Teach English in Brazil and live like a local for 1 to 2 months when you tutor English to a family in Brazil. Don't worry if you've never done this before! Your new host family is more interested in learning conversational English than they are grammar. Teach English in Brazil actually becomes Speak English in Brazil! You will have so much fun living in Brazil by simply speaking English the way you normally do at home. In addition, you also have a unique opportunity to learn or improve your Portuguese! In a matter of hours you're walking around your new community like a true Brazilian. It won't take long for the locals to start recognizing you and for you to consider your host community your new home. It's real and authentic. Get to know the locals. Wake up each day and feel a connection. Most of all, make a difference in your host community and host family.
$1,449 covers the 1 or 2 months stay.
$1,549 no matter the length of your stay.
The fee you pay to tutor in Brazil goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit company, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of placing you on the program in a safe host family and neighborhood. The fee helps our non-profit to provide your accommodation, meals, insurance, pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. We update our tutor materials and tutoring aids constantly and provide a real ESL Teacher who is here via email to give you personalized assistance if you feel you need ideas. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return ... and beyond, through our active Alumni Community. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.
Host families contact us because they want to provide room and board to a native English speaker who will help them with their conversational English. When there are children in the family, mostly they need help with their English homework, but many times the adults want to join in as well.
Families are screened. They have to show a need and a desire to host an English tutor. And they have to pass a background check, an interview by staff in Brazil and agree to a home inspection and provide photos of the home (inside and out). Tutors are promised their own private room but there are times a bathroom might be shared. Families provide meals except when the tutor is traveling.
Not only do we provide our own book, A Tutor's Guide--Teaching English to Families and Children (this is included in our mobile app), you receive FREE teaching materials through our mobile app. We employ a full time ESL Teacher, right here on staff. Betsy is here for you before you depart and while you're abroad. Email Help Me Teach (or chat with Betsy with our mobile app). She will answer your questions and provide detailed and personalized ideas to help you be successful.
For the most authentic experience living each day in Brazil, you cannot choose your exact location. What you can do is tell us the area where you'd like to be and whether or not you'd like a large city, a small town or rural placement. And we'll try our best. Remember ... the host families choose us when they need a live-in tutor and so timing is everything. There are many locations that you may not have considered prior to applying that are fantastic places in Brazil. (We can tell you about many tutors that have loved their locations!)
Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You'll have all the details you want before you ever leave home. GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. There needs to be a "connection" between you and your host family.
After you arrive if you begin having issues with your host family, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we've done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.
Unfortunately, host families needing a tutor generally have the room for one extra person in the home. So we are unable to provide a homestay for anyone except the tutor. If you want to apply with someone else, they would be placed with another family. We would try hard to find a host family so you would be close to one another, but we could not guarantee that. If you're set on traveling with someone, take a look at our other program types, because we do have those kinds of placements. Give us a call and ask.
Flexible. Actual arrival date is coordinated between you and your host family. Positions available year round. We do not have set departure dates for this program.
A formal orientation is not given. If there is a local coordinator in your area, you will be able to have an orientation by that person. Otherwise, you can call our office in Brazil for orientation and for assistance locally.
If available near your placement, assistance is provided in identifying language lessons. The cost of language classes is not included in your program fee. But don't forget that this is a total immersion program. You will improve your Portuguese dramatically by living with a host family.
You must be a native English speaker.
18+. And yes, we can place "mature" travelers.
Belo Horizonte area mainly. Based on host family locations.
Your continued good health and safety during your time abroad is of critical importance to GeoVisions, and to the success of the program.
With the new healthcare and insurance laws in the United States, GeoVisions cannot legally provide travel, health and accident insurance on our group plan for any participant who resides outside the US. If that is you, we hope you will still participate with us. We struggle to understand these insurance laws in our country every day.
For US Citizens, GeoVisions has arranged accident and health insurance services through STA Travel. You will be sent details of the plan appropriate to you before departure. Please read the information about the plan carefully.
If you reside outside the US, please find out if your current health insurance plan covers you when you travel. If it does not, you will need to purchase an insurance plan separately. Then, simply send us a scan or photo of your insurance card. It’s that simple. And for the record, we don't understand or agree with these laws either. We will provide you a list of organizations in your country to obtain low-cost travel and accident insurance.
GeoVisions takes your health very seriously. We have specially trained staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7-days a week to assist you wherever you are.
Depending on your host family, meet and greet at the airport is sometimes included. You will want to work this out in advance with your host family.
3 meals per day are included when you are with your host family. When you are traveling on your own, you will need to provide your own meals.