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Tour guides in Rio learn English with Frederikke from Denmark

Volunteer Frederikke Cronquist from Denmark is teaching English for tour guides in Rio de Janeiro and teaching drawing techniques for young people. Many thanks Frederikke! You make us believe that a better world is possible!

Teaching English for Tour Guides in Brazil

For tour guides, among other professions, learning English is essential to their work. So your help as a volunteer teacher makes all the difference in people’s lives! As a volunteer teacher, you can choose whether you prefer to teach some students or give a full class in Rio.

The best practice for volunteer teachers in Rio would be to create their own lesson plans. Often, volunteers work together, planning their English classes for future tour guides or other people who want to work with tourism.

Visit the volunteer program to teach English in Brazil on our Homepage.

Volunteer of Visual Arts in Rio de Janeiro

Frederikke Cronquist Denmark drawing techniques

Frederikke Cronquist Denmark drawing techniques

When you feel like sharing your creativity and passion for the arts, take a trip to Rio de Janeiro as an arts and design volunteer. As Rio has already inspired many artists and musicians, you can find young talents and help them grow. During your stay, you will work with children and teenagers from the favelas of Rio, developing their artistic talents.

Working with children from various communities in Rio, your efforts will play a valuable role in helping a project desperately without resources, allowing you to absorb Rio’s artistic vibes.

Visit the arts volunteer program in Rio de Janeiro. While working in Brazil, you will know the country as no tour guide could show for you!

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Teaching at school in India: Patricia and Rui from Portugal

Patricia Oliveira & Rui Falhas Santos have been teaching at school in India. Both volunteer teachers come from Portugal and are giving back & making a difference in Jaipur.

Volunteer teaching at school in India

Rui with his students in India

Rui with his students

Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad opened us the door for an amazing volunteering experience. Through this institution we met AII Group that is a local volunteering institution in India.

Our volunteering experience was remarkable. We had the opportunity to teach English to children from 4 to 13 years old. They were very kind and interested in learning new contents and games. Despite we have previously planned in detail our classes, we had huge support from the AII Group in regard to teaching contents and translations. Also, the school Director and teachers were very kind and supportive.

In our last day at school, both the school Director and AII Group were so lovely in surprising us with a delicious farewell cake! Here we learned that it is important to teach children new English contents but also play and enjoy time with them, because they love the experience of knowing someone from a different culture.

During our journey in India (Jaipur), we stayed in a host family house, which allowed us to be even closer to the Indian culture.

The food in Jaipur is very tasty but highly spicy. When we ate in local restaurants we carefully selected less spicy food. At home, spicy quantity was carefully adapted, since we were not used to it.

AII Group provided us with a Hindi basics class that was really helpful during our stay, both to interact with locals and students.
We would like to thank Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad for providing us access to this amazing experience and total support during the planning phase.
Last but not least, we would like to thank AII Group for supporting us during our stay in India and for having made its best efforts to providing us with the most amazing experiences.

 

Patrícia Oliveira & Rui Falhas Santos

As an assistant teacher, you’ll be teaching English at a Community school in India, situated in the southern part of Jaipur. Since the school is catering to children from an economically weak & marginalized area, quality English teaching with all other required amenities provided are a great advance for the young students.

Our in country partners have supported the school with all the furniture, infrastructure & teaching materials like boards etc. There are around 54 students who are studying in 1st to 5th grades. As a volunteer you will teach the students the necessary things that will help them in developing their interpersonal skills. You will also help the local staff in daily operations of the school. The top-most requirement of the project is to develop the overall personality of the students by encouraging extracurricular activities, art & craft, group discussions, teaching & communication.

Visit the teaching volunteer project in India on our homepage, and sign up!

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More volunteer experiences in India

Lailana Smith Australia caring for children in India

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Teaching Young Monks in Nepal – Fernando Castillo

Fernando del Castillo, from Spain, teaching young monks in a Buddhist monastery in Nepal. Great work Fernando, thank you very much!!

Teaching young monks at a Buddhist Monastery

Buddhist monastery

You will be teaching at Buddhist monastery, located at Aarubari, Jorpati, Kathmandu. The athmosphere is very welcoming, and the young monks are highly motivated to learn English. While staying at the monastery with the monks, you will learn also about the Buddhist philosophy of peace and compassion.

Lammert Lettinga about his teaching experience at the monastery:

Teaching English to the child/junior monks at the Monastery has been an interesting, inspiring and educational experience for me. I only hope my pupils experienced it the same way. The atmosphere in the monastery was very welcoming, peaceful and enjoyable and so were the people in it. – Lammert Lettinga

English speaking skills will improve the professional opportunities

While learning English with you, the young monks will improve their English skills. For them, fluency in English will help bringing forward a brighter professional future. academic and professional opportunities.

