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Maceió is the capital and the largest city of the coastal state of Alagoas with a population of over 922,458 inhabitants. Located on the northeastern coast of Brazil, between Mundaú Lake and the Atlantic Ocean just south of Recife, Maceió is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. The name “maceió” is the Indian term for the natural spontaneously courses of water which flow out of the soil. Most maceiós flow to the sea, but some get trapped and form lakes. There are a lot of maceiós and lakes in this region; and because of this, the city was given the name Maceió.Maceio

The tropical climate in Maceió is warm to hot with relative humidity all year round (average: 26°C). These conditions are relieved by a lack of extreme temperatures and soothing winds blowing from the ocean. Summer extends from December through March, when temperatures are very hot. May through September is mildly warm but rainy.

The city’s history began with an old sugar mill and plantation complex around the 19th century. It was known for exporting sugar, then tobacco, coconut, leather, and some spices. Because of its economic prosperity, it became a village on December 5, 1815, and later the capital of the Alagoas Province on December 9, 1839. About 200 year ago, the Port of Jaraguá was developed, next to the margins of the Mundaú lagoon, to improve the commercial and economic development of Maceió, and this small village was soon changed into a city.

Today, the fabrication of ethanol and sugar from sugarcane growth is still a major industry in the region. However, over the last 30 years, the tourist industry has transformed the coastal areas of the city into vibrant points of entertainment for Brazilians and foreign tourists alike.
Maceió stands out for its 12-km of warm white sand beaches, the color of sea varying from emerald green to blue. Coconut trees, palm trees and marshes full of mangroves sprinkle this coast popular for its many natural pools. There are colorful reefs a few meters off the coast, that turn into swimming pools at low tide, maceio_acomercialperfect for snorkeling and diving. They can be accessed by boats or rafts sailing from the beach. Mundaú Lake is also another option for sailing and bathing in transparent water. Surfing, body boarding, wind-surfing, jet skis and kite surfing are also popular here. The best place to go surfing is at Frances beach. The beaches in town are often busy and have party-like atmosphere, while the remote beaches, just a little ways away, are quite relaxing and peaceful.Maceió does have a magnificent coastal ambiance but it also has a remarkable culture, reflected in its arts and crafts, cuisine and customs. Here, you can buy handmade hammocks, swimwear, jewelry and other items from the crafts people that make them. Intricate lacework is done here, so you can pick up great lace items for a reasonable price. The outdoor markets at Pajuçara Beach and Pontal da Barra are popular for local folk art.

The region offers its own unique cuisine, with a large seafood tradition as well as typical Brazilian dishes. Local dishes tend to be based on rice, beans, seafood, meat and salad. Most beach-side restaurants and bars offer a variety of different food, and many typical Maceió’s specialties. Tapioca, a pancake made of tapioca flour that can be filled with anything from ham and cheese to chocolate, is also on the menu. Seafood is prepared from local recipes, such as tapioca, acaraje, carne-de-sol, cuscuz de tapioca. A kind of mollusk, the sururu, is key ingredient of many typical dishes.

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There is also a fun nightlife with lots of clubs and bars where you can enjoy a night out of drinking, music and dancing. The area of Jatiuca has a good bar scene, and the Pajuçara section has some popular nightclubs.

The city offers all modern conveniences, including, parks for playing football, volleyball,and basketball; shopping; banks; cinemas at Maceió Shopping, Pátio Maceió and Farol Malls; concerts; plays at at the Deodoro Theatre and Gustavo Leite Theatre; and gambling houses with slot machines and bingo only.

There are also lots of sights to see around town, including colonial architecture; the birthplace of Brazil’s first president, historic slave site/settlement; Museum of the Historical and Geographical Institute of Alagoas, Pierre Chalita Museum, Théo Brandão Museum for folk art, Museum of Image and Music, Museum of sport, Museum of natural history UFAL. Historical buildings include the Cathedral of Our Lady of Pleasures, the Municipal Market, and the Floriano Peixoto Palace.

maceio_ Ponta VerdeMaceio’s culture is vibrant and unique. On the area’s amazing beaches, you can enjoy authentic Brazilian music, and learn a few dance steps along the way. It is an ideal tropical environment to relax and enjoy life.

