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PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES IN RIO DE JANEIRO IN BRAZIL

Capture the flavour of this flamboyant city with your lens on one of our professional photography courses for all levels. Courses are available at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. You can take the courses as a full time project or as Optional Add-Ons alongside your existing project.

Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Copacobana beach, Brazil's colourful people... all undeniably perfect photographic subjects. Rio is all colours, flavours and LIFE. The contrast between rich and poor makes it a fantastic place to capture a real cross section of humanity, and explore how people live in our world. Set your imagination loose!

NEW! DISCOVER THE REAL RIO

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: Course prices range, depending on which one you choose, or whether you choose to combine all of them.
From £1,345 (approx. US$1,750) Excluding flights.
Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
Duration: Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay (on this particular project) 6 weeks, 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.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Food (breakfast only)
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Course fees
Daily transport to and from your programme
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 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 learning Photography or gaining a new skill for their CV or Résumé, or expanding their learning for university credit or requirement. Also available as a summer placement in Brazil or South America.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • 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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COURSE CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

  • Beginners Photography - 2 or 4 Weeks
  • Lighting & Studio Photography - 2 Weeks
  • Nature Photography - 2 Weeks

You can also take all three courses together in a 6 week course to take advantage of a special, discounted price.

The Photography Centre organises indoor and outdoor photography courses, seminars, workshops & expositions and photo projections. The courses are aimed at everyone, from beginners to professionals who want to improve their skills. They are located around 15-20 minutes from your accommodation on public transport.

COURSE CONTENT

Courses run throughout the year - as you'll be working 1-1 with your tutor (a unique experience!) the course can run at any time. All lessons are taught in English and all course materials are in English.
You will have lessons 2 or 3 times per week. The lessons will all take place during the week, to allow you the weekends for sightseeing and travel with your fellow students and other volunteers!

You’ll be taught using videos, slides, enlarged photographs and your course book. You’ll also have access to all the different cameras and studio equipment at the centre. Most students will work with both digital and film cameras. On the course, you will cover a variety of skills and ideas and have the opportunity to put them into practice in beautiful Rio de Janeiro! For example, the basic course covers:

  • How to use digital and film cameras
  • Technical skills including composition, lighting & colour usage, flash techniques, exposure and filters
  • Practical studio photography, including portraits and still life
  • Practical outdoor photography

If you are interested in another area of photography, we can sometimes organise a course in this area - just ask! If you are a group, and would like us to tailor a course for you in a particular area, this is also possible. Our courses are all practical, and most of them include the opportunity to take photographs outdoors.

HOLIDAYS AND ... CARNAVAL!
The school runs all year round except for a few public holidays and the week of Carnaval. Carnaval begins at midnight on the Friday before Ash Wednesday (usually around the second week of February) and 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 that city.

ACCOMMODATION

You’ll stay at a welcoming modern hostel in leafy Laranjeiras, a wonderful area of Rio, just a 15 minute walk away from where you can take the train to Cristo Redentor – one of Brazil’s biggest attractions! With friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere, you'll feel at home as soon as you step inside. The hostel comprises lots of facilities including 3 TV’s, computers, free Wi-Fi, and 2 communal areas with a bar, dartboard, snooker table and play station 3!

You'll stay in a dorm room (female dorms for woman and mixed sex dorms for men) but upgrades to a private room is available at a supplement. You will have access to a well equipped kitchen where you can prepare lunch and dinner and the hostel also offers a tasty Brazilian lunch for a good price.

Laranjeiras is one of the most traditional parts of Rio and is close to the Guanabara Palace and the Fluminese Football Club’s training ground. You are just a 15 minute walk from the closest metro station and you can reach Copacabana beach in under 30 minutes. Nearby are banks, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, bars – everything you could need is right on your doorstep.

FOOD:
Breakfast is included in this project and is a fabulous spread of coffee, milk, fruit juice, bread, butter, jams, meat, eggs, yogurts, cereal, fruit and cakes which should set you up for the day. You're located in the heart of Rio so there is an almost endless variety of dishes and restaurants, which is why we've provided the accommodation as breakfast only. Most of our volunteers regard eating out as one of the highlights of living in South America.

