Teach school children from local communities on the stunning Island of Florianopolis! You will either assist the English teacher in regular lessons, introducing your own culture and motivating students to learn about it or presenting new possibilities. You may also be able to develop your own teaching project, being the “main teacher” in this case.

We work with several schools in the north of the Island. You may teach more formal English at public schools, or you could teach children at a private school with an innovative system of learning in which students decide what they want to study!

All of the students are eager to learn from foreign volunteers! This placement will add substantially to your CV or Résumé.


Hi, I'm Karen, Project Coordinator for Brazil, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
Price: £895 (approx. US$1,150) for 2 weeks
Then £200 (US$250) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 2 weeks to 3 months or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round – you choose your start and finish dates (subject to school holidays – see dates below).
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.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Food (breakfast only)
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
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food (except breaksfast, which is provided, Return transfer to the airport.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in teaching, working with children.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.
Available as part of the Latin-American Triangle.


  • 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 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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An outdoors class on the Voluntary Teaching Project in Brazil
An al fresco class, kids enjoying activities out in the open.


The public schools in Florianopolis are attended by around 700 students aged between 6 and 16 years-old. These schools are supported by the local government and the students are all from the local community and do not pay anything to attend the school. Most of the students in public schools are from the local villages.

The schools hope that by having volunteers helping, this will broaden the student’s horizons, help the students to see how important is to learn a second language, especially if it is English, as well as introduce the volunteers culture and how important it is to understand and respect it. The children (and teachers!) benefit enormously from the experience of having a native speaker working together with them!

Volunteers are welcome to either assist the English teacher in regular lessons, introducing their culture, motivating students to learn about it, presenting new possibilities or volunteers are also welcome to develop their own teaching project, being the “main teacher” in this case. Anything that a volunteer can contribute to the students’ development and interest in learning is welcome.

The period of regular lessons is 4 hours long, with the children attending either the morning or afternoon sessions. The morning’s starts at 8am and finishes at midday and the afternoon session is from 1pm to 5pm.

In these regular public schools, English is taught in the mornings and afternoons on 4 days of the school week, to different groups of children, so the main teacher has in total 32 hours of teaching per week. You can work fulltime – 4 mornings and 4 afternoons – or choose some mornings and some afternoons, if you prefer having more free time to explore the city.

There are approximately 35 children per class, some are at the beginner’s stage and some are at intermediate level of English.

At the private school, the director believes in new ways of Education. In this school, students do not need to remain seated inside a classroom listening to a teacher for many hours a day. The innovative proposal in this system is to provide tools for students to look for what they want to learn. The tutors – who have different skills and abilities, such as music, dance, arts, sports - are always there to help and suggest topics and activities they know students are interested in.

The school is attended by 280 students, with 30% of them economically less fortunate so they do not pay anything to study here.

You will assist the teachers in their regular lessons, introducing your culture! Volunteers are also welcome to develop their own teaching project, being the “main teacher”, and in this case the local teacher and coordinator will be there to help you with planning the lessons. You are also very welcome to bring your ideas to contribute to the children’s process of learning, using your abilities and the school’s structure, such as playground, garden, kitchen, arts room …

There are times when the crèche is closed due to holidays and festivals. Please see below:
• Summer Holiday: 13th December 2019 to 9th February 2020
• Winter Holiday: 11th – 26th July 2020

There are also a number of public holidays when the project may close for 1 or 2 days. These are:
• Nossa Senhora Aparacida: 12th October 2019
• All Souls Day: 2nd November 2019
• Proclamação da Republica: 15th November 2019
• Black Consciousness Day: 20th November 2019
• Florianopolis City Holiday: 23rd March 2020
• Easter Friday: 10th April 2020
• Tirandentes Day: 21st April 2020
• May Day: 1st May 2020
• Corpus Christi: 11th June 2020
• Independence Day: 7th September 2020
• Nossa Senhora Aparacida: 12th October 2020
• Teacher’s Day: 15th October 2020
• Public Worker’s Day: 28th October 2020
• All Souls Day: 2nd November 2020
• Proclamação da Republica: 15th November 2020
• Black Consciousness Day: 20th November 2020

Carnaval - the dates for 2020 are 20th-24th February. It lasts 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.

