
Includes Pickup from and return to your accommodation, Brazilian Brunch

A wonderful experience in the stunning forest of "Serra do Tabuleiro" where you'll paddle down the clear waters of the Cubatão River with a professional guide and other guests. Your journey is around 3km and will take approximately 1 and a half hours of gentle paddling.

If you prefer to have an adrenalin filled adventure, then you can take another route which is longer and covers 7km in around 2 hours! Again you will be with an experienced guide.

After the rafting, you'll be taken to a local café to try the famous Café Colonial, which is a Brazilian brunch, so that you can replace the energy spent in the adventure! You'll try different types of bread, juices, cakes and sandwiches, all prepared in the local community ... and you can eat as much as you like!

No experience required. You’ll be picked up at 11.30am and return at approximately 5pm.

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Horse-riding thrugh sand dunes in Florianopolis in Brazil

HORSE-RIDING THROUGH SAND DUNES IN FLORIANOPOLIS:
PRICE: £45.
Includes Pickup from and return to your accommodation

If you love horses and nature, you'll certainly love this experience! Two hours of horse riding taking in the stunning sand dunes and views of the sea, to arrive at the gorgeous beach of Moçambique. Depending on the weather conditions, and if you choose the evening excursion, you may get to join this trip with the company of the full moon – an unforgettable experience!

No horse riding experience required, as a local guide will be with you during the trip.

From 2pm to 6pm OR from 4pm to 8pm (for the full moon trip).

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DAY TRIP TO COSTA DA LAGOA: in Florianopolis in Brazil

DAY TRIP TO COSTA DA LAGOA:
Price: £60
Includes Pickup from and return to your accommodation and includes Lunch.

Get to know one of the most beautiful places on the island of Florianopolis - The Costa da Lagoa! You'll take a boat to get to the coast and then spend the day enjoying the typical local food and meeting the locals!

You might want to rest by the lake and enjoy the views while you taste some local fish and a caipirinha – a popular Brazilian alcoholic drink - especially prepared by the owner of the restaurant. You can also take a relaxing stroll around the village and discover more about the local culture and nature.

Don’t miss the opportunity to check out the hidden waterfall!

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NATURE TREK TO A GORGEOUS BEACH in Florianopolis in Brazil

NATURE TREK TO A GORGEOUS BEACH:
Price: £60
Includes Pickup from and return to your accommodation.

Florianópolis offers dozens of amazing treks: Islands, waterfalls, lagoons, rocky coastlines, protected areas, fisherman culture, nature.

You can choose your direction - Take a full-day trip to discover the north or the south of the island according to your preference, with most of the trails ending at one of the gorgeous beaches in the island.

There will be plenty of pit stops for you to rest and take photos of the amazing scenery.
Easy, intermediate or hard levels.
Take some snacks, water, suntan lotion, a towel and enjoy the nature!
The Tour starts at 9am and ends at 4pm

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Ju-Jitsu Lessons in Florianopolis in Brazil

JU-JITSU LESSONS IN FLORIANOPOLIS:
PRICE: £25 per week, includes 3 lessons a week of 1.5 hours each. Also includes transport to and from your lessons.

Lessons take place in a classroom attached to a local church, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday evenings for 1.5 hours each session. Classes are held in groups where you'll mix with other volunteers, tourists and local people. You will need to wear a kimono which you can either bring with you or you can purchase one locally.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the martial art with speciality in floor fighting and grabbing, in which weight and strength are not the most important in fighting. Practice this martial art in a Brazilian style, with an experienced Brazilian teacher with over 20 years experience, teaching in Florida and Hawaii. Get to know Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian fighters, make new friends, learn the Brazilian technique and have fun!

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Surfing Lessons in Florianopolis in Brazil

SURFING LESSONS IN FLORIANOPOLIS:
Price: £90 for a Course of 8 x 1-hour lessons
Includes Course fees.
Includes transport to and from each lesson.

The island of Florianopolis has 42 beaches and some of the most consistent surf spots in Brazil! Some of the beaches hold the worldwide surfing championships making it an ideal place to learn or improve your surfing skills. Lessons will take place on either Praia de Ingleses or Praia Barra da Lagoa, normally in the mornings. Your teacher speaks good English and is a member of the local Surf Association.

  • Lessons are arranged in conjunction with your main project and each lesson lasts one hour.
  • The course consists of 8 hours of surfing
  • Lessons are group classes with other volunteers/tourists up to a maximum of 4 people.
  • These lessons cater to all levels of skill, from Beginner upwards.

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Portuguese Lessons in Florianopolis in Brazil

PORTUGUESE LESSONS IN FLORIANOPOLIS:
Price: £70 per week for 5 lessons of 1 hour each per week
Includes transport to and from each lesson.
Includes Course fees.

Your classes will take place at the home of a local Brazilian teacher who has taught Portuguese as a foreign language since 2008. She also lived in the USA for 8 years and speaks fluent English. Lessons take place around 30 minutes by bus from your accommotion.
Classes are in one hour sessions and take place Monday to Friday, and they will be fit around your volunteering schedule.
Portuguese Language Lessons (5 hrs per week at the same time as your main project)
Lessons are available at Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced levels and are in the form of private classes that are prepared personally to fit your needs. You'll also be strongly encouraged only to speak Portuguese

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

Florianópolis, or Floripa as it's known, is the capital city of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. It is composed of one main island, Ilha de Santa Catarina, and a number of surrounding small islands. Floripa is a natural treasure with truly exceptional sights, like beautiful lagoons, stunning beaches, rolling mountains lush with Atlantic rainforest, soft white dunes and an array of small offshore islands.

