Brazil Gap Years

Overview and Highlights

Brazil will be forever associated with samba, football, the Amazon and one of the biggest parties in the world: the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. But scratch the surface and gap year visitors to this huge and multifarious nation will discover so much more. Few countries offer such a melting pot of ecological and cultural diversity and travellers to the world’s fifth largest nation are in for a treat.

It’s not all about the well-known highlights such as the Amazon rainforest and beaches of course. The gigantic sand dunes of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park are a sight to behold, while the Pantanal wetlands, the largest tropical wetlands in the world, offer a unique ecological experience. Watch out for piranhas though!

The music of Brazil is eclectic, exciting and compels you to get up and dance, especially after a caipirinha or two. Indeed music and dance are intrinsic constituents of life in Brazil and watching the samba school perform in either the quadras de samba or at the famed carnival itself is an experience not to be missed.

We found 4 programmes in our database that matched your search. Choose one below to learn more.

TEACH ENGLISH TO SCHOOL CHILDREN ON FLORIANOPOLIS ISLAND IN BRAZIL

Programme Overview:

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 Rsum.

From: £995
Country: Brazil
Continent: South America
Minimum age: 18
PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE COURSES ON THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF FLORIANOPOLIS IN BRAZIL

Programme Overview:

Learn Brazilian Portuguese on the stunning island of Florianopolis in the south of Brazil. Private lessons are arranged for you so if you just want to learn some basic survival phrases and vocabulary to help you whilst on your placement, or you would like to have a more structured course or improve your existing knowledge of the language, we have something for everyone! There is no better or easier way to learn a language than to live it and breathe it ... and there is no better place to study than in vibrant, beautiful Brazil!You can choose to only learn Portuguese during your time in Floripa, take a course for a week prior to starting your project, or you can combine a Portuguese Course with a teaching, care or sports project.

From: £995
Country: Brazil
Continent: South America
Minimum age: 18
CARE FOR CHILDREN IN A CRECHE ON THE ISLAND OF FLORIANOPOLIS IN BRAZIL

Programme Overview:

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

From: £1295
Country: Brazil
Continent: South America
Minimum age: 18
COACH SPORTS TO SCHOOL CHILDREN ON FLORIANOPOLIS ISLAND IN BRAZIL

Programme Overview:

Coach children from local communities at NGO?s or public schools. You'll help with different types of sports, such as football, volleyball, basketball, handball and tennis. You'll assist the Sports teachers in their regular lessons, introducing your culture and sports specialities from your country!This is an exciting opportunity to also develop your own coaching project, being the ?main teacher?, showing your sports techniques, games played in your country, different styles, anything that can add to the teachers' and students' practice.The local teacher and coordinator will be there to help you with planning and practicing the lessons. The children are all so eager to learn from the foreign volunteers!This placement will add substantially to your CV or R?sum?.

From: £995
Country: Brazil
Continent: South America
Minimum age: 18

Gap Year Opportunities

The vast otherworldly beauty of the Amazon rainforest and its winding lifeblood, the eponymous river, clearly represent a significant draw to nature lovers. There are numerous volunteer programmes relating to conservation of the rainforest itself or more specifically to particular species of flora or fauna.

Brazil is now the eighth or ninth biggest economy in the world (depending on which measure of GDP is used), and there are an increasing number of internship opportunities available to visitors in all areas of business.

Despite the wealth of the nation as a whole, there are still many people who live in poverty, for instance in the favelas in and around Rio de Janeiro. As such it is possible for gap year travellers to make a positive difference to Brazilians by volunteering for education or community projects in some of the bigger cities. You could even volunteer as a football coach on some programmes, though you might learn as much from the kids as they will from you!

Practicalities, Health and Safety

Due to the size of the country (with an area of more than 3 million square miles) travellers and those on a career break might feel daunted. But with a reliable and extensive internal flight network and some efficient and very comfortable bus services, it is very possible to combine trips to some of the idyllic beaches dotted along more than 4500 miles of coastline, one or two of the vibrant cities of Rio, Sao Paulo, Recife or Salvador da Bahia, and some of the natural highlights such as Iguazu Falls (Foz do Iguaçu).

In terms of staying safe in Brazil, visitors will find most areas welcoming, relaxed and free from trouble. Of course, poverty can lead to petty crime in any country and Rio, Sao Paulo and other urban areas of Brazil are no different. Taking a few precautions should vastly reduce the chances of you falling victim to pickpockets or bag-snatchers. For instance, when visiting the tourist hotspots of Copacabana or Christ the Redeemer in Rio, don’t flash cash or expensive gadgets around, and take the usual precautions when walking around at night.

Depending on where you travel in Brazil you might need certain vaccinations or anti-malarial medication, so be sure to check with your local travel clinic when planning your trip. It also pays to take a good mosquito net if planning to venture into the more rural areas.