Named in honor of Saint Paul, is the capital of the state of São Paulo and Brazil’s largest city with a city population of about 11 million. Its metropolitan region has almost 20 million inhabitants, which exerts strong regional influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment. It is the largest city in the western and southern hemisphere, and is ranked among the five-largest metropolitan areas on the planet.Obelisk-of-São-Paulo(5)

Located in Southeastern Brazil, approximately halfway between Curitiba (Capital of Paraná State) and Rio de Janeiro, the city is on a plateau within the Serra do Mar that has an average elevation of around 799 metres above sea level. The Pico do Jaraguá Mountain, at 1,135 metres, is the highest point in the city.

This metropolis, also known as “Sampa” or “Cidade da Garoa” (city of drizzle), has unreliable weather with abundant rainfall. Its monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate is fairly mild all year round (average: 20°C). The summer season that runs from November to March has temperatures between 63-82 °F and winters are between 52-73 °F.

On January 25, 1554, the Tibiriçá Chief and Jesuit missionaries Manuel da Nóbrega and José de Anchieta founded the village of São Paulo dos Campos de Piratininga just 68 kilometres inland from São Vicente. The clergymen established a mission at the Colégio de São Paulo de Piratininga, aimed at converting the Tupi–Guarani indigenous Brazilians to the Catholic faith, to make it easier for the Portuguese crown to rule them. São Paulo officially became a city in 1711.

After the abolition of slavery in 1888, waves of immigrants from Portugal, Italy, Spain and other European countries emigrated to São Paulo in order to “bleach the race,” as Luso-Brazilian authorities feared Brazil’s black population would grow far more than other groups. These Europeans were granted lands as incentives to immigrate.

Today, São Paulo is Brazil’s most cosmopolitan city with a colorful and vibrant mix of many different cultures, religions and people. Brazil has a reasonably low cost-of-living for most foreign visitors. It is a richly diverse city with much to explore, with many of its own idiosyncrasies, the exquisite way of living of its inhabitants. Plus, it showcases an excellent quality of world-class restaurants and diverse regional and international cuisine available to all tastes. Local dishes are based on rice, beans, meat and salad.

This immense city has several districts that feature many important monuments, architectures, museums, parks and beautiful gardens. Walk around and discover some of the hidden joys of the city within the Bixiga (Italian District), Liberdade (Japanese District), Sé and Vale do Anhangabaú, República, Bom Retiro and Luz neighborhoods.

Most tourist sights are concentrated around the historical center, where 17th-century churches stand in the shadows of skyscrapers. Here you can find the Latin American Memorial, Museu de Arte Moderna (MASP), Praça da Sé, the Ibirapuera Park, The baroque Teatro Municipal, Niemeyer’s Edifício Copan, the 16th-century Patio do Colégio, and the Paulista Avenue (São Paulo’s financial district).

São Paulo offers theatres, movie houses, shopping malls, entertainment areas, vibrant markets, a jovial nightlife and an intense cultural experience. Besides this there is also an incredible amount of nature around the city: like beaches an hour away, mountains, botanical gardens and national parks.

The city hosts many high profile events, like the Art Biennial, the Brazil Grand Prix Formula 1, São Paulo Fashion Week, and the Indy 300.

Fast Forward Centre: The center is located in the upscale neighborhood of Jardins, just blocks away from Paulista Avenue, and São Paulo’s financial center. Close by, you will find lots of restaurants, neighborhood bars and nightclubs, as well as parks. Museums, cinemas, shopping malls, and all kinds of transportation are accessible from the school.

The facilities has 6 comfortable classrooms, a recreation room with access to TV/DVD player, computers with free internet access, wireless connection and a snack area.

