Teach English in a Homestay in Brazil

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  • Overview

    Immerse yourself in the colorful, fun and warm culture of Brazil as you stay with a host family, practice your Portuguese and start to feel like a true Brazilian! Greenheart Travel’s Teach English in a Homestay program in Brazil offers you the opportunity to tutor your host family for 15 hours per week.

    This program offers:

    • Volunteer tutoring position with a local host family
    • 15 hours per week teaching experience
    • Placements throughout the country
    • Accommodation with volunteer Brazilian host family
    • 1 or 2 month placements
    • Rolling start dates twice monthly

    This is a volunteer, unpaid teaching placement designed for deep cultural immersion and exchange. This program is ideal for adults hoping to gain experience in teaching English, teachers planning to travel during their summer break, or travelers seeking to experience full cultural immersion.

    Picture yourself abroad and read our participants’ blog posts on life as an English tutor in Brazil!

    I am adjusting quite well. For the lessons, I thought them the cha cha slide and other line dances. We watch movies in English and try to avoid Portuguese subtitles which we then discuss in English afterwards. I love meeting new people and practicing my Portuguese. I think I might be doing more learning than teaching! I’m learning about the history and different culture differences.” – Johadane Pierre, two-time Greenheart Travel alum

  • Program Dates

    Start dates are available year-round, usually the first and third Wednesday of every month (subject to change). However, we’re flexible, so if you are unable to start on those dates, please contact Greenheart Travel directly to see what we can do.

    Deadline to submit an application

    You should finish your application 2-3 months prior to when you want to go to secure a host family. For example, finish your application by Dec. 6 if you’d like to arrive by Feb. 6

  • Eligibility

    No previous teaching experience or certification is required. We are looking for participants who are open-minded and flexible, as well as meet the following requirements:

    • Be between 18 and 35 years old
    • Be a native English speaker
    • Be a citizen of the EU, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, or Canada
    • Must be a high school graduate – college students and graduates preferred
    • Must have the ability to prepare a private tutoring lesson plan
    • Be in good mental* and physical health

    I don’t have teaching experience. How will I know what to teach my host family?

    The English lessons tend to be informal and conversation based. There is no pre-determined curriculum; however participants should be prepared to put together a lesson plan for each tutoring session. Greenheart Travel will provide you access to a library of resources to help you develop fun ideas for teaching your host family.

    Typically families are looking for you to speak English with them over dinner or for a certain amount of time during the day.

    Usually you will teach the children in the home but occasionally an adult will request lessons as well. The level of English will vary depending on the host family but most will be at the beginner level and will only have basic knowledge of English.

  • Costs and Inclusions

    Program Fees

    • 1 Month – $1,610
    • 2 Months – $1,740

    Please note, all prices are listed in USD

    What’s Included:

    • Host family search, screening, background check and placement process
    • Single room accommodation for duration of program
    • Three home-cooked meals a day for duration of program
    • Local office support in Brazil
    • Orientation upon arrival in Brazil
    • Pre-departure orientation and cultural training before you leave
    • Comprehensive medical insurance
    • English as a second language teaching resources
    • Culture & etiquette guidebook
    • Resume-enhancing experience as a private language tutor
    • Full immersion Portuguese language practice
    • Background check for the application
    • The Greenheart Travel Atlas, an interactive guide to your cross-cultural experience
    • Access to the Greenheart Club, an online community for Greenheart alumni to find resources, log volunteer hours, and apply for alumni grants and scholarships

    What’s Not Included:

    • Flight to Brazil
    • Visa & Reciprocity Fee to Brazil (U.S. citizens are now eligible for an e-visa.)
    • Meals eaten outside of the host family home
    • Spending money for personal purchases, tourism or optional activities

    Wondering why you have to pay for a volunteer teaching program?

    Greenheart Travel is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and the program fee for this volunteer teaching project covers the cost of placing you in the program. These fees also aid in providing accommodation, meals, insurance and pre-departure & in-country support to homestay teachers. Read more here.

  • Accommodation

    Homestay participants live with a local volunteer host family during the program. Host families apply in a similar way to participants and Greenheart Travel will match you based on living preferences and personal interests. Host families are not compensated for hosting and host only in exchange for the English lessons.

    Prospective host families undergo a rigorous screening process. Participants can rest assured that only suitable host families will be selected. In order to qualify as a host family, the prospective hosts must:

    • Successfully pass a criminal background check
    • Undergo and pass an in-person interview with program staff
    • Agree to and pass a home inspection

    Participants will have their own private room but may share a bathroom and living areas with the host family. Host families also provide three meals per day except on when going out to restaurants. As an English teacher in a homestay, you will be warmly welcomed into a host family’s home, while having the opportunity to explore the region on your own.