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 that you can take for a week before starting your placement or during your placement (either before or after school).


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Children painting a mural on a school wall
Children painting a mural on a school wall.
Teaching childlren to cook on the Voluntary teaching project in Brazil
Formal classroom teaching is often replaced by informal activities outside. Here the girls show off their cooking achievements.
Teaching children outdoors
This school believes strongly in giving the children lots of fun activities outside, and the kids love it!
Travellers volunteers teaching children in class in Brazil
A Travellers volunteer enthusiastically leading an informal class!


You'll live with one of our selected guest houses situated in the north of the Island and just a block away from Ingleses beach, one of the most popular beaches in Florianópolis. The guest house is run by a very friendly couple with a passion for sports, nature and animals and they will soon make you feel at home. The guest house is large and can accommodate up to 15 guests so you may share a room with other volunteers or backpackers.

A 15-minute walk takes you to the centre of the village of Ingleses, where there are shops, supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, banks, cafes, everything you might need and a supermarket is just opposite the guest house too!

There is a communal living area with a TV, video game and sofa and a garden with relaxing hammocks; an ideal place to stay during your volunteering.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is FREE Wi-Fi / Internet available in the accommodation.

At your accommodation you will be provided with breakfast. This usually consists of coffee, milk, bread and butter, cheese and fruits, setting you up for the day ahead. You will need to budget for your lunch and dinner, but with an array of shops, supermarkets and restaurants nearby, you'll have a lot of choice for eating out.

You can also choose to buy ingredients and prepare your own home-cooked meals at the guest house. There are all the usual facilities to do this.

The accommodation is lovely. Bruno and Camilla are very friendly and helpful. Also, there is a friendly little doggy. During the quiet season, you can enjoy having a room to yourself. It is a 5 minute walk to the beach. You can hear the waves from your bed! It is about a 20 minute walk to the placement. A simple breakfast is provided each morning (bread and butter, coffee, bananas, grapes.) Heather Oliver


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The lounge in one of the host family homes.
View of the front of the house of one of the host family homes.


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.

Located in the neighbourhood of Praia dos Ingleses in the North of Florianópolis’ Island this project is maintained by the local government and the occasional sponsor, but this support only assists in covering the costs of the house where the project takes place and the 2 amazing people who run the project.


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!

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.


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.

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.


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One of the many beautiful beaches on the Island.


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! :-)

Paragliding over Florianopolis Islands, Brazil

Price: £79
Includes Pickup from and return to your accommodation (North Island only).

If you like an adventure and want to feel the freedom like wind on your face, you must try this. It's love at first sight! This is definitely a highlight of everyone's trip to Florianopolis!

Fly above mountains and beaches and see the beautiful Praia Brava from above. Enjoy a smooth take off from the mountain, take in the breathtaking scenery and land on the beach; it’s total amazing!

You’ll travel 10 minutes by jeep to the top of the mountain, or you can opt to do it on foot to enjoy the views! After a briefing, your experienced instructor will take you on your flight of a lifetime.

The flight will last for approximately 15 minutes. Available weekends only

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Horse-riding thrugh sand dunes in Florianopolis in Brazil

PRICE: £55.
Includes Pickup from and return to your accommodation (North Island only)

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.

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

Available from Tuesdays to Sundays, morning or afternoon.

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Capoeira classes: in Florianopolis in Brazil

Price: £25 for 1 x 1 hour lesson, OR
£85 for 4 x 1 hour lessons (includes 2 private classes and 2 group classes

Includes transport to and from each lesson.

Is it a martial art, a dance, a game, or acrobatics? It’s all of them! It’s the expression of Brazilian culture. There’s not a better place to learn this magnetic, unique sport than in Brazil.

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Samba classes: in Florianopolis in Brazil

Price: £35 for 1 x 1 hour lesson, OR
£145 for 8 x 1 hour lessons (includes 4 private classes and 4 group classes (with locals)

Includes transport to and from each lesson.

Immerse yourself into the Brazilian culture by learning the most typical and familiar music style in Brazil: the Samba. Take part in group or private lessons and learn the solo steps as well as the partner dance; get ready for the best of Brazilian parties!

