Teaching English

You can do so much more than just teach English on this project; you will be working, side-by-side with your students, sharing perspective and encouraging cultural understanding. As an English teacher, you will also be exposing your students to one of the world’s most spoken languages and the one that fuels the global economy. Students range in age from primary school age to the elderly - but no matter who sits in your classroom, teaching English is bound to be an extraordinarily fulfilling experience. English instruction in Brazil is spotty at best, so volunteering to teach English will provide young students with a supplement to what they learn in school and will give people who never took English courses the opportunity to learn the language. It is also an excellent opportunity to give those living in the favelas a chance to have access to the language that fuels the global economy.

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What to Expect?

If you’re thinking about volunteering to teach English in Rio and have no teaching experience, don’t worry! The English teaching placements are flexible - from tutoring a few students, to teaching an entire class. Volunteers also often help each other in planning lessons and activities - but the simple fact that there is an English speaker leading discussion makes a tremendous impact on language acquisition. Volunteering with Iko Poran is for people who want to make a difference. We are a non-profit organization. Our mission is to help improve the lives of Brazil´s poorest. We believe passionately that bringing international volunteers to work in our communities can make a real difference.

The volunteers get to pass on their valuable skills and experience, and to develop new ones. And the residents of the communities, young and old, get to learn more about the rest of the world. This exchange of cultures and experiences is rewarding and enriching on both sides. Most of our volunteer placements are Individual placements, specially developed according to the volunteer's abilities and interests. They are ideal for those who are keen to become partners in a development project. The programs can last up to 24 weeks. The official language in Brazil is Portuguese therefore, we have included in the programme fee an intensive 20 hours Portuguese course that takes place in parallel with the volunteering on the first two weeks of the program. We have learned that if volunteers can manage a little Portuguese, it will definitely take them a longer way and they will feel much more rewarded. At the same time they produce more results for their partner organizations.

Program Length: From 3 to 24 weeks

Work Schedule: Volunteers may work part time or full time from 10 to 20 hours per week or more. The schedule is defined together with the partner organization and the volunteer on arrival.

Accommodation: Our volunteers are lodged in an attractive Guest House in Santa Teresa, one of Rio de Janeiro's most enchanting neighborhoods. The house has TV, free 24/7 Internet access and wifi, fully equipped kitchens, laundry service and cleaning service as well as many other facilities. Iko Poran volunteers stay in shared rooms. The house is located within walking distance to bars and restaurants, as well as the supermarket, drugstore, bakery, health clinic, and easy public transport links.

  • Program ID: # 1879
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Rio de Janerio
    22° 57' 30.2148" S, 43° 17' 10.0788" W
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
    Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Teach Overseas
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