    What do past participants say about their host families?

    I’ve been in Brazil for 6 weeks already, and feeling great. I love learning the language, seeing new places, and meeting new people! My host family is wonderful (and very big), and I have had the chance to teach English to almost all of them. It can be challenging when they feel embarrassed to speak, but I am doing my best to encourage them by making lots of shameless mistakes in Portuguese! This is a great program, more people should do it” – Sasha Cooke, Teach in a Homestay Brazil alum

  • Placements

    Homestay participants live with a local host family during the program. It’s important to be flexible in your placement location, as there are families throughout the country.  We cannot guarantee placement in a specific region or city, but participants are likely to be placed in the Southeastern region of Brazil. However, you may be placed in any of the following locations:

    • Aracaju
    • Cabo Frio
    • Caxias do Sul
    • Manaus
    • Natal
    • Petropolis
    • Sorocaba
    • Vitoria


    Placement FAQS:

    Can I choose where I will be placed?

    No. You can choose your destination country, but you must be flexible about where you will be placed within that country. We can never guarantee placements in any specific city or region and we match based on compatibility with the host family.

    Once I receive my placement, can I request to change it?

    No, we do not change host families based on preferences or location. If you request to change your host family after you have been placed, you will forfeit your $300 commitment deposit.

    What if I don’t like my host family? Can I request a new one?

    No. We do not change host families based on preferences or location. If concerns arise one you are in country, we handle them on a case-by-case basis and do our best to resolve issues amicably.

    Can I be placed with my friend/spouse/significant other?

    No. We are not able to place more than one person with a host family. It is okay to apply with friends and family; however, you will be placed in separate homes and we cannot guarantee they will be in the same city.

  • Optional TEFL Course

    While no certification is required for the Teach English in a Homestay program, an education in ESL teaching methods is extremely helpful in these tutoring positions.

    Therefore, we are excited to offer a special discount on the Online TEFL Certification Course. This will allow our Homestay teachers to get formal ESL training alongside the hands on experience of tutoring their host families. Alumni of the online course receive lifetime job placement assistance, opening up great opportunities for future teaching positions around the world.

    Adding the 170-hour online course is perfect if you want:

    • To teach abroad in a school in the future
    • To save time – the 20 practicum hours required by the course are fulfilled by your homestay program
    • A flexible course designed to fit around your full time schedule

    Teach English in a Homestay travelers can sign up for the TEFL course in their homestay application at a discounted fee of $1,045. Just check the “Add TEFL Certification” box when you apply!

    Read more about the course here!

  • Application Process

    1. Start Your Application HereYou will be sent more information as well as the link to our application portal to begin your formal application.

    2. Submit Basic Program Information: The first step in our application portal will be basic things like your chosen start date, etc.

    3. Submit your deposit: A $300 deposit is required in order to apply for the program. This is subtracted from your total program fee. If we are unable to accept you following your interview (very unlikely!) we will refund your deposit in full.

    4. Complete Application & Documents: Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. In this section, you’ll tell us more information like your work history, motivations for joining the program, travel history, and emergency contacts. You will also submit your documents (below) within your portal account.

    5. Skype Interview: Once you have submitted your online application and paid your application deposit, you will be asked to schedule a video interview with a Greenheart Travel representative.

    6. You’re Accepted! Woohoo! We are usually able to accept people within 1-2 weeks of their interviews.

    7. Commitment Deposit: Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to submit a $300 commitment deposit within 14 days to confirm your spot on the program. We cannot start the host family matching process until we have this deposit. Once you submit your commitment deposit you will unlock the acceptance portion of your portal, which includes things like pre-departure videos, travel and arrival information, the Greenheart Travel Atlas, and more.

    7. Book your flights, and get ready for your adventure to Brazil! Your remaining balance is due in full 60 days before your start date.

    Required Documents

    • A letter of recommendation (personal or professional)
    • “dear host family” letter introducing yourself
    • A photo album with 5-7 recent photos of you (used for your host family to get to know you)
    • Copy of your passport
    • Completed background check. If you are a U.S. citizen we can provide you a free, online service.

    You’re Accepted – now what?

    Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. If accepted, you will receive your Greenheart Travel program handbook via email, as well as supplemental information about dealing with culture shock and our insurance program.

    Before we begin the host family screening and placement process, an additional $300 commitment deposit (which goes toward your program fee also) is due. 

    A visa may be required for a tourist stay of up to 90 days depending on the destination country. Greenheart Travel will provide you information about applying for a visa, but please check with the embassy of your host country to verify, as visa requirements may change.

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    Have questions or want to talk to us about the program? Set up a time to have a phone call below.

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