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Price: £55
Includes Pickup from and return to your accommodation (North Island only).

Take in wonderful views of the all the north shore beaches and islands from above. This is a moderate walk with some uphill climbing.

First Stop, the paragliding ramp, where you can look down on Praia Brava and watch the paragliders taking off. Then we climb to the top of the mountain and walk in a loop to see the stunning views of the beaches of Ingleses, Santinho, Praia Brava, Canasvieiras, Jurere, Cachoeira e Ponta das Canas.

Bring sunscreen, water, closed shoes, comfortable clothing and snacks. Bring sunscreen, water, closed shoes, comfortable clothing and snacks. Tours run from 9.30am until midday; weekends only.

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Ju-Jitsu Lessons in Florianopolis in Brazil

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

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

Price: £120 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 accommodation.
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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City Tours of Florianopolis Islands

Price: £85
Includes Pickup from and return to your accommodation (North Island only). Available Tuesdays to Sundays.

Florianopolis is stunning! Book a city tour to see some of the amazing sites. Only 3 participants per tour for a personal feel. Tours last 5 hours and you’ll have an English speaking Guide.

Tour 1: DOWNTOWN: View Historic buildings and local markets which are great places to buy souvenirs and local craft. Take a break on the shade of a centennial tree, and experience street food and drinks to finish the tour.

Tour 2: SOUTH ISLAND: Visit 7 beaches and the most undeveloped side of the island; Joaquina beach has beautiful sand dunes and is a surfer’s paradise , with the other south beaches surrounded by natures haven, full of birds, green mountains, local culture and traditions.

Tour 4: CENTRAL EAST AND LAGOA DA CONCEIÇAO An oasis right in the middle of the island full of natural beauty and cosmopolitan and vibrant, full of local shops, bars and great restaurants. A short distance from Lagoa is Joaquina and Praia Mole beach, both famous for clear waters, surf culture and it’s giant sand dunes.

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Teaching English Project in Florianopolis, Brazil

This was Jane's second time of volunteering in Brazil. She has done four projects with us in total ... so far :-)

I wanted to provide classes in basic printmaking and brought polystyrene, ink, pallettes, paper and rollers with me to do just that.

I printed some design ideas, knowing the type of images that inspire the children and they very quickly got the idea and it was apparent that they were impressed and excited by the whole process. They produced some wonderful work and were a pleasure to spend time with.

It was particularly gratifying to see those who, having got the hang of the process, went on to use what they had learned to produce something from their own imagination. When we ran out of polystyrene we substituted using polystyrene plates with the rims cut off and local ink which was just as effective and meant I could continue in my mission!

I also introduced marbling using nail varnish and watercolour which proved very popular. Kids were introduced to the whole idea of printmaking by seeing one of my own intaglio etched plates and resulting image and given a little talk on how it was achieved.

A very successful placement!

Teaching English Project in Florianopolis, Brazil

What was the best thing on the Project?
So beside the sun and the beach the best thing are definitely the kids at school! To see how excited they are that I am at their school made me so happy! In addition to that meeting the new people I met was so amazing. And sure florianapolis is a beautiful place but the experience I met mean much more to me.

What made me laugh or touched my heart?
To be honest a lot of stuff touched my heart! Not only the kids at school and their backgrounds, also the situation in Brasil in general. To see how people live here is such a big difference to my lifestyle in Germany. But like I said the kids in school, their stories and their live made me think about what I have and that I can be very thankful for that.

What experience I gained:
A lot. First of all I improved my language skills (English and Portuguese). I also learned how to live on my own. How to organize my days and split my money and time.

But the most important thing is that I gained social skills! I learned a lot about empathy and and behavior towards kids and to respect people.

So all in all, it was an wonderful trip and I am very happy that everything worked fine and I got accepted by everyone here!

Teaching English Project in Florianopolis, Brazil

I was involved with all ages from 6-16. For English lessons I was introduced to the class and told them some simple facts about my journey to Floripa - the three planes I had taken etc. Then I was asked questions - pets? Yes, and I asked them if they had pets and the names of their animals.

