EU nationals are permitted to enter and reside in Brazil without a permit for up to 90 days but must show proof of a return ticket. Tourists are not allowed to work, but Visas are available for various types of work. Voluntary work and temporary work Visas should be applied for if necessary, from the Brazilian Embassy. As is the case with most South American countries, it is generally very difficult to find work in Brazil because Brazilian nationals are eager for employment and so even the lowest paying positions are often taken up. Most opportunities for working experiences will be found in either teaching English or volunteering.
Private language institutions, schools, and general places of work are likely to be the most popular places to find work teaching English. The TEFL qualification can put you in good standing in case positions should be competitive, but generally English language teachers are highly sought after because of the increasing importance given to learning the language. See the Traveller’s Worldwide website, below, for vacancies in teaching English in Foz do Iguazu. Teachers with Traveller’s Worldwide are not required to have any teaching qualifications. Accommodation, usually in a hostel, is provided.
There are a great many opportunities to volunteer throughout Brazil, from conservational projects to work with underprivileged and impoverished families. Many of the volunteer agencies mentioned below organise similar schemes and projects across a wide range of countries, including other South American nations, but they often require your own funding, which can amount to more than �3000 so it is wise to plan well in advance for such programmes.
AFS International Youth Development
Depending on your age, AFS offers places on either its Schools Programme (for 15 to 18 year olds) for ten months, or the International Volunteer Programme (for 18 to 29 year olds) for six months. In both cases volunteers are accommodated by host families. The Schools Programme is more focused on students experiencing life in Brazil, whereas the International Volunteer Programme involves participation in a social project. Again, volunteers are required to raise their own money to fund their trip and costs can total �3000 or more.
The focus of work with Latin Link is Christian missionary projects within church communities in South American countries. Examples of projects include work in community centres, orphanages, shelters, and in schools. Depending on the nature of the project volunteering can last for up to six months, or more in some cases. Volunteers are required to fund their own travel, insurance, living costs, donations etc. which can amount to more than �1500.
Oasis is a volunteer organisation arranging projects for Christians aged between 18 and 30. They run two schemes: the Frontline Teams Abroad programme lasts for up to nine months, and the Frontline Global Links programme lasts for six weeks. Work in Brazil consists of helping young people in poor urban areas with spiritual, physical, and emotional issues. Volunteers are expected to fund their own travel, insurance, living costs etc. which can amount up to �3000, so it is best to plan ahead in terms of finances.
Social care work, environmental projects, and English language helpers are all needed for the Project Trust’s twelve month programmes. Volunteers must be aged between 17 and 19 and a half years old and are expected to raise �3850 themselves to fund their project, this includes all expenses for living costs, travel, donations etc. There are currently volunteer opportunities in Blumenau, Arax�, and Ribierao Preto. Work consists of assisting teaching in the colleges and schools, for more information visit their website, below.
TEFL are one of the leading organisations for teaching English abroad
Travellers Worldwide have information about English language teaching in Brazil
AFS UK is a non-profit making organisation that aims to further inter-cultural learning
Latin Link is a christian charity which does missionary work in Brazil
Oasistrust.org provides information about Oasis’ Oasis Brazil programmes.
Project Trust organise gap years in Brazil as well as other countries around the world.