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, with over 5,750,000 inhabitants, on the South Atlantic coast. Famous for its breathtaking landscape, its laidback beach culture and its annual carnival, Rio de Janeiro is the country’s cultural capital and “emotional” capital.Cristo-Redentor

Its harbor is comprised of a unique entry from the ocean that makes it appear as the mouth of a river. Rio de Janeiro, was discovered on the 1st of January 1502 by Portuguese navigators who mistook the entrance of Guanabara Bay for the mouth of a river. The Portuguese crown established the city of Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. After 2 years of bloody conflict with the French, settlers began to cultivate the surrounding fertile lands. At the beginning of the 18th century the city’s importance and population increased immensely when it became the main shipping port for gold and diamonds that came from Minas Gerais.

In 1763 the colonial capital of Brazil was transferred from Salvador da Bahia to Rio de Janeiro. In 1808, as Napoleon’s armies began their invasion of Portugal, the decision was made to transfer the Portuguese monarch and his court to Rio de Janeiro, where he would remain until 1821. During this time Brazil was elevated in status from a colony to an United Kingdom with Portugal. With the advent of Independence, Rio became the capital of the new empire. The city prospered economically, and by 1891 it had a population of over 500,000 inhabitants ranking it one of the largest cities in the world at the time. As the city grew in prominence, mountains were removed, bay water reclaimed, and skyscrapers constructed.

With the inauguration of Brasilia in 1960, Rio de Janeiro ceased to be Brazil’s capital. As the former capital of Brazil, Rio has a remarkable architectural heritage, some of the country’s best museums and galleries, superb restaurants and a vibrant nightlife – in addition to its legendary beaches.

Rio de Janeiro has a majestic beauty, with built-up areas nestled between a magnificent bay and dazzling beaches on one side and an abruptly rising mountain range, covered by a luxuriant tropical forest, on the other. The mountainous areas includes Sugar Loaf mountain at 395 m (1,296 feet), Corcovado Peak at 704 m (2,310 feet), and the hills of Tijuca at 1,021 m (3,350 feet). This unique landscape makes Rio de Janeiro one of the most beautiful cities in the world, justifying its title of “Marvelous City” (Cidade Maravilhosa) and makes the harbor one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Rio’s cultural life is intense and varied. Perhaps at no time is the city’s festive reputation better displayed than during the annual carnival which enlivens the city for 3 solid days with music, singing, parties, balls, and street parades of brilliantly-costumed dancers performing the samba.

Economically, Rio is a service industry center, a key financial center, and the producer of food products, building materials, electrical equipment, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, beverages, and textiles. Yet its tourism industry continues to thrive. With its world famous beaches, such as, Copacabana and Ipanema, its splendid bay, one of the loveliest in the world, and its wonderful climate, a blend of summer and springtime, Rio de Janeiro is a city that lives in and for the sun.

BridgeBrazil Centre: located in the downtown area of Rio, close to public transportation and the Uruguaiana metro station and just a few blocks from the famous SAARA flea market with everything you could need at incredible prices.

Between classes, students can walk a few blocks over to the renowned Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, one of the liveliest cultural centers in Brazil, or to the Praça XV de Novembro and catch the ferry boat to Niterói where one can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Modern and comfortable facilities that provides students with everything they could need while studying in Rio de Janeiro. The centre occupies a floor in a 10-story building, and features 10 classrooms with TVs and DVD players, central heat and air-conditioning, and computers with free Internet and WiFi. There is also a wonderful café located in the building.

Salvador de Bahia is Brazil’s third largest city and the capital of the state of Bahia. Located on a peninsula on the northeast coast of Brazil that shields the large Bahía de Todos os Santos (“All Saints Bay”) from the Atlantic Ocean, it has a 100m cliff that divides the city in two: Cidade Alta up on the cliff, and Cidade Baixa down by the bay. The former features Pelourinho, the historical center packed with historical sites, colonial architecture, museums, restaurants, bars, hostels, artisanal shops, and music / dance / capoeira academies into a convenient, albeit tourist-swarmed, set of winding cobblestone streets. It is also protected by UNESCO as a “Cultural Heritage of Humankind”. salvador-capoeira22

The city preserved many of its Renaissance buildings, plus the traditional brightly colored houses, decorated with high-quality stucco-work. The latter features a commercial center with lots of bus traffic coming in from all over Salvador.