On your doorstep are numerous restaurants including local Brazilian fare, ‘Por Kilo’ restaurants (which charge based upon the weight of your food), Chinese, Japanese, Subway and snack shops galore! The snack shops, (Boteco’s) are a good option where ‘salgado’s are served (a type of savoury pastry filled with meat, cheese or chicken) and ‘pao de queijo’ (literally ‘cheese balls’ – delicious little cheese and bread balls) that all cost around Rs 4. One thing is for sure, you won't go hungry in Rio!

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.

TUTOR PROFILE : PAULO CEZAR DE SOUZA:
Paulo is the tutor for all the full time courses, and some of the part time courses. Paulo Cezar de Souza has been a photography teacher with the “Fluminense Photography Society – SFF, for over 10 years. [Fluminese is a word used to describe Rio and the surrounding areas]. Paulo Cezar has shown his work in several expositions – national and international, and has received several awards, including first prize in photography at an event organized by “Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra”, in the city of Niterói.

On a personal level, Paulo is a friendly and charismatic man with a great sense of humor and a cheeky grin! He has retired from his full time job, and so now dedicates his time to photography. He works and exhibits at schools and galleries in Rio and its sister city Niterói, which is just across Guanabara Bay. He really is a pleasure to learn from and a great teacher!

Some of the photos on this page were provided by centre students Sid Bond, Delcio Capistrano, Eryck Machado, Paulo Figueira & Luiz Ferreira. Also, of course Paulo Cezar de Souza, your teacher.

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!

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Travellers Team Karen and Romulo (left and right) with volunteer Lucretia van Wyk from Namibia in the middle
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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! :-)

1-day Walking Tour of Central Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

DISCOVER THE REAL RIO!
RIO CENTRE WALKING TOUR:
Price: £45 for the 7-hour tour
Includes Lunch, Refreshments, Entrance Fees and Transport. You'll be personally guided on the tour by Romulo, who is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his home-town of Rio and Brazil in general.

You'll be picked up from the hostel at 9.30 a.m. for a full day tour of the city, including lunch. You'll see some of the famous sites of downtown Rio, including Otero da Gloria, Cinelandia, and Largo da Carioca and learn about the history of these areas.

We’ll stop for coffee at Confeitaria Colombo, a café in a historical building over 100 years old. After this welcome pit stop, we'll continue our tour to Mercado Popular and then Saara (Rio’s largest outdoor market), where there are hundreds of shops in small narrow streets. We continue onto Candelaria church and CCBB (one of the most important cultural centres in Brazil) with its neoclassical designs. The CCBB has a good bookshop and often has great exhibitions.

We leave here and walk up a small hill to Mosteiro São Bento, a good example of Brazilian Colonial architecture and amazing opulence! We head back down the hill to Praça Mauá, a large square with great waterside views and home to Museu do Amanha. You'll have time to visit the museum before heading back to the hostel (entrance fee not included).

Morning coffee and lunch is included on the tour. Comfortable shoes recommended. Don’t forget your camera!

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Walking Tour of some of Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches

DISCOVER THE REAL RIO!
WALKING TOUR OF RIO'S FABULOUS BEACHES!
Price: £37 for the 4-hour tour
Includes Refreshments, Entrance Fees (if any) and Transport. You'll be personally guided on the tour by Romulo, who is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his home-town of Rio and Brazil in general.

You'll be picked up from the hostel at 10.00 a.m. We'll take a local bus to Gloria and walk down to the Promenade. Here you'll enjoy amazing views of Guanabara Bay, Pão de Açucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) and Flamengo Park. You can watch the planes take off and land as they circle Sugar Loaf Mountain and enjoying watching beach volleyball all along the beach.

We'll take a well-earned rest at the Obelisk for refreshing coconut water as we leave Flamengo beach behind and walk towards Botafogo Bay. This is a gorgeous walk where you'll see small ships in the harbour and closer views of Urca and Sugar Loaf Mountain - and of course,, the Cristo Redentor.

We'll hop on a bus for a short ride to Urca and Praia Vermelha. You may even catch sight of some small monkeys here! We'll walk through to Urca Beach, where there are many bars and restaurants with lots of people hanging out and sipping on a cold drink. We'll join them and take in more stunning views!

After our long walk we'll take a taxi back to the hostel, arriving around 2.oo p.m. Note: Please wear comfortable footwear and, again, don’t forget your camera!