They nearly all had a lot of dogs and one girl had three parrots. How many children had I, their names and what they did and I asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. They asked about Buckingham Palace, the queen, Stonehenge and I told them how it had been erected and why, the Tower of London - and I told them about beheadings, burnings and executions.

In one class there was a strong interest in dinosaurs, so I drew a few on the blackboard and then they all drew and named them. In another class I read a very simple English book with flaps and pop-ups that I had brought with me.

One class I gave them all plastic aliens and then asked them to name the planets and asked them if they would like to live on another planet, which one and why. Then they drew the head, body, torso and legs of an alien swapping and folding the paper in between each drawing. When they saw the whole they thought it was hilarious.

In one class they were doing the weather and they were given a work sheet by the teacher. Then they all queued up and said 'please draw my favourite weather', so I drew their top season on the work sheet 35 times! Hangman was a feature of these classes (in English of course!)

I sat in on a small SEN/Asperger's group where I drew pictures with the three children and we talked about them using Google translate.

In Art lessons, much of the class was taken up with me telling the story of how I became an artist, translated by the teacher. Also with description of the etching technique. When the children were working on their images I walked around and admired what they were doing and handed out special equipment I had brought to capture their interest, the main attraction being glitter pens. I took classes in which I suggested three choices. 1. 'How I felt when I got up this morning' 2. An invention or idea 3. A still life (I bought vegetables and set them up on a table). They used paints and pastels. Most chose 1 or 3. And then put all the work up in the corridor.

One morning we went to the beach with the older children and they all made sand sculptures.

On Thursdays the people at my accommodation had an open afternoon and evening for children to just come and do their own thing. I bought paint and paper, brushes etc and the children made a tree. I cut an apple in half and they printed apple shapes in its branches.

We played ball and there was a very bright rather endearing little boy, Artur who was also in the SEN group at the school who decided he was going to teach me Portuguese. He presented me with a book in which he wrote words and I had to copy them - thus I became fluent!! When I went to bed that night I discovered he had left the book on my pillow (I brought it back with me to the UK).

Teaching English Project in Florianopolis, Brazil

What was your most memorable moment on the Project?
This is really hard to say, as there were many great moments. At some point the kids excepted me and they encouraged each other to keep the noise low so that we can continue the study. The dance competition the kids participated was a really great idea and i am very proud of what they achieved and how enthusiastic they rehearsed.

Finally, my last days were pretty emotional. The kids sang the two songs we studied, they all painted and wrote wonderful letters and saying goodbye was really hard.

What do you think your biggest achievement was? Encouraging the kids to learn english and make them understand that it is not that hard to learn. Some of them could not read one word in english and now can read out loud the lyrics of a whole song – Very slowly and they don't understand all, but they can!

Whatwas your biggest positive impact to the Project? Oh, I really don't know. They were all very positive and eager to learn in the first place, so i don't know what I in particular changed in their perspectives.

I had a great introduction on my first day to everyone at my project. Ana called me often to make sure everything is fine. I spent my last days in Rio de Janeiro to make some holiday and although my project time was officially over, Karen and Romulo took great care of me and organized some really cool tours with me.

All in all i would say the people [were the best part of my trip]. Everybody in the whole country is nothing but incredibly nice to me. The backpackers in the hostel, all people from the project, strangers I met. I gained about 20 new friends, apart from the kids, and I have the feeling i know every 2nd person in Lagoa now!

Teaching English Project in Florianopolis, Brazil

What experience do you feel you are gaining?
-Confidence in leading a group
-Reward of knowing the impact in the lives of the children
-Satisfaction of being appreciated
-Learning experience by observing the style of the full time teacher, Isabela
-Pleasure of meeting wonderful young learners

What is the best thing about your placement?
-The children are so lovely and eager to learn
-Observing the effective teaching style of Isabela
-Having the freedom to conduct the lessons any way I want, using any materials I choose.

Would you recommend this placement to anyone else?
Yes, this is a fantastic place to work, teach, learn and grow.

What type of person do you think this placement would suit?
This placement would perfectly suit a person who is independent and creative. All activities and lessons are up to the individual. A person with patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor! Of course, an individual who is genuinely passionate about teaching a learning.