This city is considered the cradle of Brazilian culture because of its rich history and traditions. Founded in 1549 by Tomé de Sousa, who chose the city for its inaccessible perch 70m above sea level, it was the Portuguese capital in the New World from 1549 to 1763 and still contains many buildings and fortifications from the colonial period. Since the early days of the slave trade, its port has always played a key role in the local and regional economy – being the most important port and city in the South Atlantic for the first 300 years of its existence.

Salvador has a strong African heritage, more so than anywhere else in Brazil, due largely to its three and a half centuries of slavery which left a mark on the make up of its population, music, dance, folklore, its cuisine, plus, the deep influence of the African-derived religious traditions and customs. The city is known as “Black Rome”, the cradle of Candomblé and Umbada, a mixture of Catholicism and African religious cults and beliefs that attract millions of followers.

salvador-lacerdaSalvador was Brazil’s main slave port, and the survivors of the brutal journey from the Portuguese Gold Coast and Angola were immediately packed off to city construction gangs or the plantations of the Recôncavo; today, their descendants make up the bulk of the population. Salvador is the cradle of candomblé and umbanda, Afro-Brazilian religious cults that have millions of devotees across the country. The city has a marvelous local cuisine, much imitated in other parts of the country, based on traditional African ingredients like palm oil, seafood, peanuts and coconut milk. And Salvador has possibly the richest artistic tradition of any Brazilian city, rivaled only by Rio.

The legacy remains today a strong culture that in many ways outshines the rest of Brazil.

A disproportionate number of leading Brazilian artists, writers and poets were either born in or lived in Salvador. This includes, novelist Jorge Amado; poet Vinícius de Morães; musicians João Gilberto, Tom Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Dorival Caymmi, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethânia, and Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil and Carlinhos Brown. The city’s music is still as rich and innovative as ever, creating the majority of Brazil’s leading genres. They have created a rich artistic tradition as striking as the versatile and innovative music that bursts forth every year in a Carnival that many think is the best in Brazil.

Carnival is probably its biggest attraction, being the largest Carnival in the world. The festivities last for one week and consist of parades, live entertainment, music, dancers and vendors. It is extremely popular with both tourists and Brazilians.

Visiting a Salvador beach is a highlight for many tourists. One of the main central Salvador beaches is Porto de Barra. The beaches can get very crowded on weekends. Flamengo and Stella Maris, in the northeast region, are the most popular beaches among tourists and upper class locals. They have excellent tourist infrastructure and waters excellent for surfing. Jaguaribe, Piatã and Itapoã, have calmer waters, are mostly frequented by locals and are just as crowded on weekends.

Idioma Centre: The center is located on the southern most tip of the Salvador peninsula, in the very safe Barra neighborhood. The 9 classrooms is dispersed across the two floors of the building. Rooms are equipped with DVD, TV, and video. There is also a library and a lounge area for study with access to the computer and wireless internet. The facilities also have a cafeteria and garden in the back for relaxing.

The center is close to many tourist attractions, such as, the famous lighthouse Farol da Barra, the historic town center, Pelourinho, the famous island Itaparica, the Mercado Modelo, etc. Also nearby, there is a bit of nightlife, a variety of beaches, restaurants, hotels, stores, banks, a post office, and excellent public transportation.

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Our Portuguese programs feature high quality Portuguese language teaching, combining flexibility, competence and friendliness. Our programs aim to provide students with a full cultural and language experience. Teachers are friendly yet highly professional. Refresher courses are held regularly to bring staff up-to-date in techniques and materials.

The method places specific emphasis on language for communication. It can be described as structural/functional, the grammar and structures being taught and learned naturally, through practical usage.

Students are encouraged to use audio, video and library facilities in order to practice language skills.

Our Portuguese programs feature high quality Portuguese language teaching, combining flexibility, competence and friendliness. Our programs aim to provide students with a full cultural and language experience. Teachers are friendly yet highly professional. Refresher courses are held regularly to bring staff up-to-date in techniques and materials. The method places specific emphasis on language for communication. It can be described as structural/functional, the grammar and structures being taught and learned naturally, through practical usage.

Students are encouraged to use audio, video and library facilities in order to practice language skills.


LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

Portuguese Online (via Skype)

Individual lessons using distance learning (via Skype) for students with some previous knowledge of Portuguese. Lessons are split into 1.5 hour sessions:- 1 hour of interaction with the teacher and 30 minutes for practicing writing skills using a chat program (with the teacher).

This course runs in blocks of a minimum of 10 lessons (15 hrs). Each teaching hour lasts for 50 minutes.

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Portuguese Semi Standard

Group instructed 15 hours/week of Portuguese Language and Culture from Monday to Friday. It is recommended for students who wish to combine language learning with a real life experience of the Portuguese culture, thus, it allows enough time for students to get fully acquainted to the city and the Portuguese cultures surrounding it. Classes challenge students apply their knowledge of theory by means of various methods ranging from situation and role-playing activities to debates about current issues. Location: Rio de Janeiro.

Portuguese Standard

Group instructed 20 hours/week of Portuguese Language and Culture from Monday to Friday. It is recommended for students who wish to combine language learning with a real life experience of the Portuguese culture, thus, it allows enough time for students to get fully acquainted to the city and the Portuguese cultures surrounding it. Classes challenge students apply their knowledge of theory by means of various methods ranging from situation and role-playing activities to debates about current issues.

Location: Maceio, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador


Portuguese Standard Plus

Group instructed 20 hours/week + 5 hours/week of individual classes of Portuguese Language and Culture from Monday to Friday. Especially for highly motivated students who desire extra training or attention on specific subject areas.

Location: Maceio, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador


Portuguese Super Standard

Group instructed 20 hours/week + 10 hours/week of individual classes of Portuguese Language and Culture from Monday to Friday. Especially for highly motivated students who desire extra training or attention on specific subject areas. It is of similar nature to the classes described above.

Location: Maceio, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador


Portuguese Intensive

Group instructed 30 hours/week of Portuguese Language from Monday to Friday. Especially for highly motivated students who desire extra training or attention on specific subject areas. It is of similar nature to the classes described above.

Location: Maceio, São Paulo


Individual (One to One) Portuguese/Private Group

Individual are course followed by one person, while Private Group are course followed by two persons. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 50 hours/week. Tailor-made private classes for highly motivated persons who need to advance rapidly in a specific area of study but in little available time. You decide how many classes you want and what you wish to study. These courses aim at providing students with a further spoken and written language practice while exploring a specific field.

Themes:
- Banking
- Translation
- Law
- Interpreting
- Medicine
- Business Portuguese
- Insurance
- Computer Science
- Hotel Industry

These courses are programmed according to the students' specific requests including different professional and cultural themes if requested. Students are welcome to bring any kind of documentation they may need to work on.

Location: Maceio, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador

Combined Cities

This program attracts the voyagers in students. It allows for students to choose from the list of courses that we offer in our schools and distribute the learning experience among the different locations. By combining a course from among these different cities, one will learn Portuguese and have the opportunity to know the rich variety of Portuguese cultures at the same time. Plus, it makes for great city hopping.

Location: Maceio, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro


Group Programs

There are 2 ways that you can benefit from a Group travel experience:

For groups of 5 our more persons traveling together on the same package to the same destination, please contact our Group Department for a group discounted price quote at: group@nik-las.com

With a group of 5 or more persons, you may organize a program that fits your interests and trip desires. Contact our Group Department for more information.

Visa & Travel information for BRAZIL

The following information below is here to assist travelers in understanding their options as they travel to and through Brazil.

