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Survival Portuguese Language Program
Except for the international community, the language spoken in Brazil is Portuguese. The International Volunteer Travel Survival Portuguese Program is a one-week program especially prepared for those with no prior knowledge of Portuguese. If you have no prior working knowledge of Portuguese, Spanish or Italian, you might find it difficult and frustrating to effectively volunteer or intern in Brazil.
This program is required for all people who donít speak Portuguese, Spanish or Italian if they are staying for more than 3 weeks. Those staying for a shorter period are strongly encouraged to participate but are not required to do so.
Portuguese language learning under this program is geared towards helping the overseas volunteer and international intern develop practical skills for everyday travel situations. This Brazil culture program covers useful language for conversation at restaurant, bank, tourist office, supermarket, post office, airport, etc.
The Brazil Survival Portuguese Program is not offered alone. Only applicants who sign up for one other program such as the Volunteer Abroad in Brazil, Internships Abroad in Brazil, or the Brazil Adventure Holidays programs, can participate in the Survival Portuguese Program.
A typical schedule of the Survival Portuguese Program in Brazil is as follows:
Day 1: Arrival and pick up from the International Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Day 2: Orientation and culture lectures covering topics including Brazilian culture, history, customs, politics, geography, and necessary health precautions, and the diversity of Brazilian life. The afternoon is free for exploring Brazilian life and the city of Rio.
Day 3 - 5: Portuguese language class, 1.3 hours a day, in the morning. In the afternoon, volunteers abroad and overseas interns work with Brazilian children and youths teaching them circus, dance, acrobatics and music.
Day 6: Portuguese language classes end. Evaluation of the program. In the afternoon, volunteers abroad and overseas interns work with Brazilian children and youths teaching them circus, dance, acrobatics and music.
Day 7: Free day.
Note: Weekends are free to explore the city of Rio and the rest of Brazil or even continue volunteering with children.
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Questions and Additional Information
To access more information on any aspect of our South American programs in Brazil please click on any link on the left or top links bars. For answers to your questions not provided on the link pages, please go to the page on Frequently Asked Questions.
Brazil Survival Portuguese Program Highlights
Length of Program:
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every Month
Airport Arrival Time: Preferably by 4:00 PM
Accommodation and Meals: Accommodation provided in a special guesthouse, or in a youth hostel incase of overflow. Meals are not provided. You can do your own catering with facilities available in the house, or eat at the restaurants. Restaurant food prices are about USD $3.00 for a good meal.
Routine transport to the classes is not provided. Local transport costs about USD 2.00 for a return trip to the classes and the projects.
Mondays to Fridays. 2 to 6 hours daily (10 to 30 hours weekly) including classes (1.3 hours per day) and projects.
For Brazil internship program fees, please click here.