Floripa has something for everyone, from authentic and rustic fishing villages to surfer's paradises, high-end Brazilian summer getaways, pristine and untouched nature reserves just minutes away from modern shopping malls and cinema complexes. Its numerous white and clean sand bottom beaches attract visitors from around the world as well as holidaying Brazilians.

There are lots of fun activities, like surfing, windsurfing, paragliding, snorkelling, diving, boat tours, jiu-jitsu, hiking, whale-watching and many other ecotourism options. Florianópolis is also blessed with some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, 42 beaches in total and has a wonderful sub-tropical climate, with average temperature between 70ºF and 90ºF, perfect for the beach!

  • Lagoa da Conceição, which has several of the island's most beautiful beaches, including Joaquina, a Brazilian temple of surf and stage with immense sand dunes. It's also home to the world-wide surfing championships.
  • Praia Mole, another paradise of surfers and sun worshippers and a favourite of the island's young, athletic and beautiful!
  • Barra da Lagoa, which concentrates the biggest fishing colony of the Island of Santa Catarina and is popular with backpackers.
  • Praia da Galheta, a jaw-dropping coastal nature preserve completely virgin in its natural state, with a soft white sand beach, clear waters and surrounded by lush green hills.
  • Pantano do Sul beach, known for typical seafood restaurants and local fishing boats that make the passage to the beautiful offshore island Ilha do Campeche; and Ribeirão da Ilha, an historic district and one of the rustic fishing villages of Florianópolis.
  • Further north along the eastern coast is Moçambique, the island's longest beach and completely virgin, also a nature preserve, and Santinho beach, a more populated region offering good tourism infrastructure.
  • In the southern stretch of the eastern coast, Matadeiro beach is a great option for surfing and Morro das Pedras has an agitated sea and a unique rock formation advancing into the sea.

CARNAVAL!
Like Mardi Gras, Carnaval has its roots in ancient pagan ritual. The wild parties began in the Middle Ages. Over time it flourished and incorporated extravagant costumes from India and primitive carnal beats from African rhythm. Carnaval takes place before Lent where Catholic Brazilians officially gave up luxuries such as meat, alcohol and pastries.

The excitement of Carnaval builds practically all year round. Rehearsals at samba schools begin in August and marching percussion bands practise for their performances of music throughout the year. Carnaval Balls are extreme, surreal and erotic events. There is various stages of undress, extravagant body painting, stickered tattoos, fishnets and spandex involved! Hypnotic music, grinding movements and beautiful ladies of the night vying for the camera’s attention are included in the price of the ticket. Some of these beautiful ladies are less ‘lady’ than they may appear…

Street Carnaval is all about the dancing in the streets, marching bands pump out their theme tune and other rhythms as the drag queens and party crazed people bop along behind. The samba parades are perhaps a highlight of carnaval. As the Lonely Planet so nicely puts it, the Brazilians harness sweat, noise and confusion and turn it into art. The best Samba schools in the country prepare all year for their moment of glory. This procession is a competition of the art. There are many aspects to samba including percussion, song, dance, choreography, costumes, story line, floats and decorations. The winner of the samba parades earns admiration and the pride of Rio and all of Brazil.

TRAVEL:

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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

CHEYENNE WEEKS-GALINDO
American
Care for Disadvantaged Children and Adults in Florianopolis

First impressions... it's amazing! Just flying over Brazil was great! Though landing was clearly better!

Everyone has been really great, Ana's parents were fantastic! I have been in Floripa since Friday and it's really great here. I love the city and Ana is awesome.

I started work on Monday and I think I am fitting in well! All the employees are nice and helpful. The elderly people I work with are great too. It's a very good environment.

AIMS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

The Challenges
One of the main challenges facing this crèche is the lack of teachers in the crèche. This in turn affects their ability to provide good quality of care and attention to the children in the crèches. There are usually one or two teachers who are financially supported by the government for each group of 20-30 children. This means that’s almost impossible for the children to receive individual attention, which is the type of attention that children of very young ages require. Because of that, volunteers are always needed in the crèches.

Another challenge is to present a different culture to the children when not even their local teachers know about foreign cultures.

Our Goal
With the partnership between Travellers and the Crèche, we aim to enable small group teaching so that the children receive more individual attention. This in turn will have a very beneficial impact on the children that will be ongoing and will have a ripple effect on their later education as well.

Both the Crèche and Travellers believe that the exposure they receive from the interaction with overseas volunteers will help to broaden everyone’s minds – the staff, the children and their parents - by introducing a foreign culture to them. Each volunteer has lots of knowledge, information and creative thinking to share, and so everyone wins!

Our Achievements

  • These little children have learned many words in English just by playing with the volunteers every day, even if they're not yet old enough to read or write.
  • As a result of their daily interaction with volunteers, the children have been showing a happier behaviour and self-confidence. This has come about as a result of them receiving a lot more individual attention and this is something they should benefit them throughout their educational years.
  • When teachers receive help from the volunteers, it relieves some of the pressure and concerns about workload that they may have and helps them to give even more of their excellent support to the children.
  • The children and their parents, as well as the crèche staff, are continuously gaining more direct knowledge of different cultures and embracing how important this is to their children’s development.