***Please note that prices listed page serves as an approximation and may vary from actual prices***
***Please confirm prices before your travel time. ***
***NIK|LAS is not responsible for changes of the prices or schedules***

 

AIRPORTS
São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), nicknamed as Cumbica International Airport, is Brazil’s busiest airport by passenger traffic, aircraft movements and cargo handling. Located in the district of Cumbica, in the city of Guarulhos in Greater São Paulo, it is located 25 km from Downtown São Paulo. As a hub for South America, Guarulhos handles 26 million passengers a year. It is the third busiest airport in Latin America. 3It is 35 min by car to the city.
Congonhas/São Paulo Airport (CGH) - is one of São Paulo’s three commercial airports, situated 8 kilometers from the center at Washington Luís Avenue, in Campo Belo district. It is owned by the City of São Paulo and managed by Infraero. It was the 2nd busiest airport in Brazil both in terms of aircraft operations and transported passengers, handling over 15 million passengers. Congonhas Airport handles solely domestic flights, only serving a handful of Brazilian air carriers, such as Gol Transportes Aéreos, OceanAir, Pantanal Linhas Aéreas and TAM Linhas Aéreas.Rio de Janeiro Airport (GIG) - is the main airport serving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Operated by Infraero, it is the largest airport site in Brazil. It is the 4th busiest airport in the country with 10 million passengers and the 2nd busiest airport in terms of international air traffic in the country. Some of its facilities are shared with the Galeão Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force. The airport is located just 20 km north of downtown Rio de Janeiro on Governador Island.
Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport (MCZ) located just outside Maceió has just a few international flights to Milan, Italy and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and mostly domestic flights from parts of Brazil like Rio and Sao Paolo. The major airlines in Brazil, such as, GOL, BRA and TAM, all fly to Maceio.
Salvador’s Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (SSA) - is 28km from the city center. It is one of Brazil’s main airports, having flights from all of the biggest Brazilian airlines, and receives flights from the main hubs of Europe, South America and the United States.
LOW PRICED AIRLINES
These airliners provide inexpensive flights between Brazilian cities and some other Latin American countries. It can help you mix your flight connection city or entry city into Brazil in order to locate a lower cost trip.

BUS / TRAIN

Brazil has a very good bus transport system. Long-distance buses in Brazil are a convenient, economical, and sometimes comfortable way to travel between regions. Bus terminals in cities are very important for transportation between cities.Brazilian bus stations, known as rodoviária or terminal rodoviário, tend to be located away from city centers, so it is best to take taxis to/from the station. Big cities like São Paulo and Rio have more than one bus station, each one covering certain cities around. Tickets can be purchased at the Rodoviárias, though, some bus company do offer internet ticket sales.
São Paulo
The Bus station Rodoviaria Tiete is the main bus terminal in São Paulo serving major national cities and some South American countries.There are many places in São Paulo that you can only reach to by bus. The buses here are plentiful and frequent, but such an immense city can be hard to navigate at times. The routing information on the front and sides of the buses works are useful references. Buses cost R$2.30, which is paid upon boarding. Bus drivers generally don’t stop for passengers unless they are flagged down.
Maceio
The system in Maceio is not very good. Buses are fine for some local trips. The current bus costs is R$2.10 for a single ride, and there are no transfers so you have to pay each time you board a bus. There are buses from the airport that runs to downtown Maceio.
Salvador
Salvador’s main bus station is located n the middle of the new city, just 14km from downtown. The city is accessible via scheduled buses from all around the Brazil and from Paraguay.There are also local buses that can take you to many places around the city of Salvador and the metropolitan area.
Brazil’s railway system was mostly wrecked during the military regimes, so train service is very limited.
There is the Trem da Morte which goes between Santa Cruz – Bolivia and Mato Grosso do Sul – Brazil. From Mato Grosso do Sul, there is a train or bus service that runs to São Paulo.
The Serra Verde Express from Curitiba to Paranagu is a scenic 150 km ride that links the capital of Paraná to the coastal cities of Morretes and Paranaguá, through the Serra do Mar mountains. Train departs daily at 08:15am. Duration: 3hrs Price: R$ 50 (round-trip) Approx.
There is also the steam train route between São João del Rei and Tiradentes. Trains depart Fri-Sun at 10:00am & 3:00pm from São João, and at 1:00pm & 5:00pm from Tiradentes. Duration: 35 mins Price: R$ 16 (round-trip) Approx.
From Belo Horizonte to Vitória. Trains depart daily at 7:30am from Belo Horizonte, and at 7:00am from Vitória. Duration: 12h35 Price: R$ 25 (Single) Approx.
From São Luis to Parauapebas – This train passes through the Amazon rainforest.