What, if any, improvements could be made to the placement?
Given the high volume of students and very few staff members, I found the organization of the placement, the materials, and of the students to be quite impressive. There is an obvious level of respect between the children and the staff, which seems to contribute to the daily routine running very smoothly.

Was there anything that you weren’t told before your departure that you think future volunteers should know?
Prospective volunteers should understand that all teaching materials, lesson plans, and ideas for activities are completely up to them. Ana provides wonderful support in terms of brainstorming ideas, offering suggestions and helping to access resources, but ultimately the success of the classes is completely a result of the volunteer’s effort. Any volunteer should allow ample time before the trip to ask sufficient questions about the student’s interests, English levels, ages, class size, class hours, and gather materials and plan activities based on this information. An experienced teacher will find it easier, as they will have materials and activities previously used, and perhaps ready for future use.

If I were to do it over, I would have allowed much more time to plan for the experience. After 20 or so hours of travel, I needed to spend the night preparing all lessons for the next morning and I was not expecting to start this abruptly. I was under the impression that I was there to support the staff, not run the show! It took a few days to adjust and build confidence, but by the 4th day, I was loving the freedom to teach any subject, using any materials, and leading any activities in any way that I felt was effective and fun! By the end, I didn’t want to leave!

I was happy that I brought a deck of index cards, as I found multiple uses for them and they don’t seem to be available for purchase in Florianopolis (or Sao Paulo, or Salvador!)

Also, I would recommend to print handouts that you intend to use in the classroom before traveling. The placement has a copier, so you only need to bring one copy of each handout, but they do not have a printer.

Can you describe a typical day?
-Arrive at the placement around 8:00-8:15 am to set up
-Class from 8:30-10:30 (or 11:00am)
-Lunch with the kids and staff
-Plan activities and create materials for afternoon classes, or enjoy free time outside of the placement
-1:30-2:30pm class
-2:30-3:30pm class
-3:30-4:00pm class
(Groups were divided by age or level, and class time consisted of presentations, group work, pair work, games, art projects, and singing.)
vening to plan lesson activities and materials for the next day.

Any other relevant comments that could help future volunteers?
I found my basic Portuguese abilities to be useful, as it could be challenging to regain the attention of the students if they begin talking, only using English. I found, however, that after a few days of miming commands (such as pointing to my ears and saying, “listen!”), the children began to be able to recognize these key words, which are imperative for managing the classroom. Knowing a little Portuguese also proved useful in being able to understand questions students have.

What is your experience like living at the accommodation?
The accommodation is lovely. Bruno and Camilla are very friendly and helpful. Also, there is a friendly little doggy. During the quiet season, you can enjoy having a room to yourself. It is a 5 minute walk to the beach. You can hear the waves from your bed! It is about a 20 minute walk to the placement. A simple breakfast is provided each morning (bread and butter, coffee, bananas, grapes.)

(1) Portuguese Language Course and
(2) Teaching English Project at the Orphanage in Florianopolis, Brazil

After finishing high school in Norway, I decided that I wanted some time off from the Norwegian everyday life and experience something new and exotic. After having corresponded with Travellers for some time, I decided to go to Brazil and to teach English at an orphanage.

After having spent some weeks in Florianópolis I got more comfortable with Portuguese and the local customs and culture. It was now time to start doing what I really came to do - to teach English.

The beginning was both rough and difficult, but after having gotten over those initial barriers I grew into it and enjoyed it a lot. Standing in a classroom in Brazil trying to communicate with twenty five kids of six years of age staring you up and down and not being able to communicate verbally with each other, was probably the hardest challenge in my life yet!

But it’s amazing how fast you adapt and overcome big challenges if you just want to. I taught at the orphange for three months and when I was finished I was both relieved and sad. Spending that much time with the kids, I had started to care for them and enjoy their company, however, I was also ready to start my other job in Brazil.

In the first weeks in Brazil I was approached by a scout of a model agency and it turned out that they were quite interested in representing me if I was cut out for the business. I agreed to try it and not having any expectations I was blown away when Ford Models actually said that I was now represented by them. The only problem was that my visa and flight ticket were putting an end to my stay, and this just after I had gotten my big deal with Ford!

