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 alumna


Program Dates

Start dates are available year round. We need no less 8 weeks lead time to secure a host family, although we recommend applying earlier to guarantee a placement. You are welcome to choose any of the start dates below. We’re flexible, so if you are unable to start on these given dates, please contact Greenheart Travel directly to see what we can do.

Program Start Date Deadline to Apply Date
December 12, 2017 October 12, 2017
December 26, 2017 October 26, 2017
January 10, 2018 November 10, 2017
January 24, 2018 November 24, 2018
February 7, 2018 December 7, 2017
February 21, 2018 December 21, 2017
March 7, 2018 January 7, 2018
March 21, 2018 January 21, 2018
April 4, 2018 February 4, 2018
April 18, 2018 February 18, 2018
May 2, 2018 March 2, 2018
May 16, 2018 March 16, 2018
May 30, 2018 March 30, 2018
June 13, 2018 April 13, 2018
June 27, 2018 April 27, 2018
July 11, 2018 May 11, 2018
July 25, 2018 May 25, 2018
August 8, 2018 June 8, 2018
August 22, 2018 June 22, 2018
September 5, 2018 July 5, 2018
September 19, 2018 July 19, 2018
October 3, 2018 August 3, 2018
October 17, 2018 August 17, 2018
October 31, 2018 August 30, 2018
November 14, 2018 September 9, 2017
November 28, 2018 September 23, 2017
December 12, 2018 October 12, 2017
December 26, 2018 October 26, 2017


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.


Program Fees

  • 1 Month – $1,580
  • 2 Months – $1,710

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

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 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.


Homestay participants live with a local 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 participant


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 $500 placement 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.


Application Process

Complete the Online Application

 There are 5 short steps in the application process, which are outlined below. The whole process takes about 30 minutes and can be done in stages.

  1. Select the APPLY NOW button on the left side of the program page. You will receive a link to fill out the first portion of the application, which asks for general information about you.
  2. Once you complete part 1, you will be emailed Greenheart Travel’s Terms and conditions. Please read through them and sign.
  3. Next, you will pay a $250 deposit to hold your position in the program. It is very rare that our homestay applications are declined, but if you are rejected from the program, you will be refunded the $250 less a $75 processing fee. Otherwise, it is deducted for your overall program fee.
  4. Now, you will complete a second application form that includes more detailed information about yourself (such as education background, experience, medical history, host family preference, etc).
  5. In order to finalize your application, you will need to complete a 15 minute interview via Skype with the program manager.

Additionally, you will need to upload the following documents:

  • 1 letter of recommendation (can be personal or professional)
  • A “Dear Family” letter introducing yourself to your homestay family
  • A photo album with 5-7 recent photos of you (used for your host family to get to know you)
  • Copy of your passport
  • A completed background check. If you are a US citizen, Greenheart Travel provides you a free, online background check service which you can access during the application process. If you are not a US citizen, you are required to submit your own background check from your local police station.

Review your Application

Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to confirm your acceptance. If we find something in your application that we have concerns about, we will let you know immediately. 95% of applicants are accepted on the program they apply for.

You’re Accepted – now what?

Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. If accepted, you will receive an orientation packet 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 $500 payment toward your program fee is due. This payment is required a minimum of 8 weeks prior to your departure.

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.