PICK-UP

Bus Station, Train Station, Airport

This optional service is offered at a cost for One-way from/to arrival or departure spot in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Maceio. A representative meets and takes the student to/from accommodation chosen. Please forward travel information at least 3 weeks in advance.

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Our Portuguese programs feature high quality Portuguese language teaching, combining flexibility, competence and friendliness. Our programs aim to provide students with a full cultural and language experience. Teachers are friendly yet highly professional. Refresher courses are held regularly to bring staff up-to-date in techniques and materials.

The method places specific emphasis on language for communication. It can be described as structural/functional, the grammar and structures being taught and learned naturally, through practical usage.

Students are encouraged to use audio, video and library facilities in order to practice language skills.

Our Portuguese programs feature high quality Portuguese language teaching, combining flexibility, competence and friendliness. Our programs aim to provide students with a full cultural and language experience. Teachers are friendly yet highly professional. Refresher courses are held regularly to bring staff up-to-date in techniques and materials. The method places specific emphasis on language for communication. It can be described as structural/functional, the grammar and structures being taught and learned naturally, through practical usage.

Students are encouraged to use audio, video and library facilities in order to practice language skills.


 

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VOLUNTEER IN BRAZIL PROGRAM

Within the broad range of educational opportunities at home and abroad work internships, provide one of the best ways to learn about the job you hope to have. A volunteer will acquaint you, in a practical way, with the career options in your field of study and offer first-hand opportunities to test your knowledge and examine your career plans.
The traditional view of education for both students and professional is under the microscope as Universities and companies world-wide look for the most effective ways to train people to work in today's global markets. The rational Higher Education program alone cannot fully prepare you fro what you will face on-the-job. International business skills and second language competency are now a necessity.

Whatever your area of study might be, through the NIK|LAS organization you may have the opportunity to gain real-life experience abroad. You will experience for yourself the very different Portuguese business protocols; learn to do business in a completely different culture, and gain fluency in both formal Portuguese as well as local and profession-specific jargon. These factors which may well mean the difference between business success and failure.

Become a Volunteer

Globalization has made information more accessible for all and has also stimulated the world consciousness about the need to assist nations. The Volunteer experience was designed to fulfill people's desire to "make a difference" in other people's life. The idea is to spread solidarity in an international scope.

Right now in Brazil, we have various different projects in several cities: Curitiba, Florianópolis, Sao Paulo, Salvador da Bahia and Rio de Janeiro.

Structure of the Program

The Volunteer Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: minimum 4 weeks of Standard Portuguese language (in Maceio, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador).

2nd: the volunteer placement, lasting 2 to 12 weeks (in Alagoas, Maceio, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, São Paulo, and Florianopolis).

I Part - Course

The length of the Portuguese-language portion will help you to quickly acquire the needed fluency. Written skills test are given to identify your starting level. You will work to achieve a functional intermediate level before the start of the volunteer placement. The minimum length for the Portuguese course is 4 weeks.

Language Skill exam fee: $150 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Location: Maceio, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador

II Part: The Volunteer Period

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VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENTS

Globalization has made information more accessible for all and has also stimulated the world consciousness about the need to assist nations. The Volunteer experience was designed to fulfill people's desire to "make a difference" in other people's life. The idea is to spread solidarity in an international scope.

Right now in Brazil, we have various different projects in several cities: Curitiba, Florianópolis, Sao Paulo, Salvador da Bahia and Rio de Janeiro.

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer

This non-profit Wildlife conservation organization encourages actions in behalf of nature preservation, in the best interests of quality of life for future generations, through the conservation of biodiversity, the rational use of natural resources and the preservation of endangered species.

Located just 30 km from Curitiba's downtown, the jaguar breeding ground is home to over 1000 species under permanent care and treatment, many of which are endangered.

Location: Curitiba - Paraná

Childcare House Volunteer

This organization was created to house children removed from the custody of their parents by the Brazilian Guardianship due to complaints of abuse and violence, as well as, children who are waiting to be returned to their biological family or adoption.