After much research and a trip to Argentina (to extend my visa) I was allowed to stay for an additional three months. So I found an apartment (right on the beach!) and I started what would turn out to be a very long vacation! I did some jobs with the agency at a fashion show and made some much needed money to fund my extra three months. All in all, I had a wonderful stay in Brazil and I left with an enriched set of friends, life purpose, language skills and confidence. I highly recommend spending time in this crazy, weird, wonderful, majestic country where you might have your dreams come true!

As for the aftermath of my journey I realized much about myself. I, mentally, grew a lot and I became more confident in what I really desire in life. That being said, I’m sure I’m not going to become a teacher nor a proffesional model, however I have a pretty good idea of what I do want to do. To all fellow volunteers and soon-to-become volunteers, I wish you a good trip and enjoy, cherish and seize every opportunity you stumble over as they may leave a big influence on your life.

Obrigado, divirte-se no Brasil!


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The Challenges
In the formal school schedule in Brazil, the children attend school for just a half period of every day, so the big difficulty is what to do with them during the rest of the day when their parents have to work to support the family. When children have no other activity and nobody to take care of them when they are not in school, they tend to get around the streets and, unfortunately, they become vulnerable to all sorts of risks.

In order to deal with the problem of keeping the children off the street and as safe as possible, some people with initiative step up and try to create create social projects for the children to attend in the periods they aren't in school. Sometimes these projects get help and support from the government or other organizations, but usually the structure found in these projects is very basic and they are always in need of all sorts of help.

This project is one such project that is in dire need of help. It is solely supported by donations and charity bazaars that are held to try to raise money. However, they cannot even afford to buy much food to give to the children.

The project has just 2 or 3 people who work there fulltime to take care of 50 children from the local very poor community. It is extremely difficult, almost impossible, for these few people to give proper attention to all of the children.

Our Goal
Our goal is to help the project and the children as much as possible in order to make a difference to the assistance the project is able to give and to improving the children's situation. in those children’s lives. Broaden their minds to different parts of the world, different cultures. The cultural exchange has uncountable benefits to everyone involved, but mostly and especially, makes a huge difference to those children who have no hopes of travelling abroad.

Our Achievements
Travellers has not been working with this project for long, only since 2015, but we hope that as time goes on, and with the help of our volunteers, we can increase the effective achievements we can accomplish. The benefits that have been accomplished so far include:

  • Since our volunteers have been providing their help to the project, the children’s behaviour, in general, have changed. There has been a noticeable increase in their self-confidence.
  • The children (and the teachers) now feel that they are able to learn English and that it is easier than they thought.
  • The children's ability to absorb knowledge is expanded when they are given more individual attention in smaller groups.
  • Some of the children have developed a very special relationship with some of their volunteers. Many have expressed the dream that they will one day be in a position to travel to other countries and will be able to meet the volunteers in their home towns.
  • It’s been also very positive for the local staff to exchange experiences with the foreign volunteers. They feel motivated and happier to deal with the children when there is someone new to inspire them, someone with fresh energy and motivation to work with them. They have commented that this 'new energy' disperses to everyone and that it brings positive consequences to the children. Everyone wins!
  • The project itself is raising it's importance in the government's estimation as a result of it receiving help from a foreign organisation and foreign people (volunteers). This is very relevant because the greater the importance of the project in the government's evaluation, the less difficult it will be for the project to get official assistance.

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Carnaval in Brazil takes place all over the country, not just in Rio.
Being an island, there are beaches everywhere in Florianopolis. Beaches are one of the main attractions all over the coast of Brazil.


Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You'll take up where others before you left off and thus helping to continue making this project sustainable.


We employ local staff in each destination where we have Programmes and where we work with local partners, again the staff employed are locals. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. You'll also be directly influencing the local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. So, by living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange!

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect


We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.


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Ana, Travellers Brazil Manager, with three of the volunteers having a drink on the beach
Ana, Travellers Brazil Manager, with three of the volunteers having a drink on the beach.
Volunteers on top of the mountain
Volunteers hiking to the top of the mountain as they explore the location.
King of the World! Or rather, QUEEN of the World!
A birds eye view of the amazing Iguassu Falls - It definitely should be on your Bucket List because you really shouldln't miss it. It's awesome!