We are a private non-profit association. We are offering free access to artistic and cultural courses and events to the community of Brasilia de Minas. Through those actions, we expect people become more resilient and aware of the complexity of the world we live in.
Our team is composed by a group of friends. We started our socio-artistic work in 1998. At that time, a group of children were living on the streets and were suffering from abuse. We decided to take them under our wings. We rented a small house in order to give them food and a shelter. We also convinced them to come to that house to learn about art (theater, circus and music), respect, dignity and love. Since that moment, they no longer lived on the streets again.
Since 1998, the situation of the city evolved and our project changed in the same time. On 01/08/2013, we started a new project. We offer to the community of Brasilia de Minas and its region, for free, a place where people can socialize through qualitative classes and artistic-cultural events. Therefore, we’re working with a team composed of artists and teachers from all over the world.
This new place is open to everybody. Right now, we have more than 500 people participating in our different classes. We are working a lot with children but we want to give all people a chance to develop themselves. Not only by learning new techniques but also by socializing with other people and other cultures, which is by far not possible for every soul in Brazil.
Here is the experience of one volunteer and friend we have had here for several times: 'When I first came here as a Dutchy two years ago (January 2016), I came here to visit my friend Leo, who is in the team here. I got sucked in to this place though and now I have a lot of friends here and will try to help from other parts in the world in all kind of forms. Brasilia de Minas is a very friendly place with a beautiful unique culture'.
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Brasilia de Minas has a very unique culture, from which you can always learn. If you are interested in learning the language, this is the place to be, because people here take there time for you and are very patient. The experience of our Dutch friend and volunteer; ' I have travelled in many different cultures, but I have never experienced so much hospitality as here (something that more individualized societies can learn a lot from). For the rest, we are musicians, poets, work with art and theater and work with kids, so there are many many things we can learn each other! '
The house is already running smooth, but we are always looking to keep developing with new insights. You will be totally free in how you can help in, in your own creative way. For instance teaching something specific, like English, to the kids here would be very helpfull. Some specific tasks you could help us with;
-Theater and music set up (for instance building up the scenery)
-Setting up tents for when we have an art market in town
Every monday we come together and make a roster of who does what in the upcoming week (but still this roster is very flexible :) ).
English and Portuguese
Let's say that this place consists of two parts. One part is the museum where the events happen and where people can walk in every day to have a look, have a chat, play an instrument, read a book..The other part is for the staff, where there is a kitchen (cooking possibilities), bathroom (with shower), living room and one bedroom (and the second one is in process). There will always be bread and coffee here and we will also have food in the fridge from which you can cook a main meal (and sometimes we will cook alltogether). You will be sleeping in that bedroom and can use all of the facilities that belong to our house.
It would be smart to take a flight to montes claros, from where you can take the bus to Brasilia de Minas (which takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes). We will pick you up from the bus stop and start our beautiful time together. The idea of cultural exchange here is new here, which means you will be (one of the) first foreign people that comes here. Because of that, people in this town are only more interested, enthousiastic and open armed. Also, we like to do things professional, but do this in a none-stressful way. For instance, if you like to develop your teaching skills in as much freedom as possible, this would be the place.
In this place you will never feel alone. People like to come together here and if you want to, you will be part of that. For instance, the culture house is kind of attached to the main square, where people like to come together to have some food or drink a beer. But of course, you always have the freedom to just watch a movie in your bedroom, or to see what's around Brasilia de Minas. There are some waterfalls and caves around that you could visit. Of course, you can get some free days and travel around in Minas Gerais, for instance to Ouro Preto or Diamantina (and if you get the chance to go to Milho Verde, go there!).
At last, I (Leo, one of your hosts) speak English!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week