Teaching English at a local school in Jarshing Pauwa, Kathmandu!

You may also choose to teach English at a local school, also close to Kathmandu. Your presence will open hearts and minds to life outside of a small village where ideas of life beyond their small corner of the world are seldom generated. Teaching the students and inspiring the teachers with new methods will leave your legacy in place.

Antonia Bozzolo: Amazing Teaching Experience

Antonia Bozzolo teaching English at School

Antonia Bozzolo

I spend a month teaching in a school in Kathmandu Nepal.
It is an amazing experience, especially if you want to put your teaching skills on the line.
I have learned not only that I love what I do, but also gained confidence and good experience.
You also get to understand a different culture and meet amazing people! – Antonia Bozzolo, Las Condes

Volunteer Work in Nepal

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Teaching English in a monastery in Kathmandu: an experience to remember!

Teaching English to the child/junior monks at the Monastery has been an interesting, inspiring and educational experience for me. I only hope my pupils experienced it the same way. The atmosphere in the monastery was very welcoming, peaceful and enjoyable and so were the people in it. At times, it was challenging to keep the kids in line by using only positive feedback and enthusiasm (because they see and undergo enough violence in their lives) but I think me and other volunteers have found a nice balance to make lessons entertaining, engaging as well as educational. It has been very rewarding to see how much progress they’ve made in the three weeks I got to teach them.

How can this program be improved?

By insuring that when volunteers are finished with the program, it is well-documented what progress they made and at what level the kids are at in their English proficiency. It took me quite some time to figure out what kind of lessons would be at the right level for the kids. – Lammert Lettinga

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Filipa Pereira Portugal Natasha Smith USA with the young monks at the Buddhist Monastery

Teaching Young Monks at the Buddhist Monastery: Filipa from Portugal and Natasha from the US

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Ming’s Experience in Ecuador: The Smile I will Never Forget

 I’m writing this review based on my experience as a one month volunteer in Ecuador. I was assigned with a Ecuadorian family and they were very friendly and treated me as their own family. When I first got there, my Spanish was bad and my ‘family’ helped me bargain with the taxi driver and helped me settle down.

My ‘family’ treating me so well…

Ming's Experience in Ecuador

Ming: The Smile I will Never Forget

How can this program be improved?

It will be better if the connection with local family is improved. Sometimes the internet is not good in this small village, so volunteers need someone who can speak english well.

  • Ming

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Teaching English in Iquitos, Peru – Marco Fiorito

Over the last September, I volunteered for 2 weeks as a teaching assistant in Padre Cocha, a small community located at 20 min by boat from Iquitos, in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon.

The project consisted in a 2-week English course for local people of all ages and aimed at improving their everyday communication with foreigners, in order to promote tourism in the community.

Marco teaching English in the Peruvian Amazon Region

Marco teaching English in the Peruvian Amazon Region

During this period I’ve been hosted by Jorge and Jenny, the organisers of this project, at their b&b, who made me feel welcome since the very beginning and gave me all the support I could need for visiting the area.

Marco with his English Students

Marco with his English Students

Teaching has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, as put me in direct contact with the local people, who really appreciated the time and effort I put into it and who truly believed in the benefits of the program.

In my experience, two weeks have been a sufficient time to forget about my own life and to dive into this new reality, getting to know new people and appreciate their differences and similarities from my cultural background, build friendships, enjoy the jungle and, hopefully, make a difference for this community. This first course, in fact, has set the basis for a longer-term project that will continue with new volunteers and with the same enthusiasm to help the development of this marvellous place.

The pier in Padre Cocha close to Iquitos

The pier in Padre Cocha close to Iquitos

Overall, I couldn’t be more satisfied of this affordable and rewarding adventure, especially given that I’d never really considered volunteering before, and surely recommend this kind of experience to anybody.

  • Marco Fiorito, King’s University, London, UK

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Volunteering in Rio de Janeiro with Teaching English, Art and Dance

I spent the month of October working with Iko Poran in Rio de Janeiro on projects teaching English, Art, and Dance. I met some wonderful people, some of whom will hopefully remain friends forever. It was good to make a difference, even for a short while, to the lives of people who in some cases have so little. But what they may lack in resources they make up for many times in their enthusiasm for learning. I was able to contribute on a number of programmes and I think the more adaptable you are, the more you will get out of the experience. Rio de Janeiro is an amazing place, not without its problems, and you do have to take care travelling around, however one of the best aspects of the experience for me was being able to live almost like a local, travelling miles on the rattling buses, eating very economically in “local” restaurants, really feeling a part of the community. You just would not get that coming as a tourist. A tourist will get to know places….a volunteer will get to know people!

How can this program be improved?

