Teach Swimming Lessons To Children in A Beautiful Surf Town!

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Program Description

ETIV do Brasil is partnering with SwimTakya to offer swimming lessons to low income children living on the coast of Bahia, Brazil in a beautiful fishing and surfing town known as Itacare. We are looking for volunteers that can volunteer with us to teach swimming lessons during the months of April and May of 2018. Once you arrive into Brazil, you will be given a day to settle into the volunteer house. Then in the next work day or two, you will be given a tour of Itacare an introduction to the NGO and an introduction to your project. Swimming lessons will be held 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday in the mornings and in the afternoons. Fridays will often be devoted to tours in and around Itacare. We will be bringing local children from their neighborhoods to the end of Praia Concha for their swimming lessons. Weekends will be kept free for volunteers to explore the other beaches, travel to other nearby destination or to simply relax in our hammocks and enjoy our garden and river views from the volunteer house.


• Enjoy the natural paradise of Itacare, with it's gorgeous beaches, waterfalls, and rich biodiversity
• Learn about NGO operations and international development in Brazil
• Establish positive relationships with the local community and participate in day to day life in Itacare
• work with children that come from difficult backgrounds


Volunteers will be allowed to stay for as little as 2 or 3 weeks, although we highly recommend that volunteers come for at least a month if not the entire term as those that stay longer are often able to build much stronger relationship with the children, the community and the NGO. It is highly recommended that volunteers learn at least basic if not intermediate Portuguese before arrival as not many people in Bahia speak English, and this will improve the safety of our program for the children you will be teaching. It is important also to be flexible, independent,patient and persistent as you may encounter different obstacles when working with children that come from difficult backgrounds.

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What`s Included

Prior to arrival you will receive a Pre-Departure Powerpoint from ETIV do Brazil, that will help you prepare for your trip and most everything to expect while volunteering in Brazil. As soon as you sign up and are committed to the program, we will reserve your housing, your placement and we can send you our Portuguese audio lessons. We strongly recommend that those with little to no Portuguese, complete at least one half our lesson every day prior to arrival.

Program Locations

Itacare, Brazil

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Program Details

ETIV do Brazil
  • Brazil: Itacare
Fall, Spring
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks, 1-3 months, 2-4 weeks
English, Portuguese
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
Contribution per month: 1 month - $275; 2 months - $233 per month; 3 months - $198 per month; 4 months - $168 per month; 5 months - $143 per month; 6 months - $121 per month * Low income students can apply for a grant to waive their volunteer contribution if they are able to intern with us for at least 6 months. *
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