VOLUNTEER or INTERN in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
– Photos from our work in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
Why Volunteer in South America? Or better yet, why volunteer in Brazil? Porque é muito legal!! Aside from the amazing self improvement aspects (language learning, cultural enrichment, physical activity) you will be providing these same opportunities for children in communities that are in great need. Many South American countries still suffer from a plethora of political, social, and economic issues. Brazil is no different. Although Brazil is considered a strong emerging economy, TV coverage during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics put Brazil’s economic disparity on the front page. Belo Horizonte, lesser known than Rio or Sao Paulo, suffers from some of the same issues as these larger cities. [Belo Horizonte has roughly 3.5 million inhabitants.] Public schools in the poorer areas of the city suffer from inadequate infrastructure, lack of supplies, and a lack of extracurricular activities such as physical education and language learning.
While volunteering in Belo Horizonte, you will be given the opportunity to experience the Brazilian lifestyle from various angles. As a volunteer you will be a gringo, a teacher, a capoeirista, and a friend to the children you are helping as well as the neighborhood you are integrated into. Whether it be for a week, a month, or more, your time will be one of learning, enjoyment, and first hand experience of Brazilian culture. Below are the current options for volunteers and internships and if your are interested fill out an application and we will forward you the guidebook of how to get started on your journey
Volunteer in Brasil – General
Your day to day activities will include interactions with children and can incorporate helping in capoeira classes, language instruction, cultural exchange, or many other areas depending on your interest. Apply to receive more information in our guidebook.
Language Teaching Volunteer in Brazil
Volunteer to to teach English. As a language volunteer you will implement English as a Foreign Language classes for children and adults. You will be given the opportunity to help create teaching materials if desired. Apply to receive more information in our guidebook.
Physical Education Volunteer
As a physical education volunteer in Brazil depending on your capoeira experience, you will be involved in either assisting or leading capoeira classes for children and/or adults. You can also train as little or as much as you desire in various locations and styles of capoeira throughout Belo Horizonte. Apply to receive more information in our guidebook.
Pedagogy Internship – Adult / Pedagogy Internship – Children (K-12)
Although not limited to these areas, our pedagogical focus is on physical education and also language acquisition. Your objectives will be to develop curriculum materials, lesson plans, as well as conduct research on best practices within these areas. All interns will receive field experience in their respective fields. Apply to receive more information in our guidebook.
Marketing Internship in Brazil
This opportunity is available as a physical and virtual opportunity. This internship opportunity ranges from design to grant-writing. The focus can be determined by the candidate upon approval. Areas of interest: website management, advertisement campaigns, digital content, grant writing, social interfacing, fundraising management. Apply to receive more information in our guidebook.
Internship – Interdisciplinary
Capoeira falls into many categories. Simply through training capoeira you learn history, language, music, body mechanics, philosophy…the list is endless. Literally, it can be incorporated into many areas of study. PhDs have already been earned through theses on capoeira in Anthropology, History, and Physical Education. There are sure to be many more in the future. Our interdisciplinary internship allows you the opportunity to develop your own plan of study. All interns will receive field experience in their respective fields. Apply to receive more information in our guidebook.
As a small organization we have certain costs that must be covered for our programs (instructors, housing, student uniforms, ect). Thus we must charge a small fee (accepted as a donation) for all of our programs. We will provide information on how you can fundraise to accomplish your goals. More information contained in guidebook.
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Future volunteer oportunities
In the past the social project has been involved in Salvador, Bahia and we hope to return there soon. Also we are trying to expand volunteer options to Vila Velha, Rondonia, and several other Brasilian cities.