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1-D Tour of the Ilha de Paqueta (the Island of Paqueta) in Rio

DISCOVER THE REAL RIO!
1-Day Tour of the Gorgeous Ilha de Paqueta (Island)
Price: £65 for the 8-9 hour tour
Includes Lunch, Refreshments, Ferry Costs, Entrance Fees (if any) and Transport. You'll be personally guided on the tour by Romulo, who is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his home-town of Rio and Brazil in general.

You'll be picked up from the hostel at 10.00 a.m. and return at approximately 6.30 p.m. The way to this lovely island is by ferry, which takes just over an hour from the centre of Rio. The trip to and from the island itself is pretty cool! The ferry journey goes under the Niteroi Bridge for amazing views of Rio de Janeiro – not to be missed.

The Island is car-free (except for 1 police car and the rubbing truck) and all transport on the Island is limited to bicycles, cycle rickshaws and horse drawn carriages - and that makes a tour of this island very special. You'll discover colonial buildings, a lovely park, a museum, outstanding view-points, lots of beaches. You'll also see the famous Baobab tree; legend has it you kiss the tree to bring you luck!

Our tour includes a cycle rickshaw ride which makes lots of stops for photo opportunities, including the time to visit the museum.

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Stand-up Paddle Boarding lessons in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil

STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING (SUP) IN RIO DE JANEIRO:
PRICES:
Includes the hire of a board.
Includes transport to and from each lesson.
GROUP LESSONS:
1 Single Lesson = £20.00
5 Lessons = £75

A popular and fun sport in Rio de Janeiro is the fast-growing Stand Up Paddle. This sport originated in Hawaii and is taking the world by storm ... everyone's doing it! Set on one of the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana, you will spend a little time on land learning from the professionals on how to control the board with the paddle and keep your balance, before taking to the water for a great workout whilst admiring the stunning scenery.

  • All abilities catered for.
  • Lessons are one hour each

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Learn the art of Brazilian Cooking in Rio De Janeiro

LEARN BRAZILIAN COOKING IN RIO DE JANEIRO:
PRICE: £65 for the half-day lesson
Includes lesson fees and ingredients.
Includes transport to and from the lesson.

A fantastic opportunity to join other foreigners for a real taste of Brazilian cooking. This is a fun half day where you will cook, eat, drink, have a lot of laughs and make new friends. You'll learn to cook traditional and exotic Brazilian food with a popular, friendly and knowledgeable teacher who will also give you an insight into the history of the food you will be cooking.

Your classes take place at a cooking school in the heart of Copacabana. Classes are 4 hours long and take place on Mondays to Fridays, mornings or afternoons, with two delicious menus to choose from:

  • Seafood Moqueca – a delicious Brazilian fish stew
  • Feijoada – a stew of black beans and meat which is part of the staple Brazilian diet
  • Vegetarian options are also available.

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Portuguese Lessons in in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

PORTUGUESE CLASSES IN RIO DE JANEIRO:
PRICES:
** 1 Week Intensive Portuguese Course, 10 hours, private lessons, £545
(prior to starting your placement, including accommodation)
** 1 Week Intensive Portuguese Course, 20 hours, private lessons, £745 (prior to starting your placement, including accommodation)
** Portuguese Lessons, 10 hours per week, £180 per week (at the same time as your placement)
** Portuguese Lessons, 20 hours per week, £340 per week (at the same time as your placement)

Take Portuguese lessons alongside ANY project or as an intensive introduction course before you start. You can take a course for any length of time to run alongside your placement OR you can take a 1 week introductory course before you start your project at a super discounted price:

Your Portuguese lessons are with a private tutor for maximum exposure to the Portuguese language, and lessons are structured to suit your needs for maximum flexibility. Classes are held Monday to Friday and you will take your classes at a professional, prestigious school in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.

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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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Surfing Lessons in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

SURFING LESSONS IN RIO DE JANEIRO:
GROUP LESSONS:
1 Single Lesson = £22.00
5 Lessons = £85

Includes transport to and from each lesson.

Surfing is a way of life in Rio and its home is Arpoador Beach, where our surfing lessons take place. Because of the fantastic rolling waves, the beach hosts to many surfing tournaments a year, and for the truly daring, spotlights on the beach also allow for surfing at night!

