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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. 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. Time flies by very quickly here, and those that stay longer are often able to build much stronger relationship with the children, the community and the NGO.
Before Lessons Begin
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. 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. 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.
Once lessons begin
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. Praia concha is the best, calmest swimming beach in Itacare, as all of the other ocean beaches usually have big waves and are better suited for surfing. 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.
HOW TO APPLY
Please apply through our website by clicking the the big "Apply Now" button and filling out a short application.