Help in our English conversational classes in São Sebastião, Brazil

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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    Hey there!

    Our program has been growing and improving in recent years. We teach English lessons from beginners to intermediate levels in an interactive way, Monday through Friday.

    We invite international volunteers to join us so our students can gain a realistic understanding of what speaking English is like, experience different accents, and get a glimpse of life beyond Brazil—a cultural exchange.

    In Brazil, extracurricular English classes can be quite expensive. Our goal is to provide affordable classes, hoping to create future opportunities for our students. We believe in the power of language education to build connections, create opportunities, and enrich lives.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    In São Sebastião, you will get to experience the local food and way of life and interact with a loving community. We’re only steps away from the beach!

    This region offers many attractions: beautiful beaches, great surfing, adventurous hikes, crystal clear fresh water pools and waterfalls and breathtaking excursions to many islands.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We expect you to stay with us for at least 4 weeks. One of the most important distinctions between hot and cold-climate cultures in the work setting is that hot-climate culture is relationship-based. All hot-climate communication has one goal: to promote a friendly environment and a positive relationship. From what we’ve experienced so far, 4 weeks is a great way to start building these connections.

    We expect you to conduct conversational English lessons for students of all ages, from beginner to intermediate level, in an interactive way! No prior knowledge of Portuguese is required. You don't have to be a native English speaker, but you must have an advanced level. In addition to the regular lessons, we have a special day activity designed to give students the opportunity to practice English in a more natural way, similar to what we experience when traveling abroad. So, you'll be expected to give a workshop that can range from talking about your home country/culture to sharing your unique skills with students.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation



    We all live under one big roof, and I will be your host family. When you're here, you become part of our family, so "make yourself at home." We share the kitchen, bedrooms, the social school area, and the school classrooms, all within one large building.

    Volunteers have a private room with two comfortable beds, shared with another volunteer. The room comes with a bathroom featuring a nice sink, mirror, toilet, and a shower with lush hot water.

    And there's more—YOU HAVE AIR CONDITIONING and a SWIMMING POOL! (Although we usually only use the air conditioning in summer when it gets very hot.)


    Food is something we don't mind at all. We want our volunteers to feel relaxed in our home environment, to feel that they can cook and eat whenever and however they want.

    Given that volunteers may have different dietary preferences, we've found it easiest to let volunteers cook for themselves.

    In exchange for all your great work teaching, we provide accommodation and all the ingredients for two meals—breakfast and dinner—every week for you to prepare meals for yourself in the kitchen. We'll ask you for a list of meals and a shopping list every Wednesday, including dietary needs. This is Market day! You're free to join me for the experience. However, you'll need to be responsible if you finish them before the end of the week. We prefer you to choose items that are more organic, as we aim to buy as much local food as possible to reduce our carbon footprint.

    (We would appreciate it if you could do the same—integrate yourself and try to have as much natural Brazilian food as possible.)

    If you'd like snacks or certain foods from your country that are expensive here (for example: brie cheese, pesto, parmesan cheese), you'll need to buy these with your own money. Although many traditional dishes include meat or fish, it's not difficult to live on vegetarian food as well, given the rich supply of fruits and vegetables in Brazil.

  • What else ...

    What else ...


    Travelling is all about reinventing and change of routine and lifestyle: whether it is how much you sleep and where, how long you have to wait for transport, doing without home comforts or trying new things.

    So yes, travelling is going to be a bit more challenging when you have certain dietary restrictions, food allergies OR when you are simply a picky eater. While it might be difficult — and sometimes even impossible(!) — to stick to your diet while away, it doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t visit countries where people have eating habits vastly different from yours. As a seasoned traveller (currently a workaway host), here is an advice on how you can respect both your dietary requirements and the local customs without going hungry.

    It’s important to remember that most of you come from countries where have a ridiculous amount of choice. Food has not been hard for the average person to find. Food, therefore, has gone from primarily being a source of nourishment to be a source of entertainment. Variety and flavor in foods are important to the development countries. They exercise their freedom of choice when it comes to eating. In a poor country or in a poor family almost anywhere, the priority is filling the stomach, not having a variety of special taste in foods.

    Consumerism trains us to be fussy that we should only eat organic, low fat, additive-free products that contain little or no salt and sugar. When we travel, we have to lose some of these hang-ups and high expectations, otherwise we're not going to be able to make the most of our time away.


    There is not an exact single "national Brazilian cuisine", but there is an assortment of various regional traditions and typical dishes. This diversity is linked to the origins of the people inhabiting each area. For instance rice and beans is an extremely popular dish, considered basic at table.

    Pão de queijo (literally "cheese bread"), a typical Brazilian snack, is a small, soft roll made of manioc flour, eggs, milk, and minas cheese. It can be bought ready-made at a corner store or frozen and ready to bake in a supermarket and is gluten-free.

    Coxinha is a chicken croquette shaped like a chicken thigh.

    Kibe/Quibe: extremely popular, it corresponds to the Lebanese dish kibbeh and was brought to mainstream Brazilian culture by Syrian and Lebanese immigrants. It can be served baked, fried, or raw.

    Esfiha: another Middle Eastern dish, despite being a more recent addition to Brazilian cuisine they are nowadays easily found everywhere, specially in Northeastern, Southern and Southeastern regions. They are pies/cakes with fillings like beef, mutton, cheese curd, or seasoned vegetables.

    Pastéis are pastries with a wide variety of fillings. Similar to Spanish fried Empanadas but of Japanese origin (and brought to Brazil by the Japanese diaspora). Different shapes are used to tell apart the different flavours, the two most common shapes being half-moon (cheese) and square (meat). Size, flavour, and shape may vary greatly.

    Misto-quente is grilled ham and cheese sandwich.

    Açaí, cupuaçu, carambola, and many other tropical fruits are shipped from the Amazon Rainforest and consumed in smoothies or as fresh fruit. Other aspects of Amazonian cuisine are also gaining a following.

    Cheese: the dairy-producing state of Minas Gerais is known for such cheeses as Queijo Minas, a soft, mild-flavored fresh white cheese usually sold packaged in water; requeijão, a mildly salty, silky-textured, spreadable cheese sold in glass jars and eaten on bread; and Catupiry, a soft processed cheese sold in a distinctive round wooden box.

    Churrasco is the term for a barbecue (similar to the Argentine or Uruguayan asado) which originated in southern Brazil. It contains a variety of meats which may be cooked on a purpose-built "churrasqueira", a barbecue grill, often with supports for spits or skewers. Portable "churrasqueiras" are similar to those used to prepare the Argentine and Uruguayan asado, with a grill support, but many Brazilian "churrasqueiras" do not have grills, only the skewers above the embers. The meat may alternatively be cooked on large metal or wood skewers resting on a support or stuck into the ground and roasted with the embers of charcoal (wood may also be used, especially in the State of Rio Grande do Sul).

    Pizza is also extremely popular. It is usually made in a wood-fire oven with a thin, flexible crust, little or very little sauce, and a number of interesting toppings. In addition to the "traditional" Italian pizza toppings, items like guava cheese and Minas cheese, banana and cinnamon, poultry (either milled chicken meat or smoked turkey breast) and catupiry, and chocolate are available. Traditionally olive oil is poured over the pizza, but in some regions people enjoy ketchup, mustard and even mayonnaise on pizza.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Good wi-fi all day!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 468461366458

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