I would have liked a brief sheet with information for the projects.
Address, contact details, history of the project, website if there was one, just to be as familiar as possible before getting struck in. Also some projects are quite far away and the prospect of getting lost was always there, although it didnt happen.

  • Bob Black, Scotland

 

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Enjoy Teaching English in Rio!

Wasim Hassanali, from England, and his very interested students. We are always looking for English teachers.

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Teaching English in Rio – Interview with Ute Heinzel

Ute Heinzel from Germany goes to Brazil, she wants to teach English in Rio de Janeiro. On a visit to Belo Horizonte she learns to see the land of her childhood with new eyes, and spontaneously decides to leave her life as a marketing executive in chic London for a year to give something to the poorest of the poor in the favelas, to teach them English. At the beginning, her Portuguese is still basic and she has yet to get used to being considered a “Gringa” in her childhood country.

Every morning she has to get up just after six to get the bus in time, which then has to find it’s way through the morning traffic jam in the Avenida Brasil to the suburb Batan. But Ute quickly gets to know the people from de Favela, makes friends, and gets her English students on their toes. Also, the life in the hostel, where she is housed as a volunteer, she appreciates very much.

The shared chats with the other volunteers, excursions and barbecues, where she is invited by the project coordinator Felipe, quickly make her forget the simple conditions in the dorm of the hostel. After all, Rio de Janeiro lives more outside. In the end, contrary to her original intentions, she meets a love, begins on joint excursions to see Rio through the eyes of a Brazilian.

What inspired you to volunteer abroad?

Brasil was the country of my childhood, as my Dad took me to Rio when I was eight years old. It took me 26 years to return to Brasil. In 2014 I went to Belo Horizonte, but my views on life changed with this visit. I’ve lived in Berlin and live in London now, so I’m used to homelessness and poverty, or so I thought. Seeing drug addicts and homeless people in Brasil made rough sleepers in London almost look cushty. That was when I felt that I had been extremely lucky in my life and that it was time to give something back, and so I decided to volunteer.

Why did you choose Iko Poran Association?

Once I had made the decision to volunteer, I did some research and was overwhelmed with the possibilities and organisations. I actually wanted to build houses in a favela, but the particular organisation that offered the program allowed volunteers only to stay for a maximum time of four weeks. As it was clear to me that I’d apply for a sabbatical at work and that I’d like to stay for at least three months, I decided against it. Instead I thought of how people at work always told me that I train them so well, so I thought “Why not teach English?”.

What was your favorite part about Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city, one of the best places in the world. Despite the fact that more than six million people live there, you can actually manage to meet the same people over and over: at the bus stop, at the many Botecos, at the beach. I loved the diversity in the city and how widespread it was. I was never really scared and felt pretty safe most of the time. That said, I think it does make a difference if you make sure to dress as simple as possible to not attract unnecessary attention. I will always be spotted as a 

Teaching English in Rio Ute Heinzel

After climbing Dois Irmãos

gringa, my skin will just not get dark enough and my Portuguese is still slow, but if you make the impression to have everything under control, I experienced that people are cool with you.

What characteristics of your program made it unique?

The program itself is surely not unique, teaching English to underprivileged people in favelas is something that every organisation offers. What made it unique for me was that Felipe, the manager of Iko Poran, was always hands-on with everything; from picking the volunteers up from the airport to driving them to the placements to going out for drinks and organising spontaneous BBQs, he was always up to get together and interact with us. His life experience makes a huge difference in how he handles things and I felt in really good hands during my three months stay in Rio.

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Teaching English in Rio de Janeiro

Volunteer in Brazil and  teaching English in Rio de Janeiro, learning Portuguese, and providing access to one of the world’s most spoken languages.

This incredible volunteer project allows for much more than a standard teaching job. While teaching English in Rio, you will be fully submerged into the culture of the Brazilian people – and will end up learning Portuguese as well. You will have the opportunity to create bonds with students, ranging from primary aged to the elderly, teaching them the life skill of one of the worlds most spoken languages. Therefore you will be responsible for educating and creating opportunities for local people in Rio, who may not previously of had the chance to.

Opportunities for volunteers to Teach English in Rio de Janeiro

As a volunteer in Rio, you may witness the difference in the education provided, and as an English teacher you will have the blessed opportunity to supply further education to those eager to learn. Through working in local favelas, you will allow people access to education they previously did not see as possible – an opportunity of a lifetime!

Skills needed to Teach English in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Do not allow lack of teaching experience put you off! The project thrives from allowing English speakers to lead discussions and classes, whether that be small or larger groups. Your help will hugely impact their learning, for the better! Volunteers often help each other in planning lessons and activities, allowing for a diverse learning program. The volunteer project allows you to teach and also give you the opportunity to learn the Portuguese language.

Want to volunteer in Brazil?

Find out more about volunteering in Brazil and proceed with your application.

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