  • Lessons are arranged in conjunction with your main project and each lesson lasts one hour.
  • Lessons are arranged in groups with other volunteers or tourists up to a maximum of 4 people.
  • You can choose as many lessons as you like.
  • These lessons cater to all levels of skill, from Beginner upwards.

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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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Capoeira lessons in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil

CAPOEIRA LESSONS IN RIO DE JANEIRO:
Prices:
Includes course fees.
Includes transport to and from each lesson.
£65 for the first 1 week (4 lessons)
£50 for each additional week of 4 lessons

Comprises 4 classes per week, Monday to Thursday, each lasting 1.5 hours

Our Capoeira lessons run concurrently with your main project and the course consists of 6 hours per week, 4 lessons each lasting 1.5 hours. These are group lessons which you will take with locals and foreigners and if you are a beginner please don’t worry, after the warm up a teacher will be allocated specifically for beginners and will help you with the moves.

You don’t need to be particularly fit, flexible or have previous martial arts experience to learn Capoeira but of course this well help. You need to wear comfortable clothing but the purchase of a uniform is completely optional.

Capoeira is not only a martial art, a dance and an art form steeped in Afro-Brazilian culture, it's also a language, a form of self-expression and freedom inside yourself - and the way to gain a deeper understanding of Brazilian culture! The basic moves are simple and, with a little practice, they are easy to learn.

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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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Latin Dance Lessons in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

LATIN DANCE LESSONS IN RIO DE JANEIRO:
PRICES:
£55 for fortnight (4 lessons of 1 hour each, 4 lessons in total per fortnight)
£50 per fortnight, i.e. each additional 2 weeks

Styles of dance taught: Ballroom Dance, Samba, or Forró.

You can choose to learn Samba, Forro, or Ballroom dance and you will have 2 x one hour of group lessons per week. You can also learn Tango or Zouk but these classes are taught only once a week – but you can mix and match!

These dance classes are designed to be taken alongside your main project. The classes tend to take place in the evenings on Mondays to Saturdays and your timetable will be given to you prior to your arrival. You will take group lessons with locals and foreigners.

The dance studio is a short bus ride away from your accommodation and the cost of transport is not included in the price.

Brazilians seem to be born with the natural ability to dance and it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of Samba in Brazil – it’s everywhere! You can put into practice what you learn at your classes at the multitude of clubs in Rio!

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Photography lessons in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil

PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS IN RIO DE JANEIRO:
PRICES:
Includes Course Fees and transport to and from each lesson.

  • 2-Week Nature Photography Course - £345
  • 2-Week Lighting & Studio Photography Course - £445
  • 4-Week Beginners Photography Course - £595
  • 8-Week Full-On Photography Course, includes all 3 individual elements above - £1,145

Take some inspiring photography courses in than Rio de Janeiro alongside your main project. You'll enhance your Brazil experience and really capture the flavour of this beautifully enigmatic city with your lens. Courses are available at beginner, intermediate & advanced levels to cater for any kind of student.

The Photography Centre is the oldest and traditional photo school in Rio. It's located around 15-20 minutes from your accommodation on public transport. Courses run throughout the year - as you'll be working 1-1 with your tutor, the course can run at any time. All lessons are taught in English and all course materials are in English.
You'll have lessons 2 or 3 times per week. You’ll be taught using videos, slides, enlarged photographs and your course book. You’ll also have access to all the different cameras and studio equipment at the centre. Most students will work with both digital and film cameras. On the course, you will cover a variety of skills and ideas and have the opportunity to put them into practice in beautiful Rio de Janeiro! For example, the basic course covers:

  • How to use digital and film cameras
  • Technical skills including composition, lighting & colour usage, flash techniques, exposure and filters
  • Practical studio photography, including portraits and still life
  • Practical outdoor photography
  • A visit to a professional studio

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

Location: Laranjeiras is one of the most traditional parts of Rio and is close to the Guanabara Palace and the Fluminese Football Club’s training ground. You are just a 15 minute walk from the closest metro station and you can reach Copacabana beach in under 30 minutes. Nearby are banks, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, bars – everything you could need is right on your doorstep!

THINGS TO DO IN RIO:

  • Visit the beach! Choose from the famous Copacabana, Ipanema, Barra de Tijuca (pronounced Ba-ha), and Leblon, to name but a few! Copacabana is probably the world's most famous beach, with 3 miles of sunbathers and beach parties in front of one of the most densely populated cities on the planet.
  • Ipanema is Rio's most chic beach for the rich and the beautiful. Brazilians prefer busy beaches, with crowds of people, beach volleyball players, food sellers and sun tanners.
  • Volleyball, futevolley (volleyball but where you can’t use your hands!) and beach soccer.
  • Futebol (soccer) is the national obsession, and Rio is the location of Maracana Football stadium, the largest stadium in the world. Many football legends have played in this ground.
  • Surfing in perfect rolling waves is ideal for beginners or more advanced surfers.
  • There are excellent opportunities for rock climbing in and near Rio and hiking is great along the coast and in some of the national and state parks.
  • For some adrenaline packed fun, try hang-gliding, especially around Pedra Bonita, near Pepino beach.
  • The city has grown around the very green Tijuca Forest, creating the largest urban forest in the world. There are various trails into the forest and exploring it could easily take an entire day.

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:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

LUCRETIA VAN WYK
Namibian
Photography Course plus Teaching Disadvantaged Children Projects in Rio de Janeiro

I decided to do volunteer work because I have been an Accountant for 8 years and I felt I needed a change. When I started researching which Country I wanted to go to and what I wanted to do a few countries came up. I started a process of elimination by asking myself what type of person I am, what I want to do, what I want to experience and why I want this experience.

Brazil was then the place I decided on because of my background and where I come from. Adjusting to different environments has never been a problem for me and I knew the Brazilian cultures was very much alike from my own. The only thing that I knew would be a challenge for me was the language as I do not speak Portuguese but I knew that I would be able to manage.

The other reason why I decided on Brazil was because of the add ons available and I have always been interested in photography, which made my choice so much easier as Photography has always been an art I wanted to pursue.

I taught English at a school in Santa Theresa, one of the areas in Rio de Janeiro, teaching children between ages 7-10 years old. Although I could not speak a word of Portuguese and they could not speak English it was not as difficult as I thought, because after doing revision with them every two weeks I could see that they have learned something from me. It has been such an enriching experience. The children at the school are wonderful and so friendly. The Teachers and the Nuns were always friendly and also want to learn. After a month of teaching English I realized I actually learned as well and could now understand them as well. I have learned to be patient and listen with more attention and also to be more creative.

In my last week I also volunteered at a Creche with 2 and 3 year old and they were so sweet I just wish I would have volunteered there for longer. It is sometimes so difficult to know that these children come very poor circumstances but to see all their happy faces everyday just brought me so much joy and I fell in love with them instantly.

I also did a full Photography course as an add on and it has been an amazing experience. I have learned so much and have become so comfortable in the art of photography. The teacher has a world of knowledge and very useful tips. I enjoyed the fact that I had the teacher on a one on one basis which gave us time to concentrate on what I was interested in and we could go at a pace that I was comfortable with. He gave me constructive criticism and helped me so much to improve on every single shot. I was very satisfied and happy that I chose photography as an add on. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested even if just as a hobby.

I truly enjoyed my experience as a volunteer it has filled my heart and taught me so much. I left Rio with a broken heart, it was so difficult to say good bye, I didn't realize how much at home I felt until I had to leave. In your first two weeks you feel home sick but when you leave it feels the same. I miss my project and will cherish the experience and memories I have made.

SARAH GENTS
Danish
Photography Course in Rio de Janeiro

I have been gaining a lot more of experience from this opportunity. The best thing definitely is the city and all the people. There’s so much to see and do! I would recommend this placement to most people. I think the type of person to really get the best out of this placement would be someone who is active and social.

Can you describe a typical day?
A typical day would consist of waking up at 8.00am, eating breakfast at the hostel (which is good; fruit and good coffee) then I take the metro to my photography course. The course is very intense as I have one-on-one lessons, I learn a lot! I'm done at 12.00 so afterwards I take my Rio guide and I explore the city and its sights. I normally return to the hostel at 18.00 to eat with the others, and relax.

JOYCE DUAH
British
Photography Course in Rio de Janeiro

My experience so far has been amazing, from being picked up by the lovely Jess to meeting the girls in my dorm and getting to know the staff at the hostel.

My first photography lesson with Paulo was great. He was so friendly and knew exactly what I wanted out of the course. Paulo is very knowledgeable and full of tips to help improve my photography. I have learnt so much in such a short space of time.