The house currently shelters children from the ages of 0 to 12 years-old. They try to fulfill all the children's needs, providing not only shelter, food and education but also assistance from doctors, psychologists and all those volunteers who are willing to donate love.

Location: Curitiba - Paraná

Environmental Conservation Volunteer

Here, you will have the opportunity to learn about conservation issues in Brazil while making a volunteer contribution. It is a good opportunity to experience the Brazilian Culture by being close to the community, at the same time you will enjoy the Rio's amazing lifestyle!

One of the most visited National Parks in Brazil with an ongoing society commitment to preserve a large green area in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The Park is a Tropical forest in the urban area, made up of several species of Atlantic Forest. It contributes, among other things, to maintain the temperature, supply water, and the exuberant and verdant mountainous silhouette that makes Rio de Janeiro wonderful.

The Park presents a diverse flora and fauna, natural beauties, such as waterfalls and caves, besides sheltering architectural buildings of great historical and artistic value, such as the Cristo Redentor.

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Youth Community Center Volunteer

This is a good opportunity to experience the Brazilian Culture by being close to the community, at the same time you will enjoy the Rio's amazing lifestyle!

This non-profit organization operates on the behalf of children and adolescents at social risk between the ages of 6 to 18 years-old. The association function with the help of cooperative arrangements with national and international, corporate donors and civil society. Its performance is focused on community oriented work and offers educational activities such as art, music, sports and recreation for youths of the nearby communities and neighborhoods. Youths in a situation of social vulnerability spend half of their day at the center, and the other half at school. Their participation in the program means that they can avoid the streets, and elements of drugs and violence.

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Children Family School Volunteer

This is a good opportunity to experience the Brazilian Culture by being close to the community, at the same time you will enjoy the Rio's amazing lifestyle!

This organization is a “Family School” which works to redeem comprehensive health, self-esteem and citizenship to high-risk families by promoting social inclusion.

Their goal is to go beyond treatment of patients, by supporting their parents to understand the disease and to participate and collaborate in their treatment. They provide psychosocial and educational support for children,

teenagers and their families to assure their health recovery after intensive treatment in the hospital. The objective is to avoid rehospitalization.

They believe that educating for health, for life and to create employment and income, they could in fact contribute for the social inclusion of those families.

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Children Outreach Volunteer

Located in the center of Florianópolis, this non-profit entity provides school support for kids ages 8 - 16 years who are facing difficulties in their studies as well as keeping them away from the streets. Kids are separated by age, as well as, morning and afternoons groups. Each group develops several activities during the week, such as: recreation, drawing, painting, writing, singing songs, playing games, reading, listening to stories, preparing play presentations, etc.

Location: Florianópolis, SC

Start Dates

Florianópolis: 14 Apr, 5 May, 2 Jun, 15 Sept, 6 Oct, 3 Nov

Rio de Janeiro: 6 Jan, 3 Feb, 3 Mar, 7 Apr, 5 May, 2 & 29 Jun, 3 Aug, 1 Sept, 6 Oct, 3 Nov

Curitiba: 6 Jan, 3 Feb, 3 Mar, 7 Apr, 5 May, 2 & 29 Jun, 3 Aug, 1 Sept, 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec

Compensation

Some NGO's may provide lodging and meals during the duration of your volunteer placement.

Services Include

  • 2 weeks or up to 20 weeks of Volunteer
  • Requesting and receiving information on all volunteer candidates, reviewing application, and drawing up a list of possible volunteer placements;
  • Conferring with the candidates via e-mail or telephone to confirm area of interest and counsel on volunteer experience options;
  • Approaching the sponsoring organization and achieving placements;
  • Maintaining contact with both the candidates and the sponsoring organizations to ensure that the volunteer run smoothly;
  • Intervening to resolve any difficulties or misunderstandings between the volunteer and the sponsors, to assure mutual satisfaction.

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé in Portuguese or English. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on the kind of experience he/she wants to have, what kind of volunteer the student prefers, and why.
  • Applicant has to send the documents by e-mail to: volunteer@nik-las.com
  • Deposit of $250 USD
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

Please, make sure your medical insurance covers you during your stay in Brazil; otherwise we can make arrangements for you to receive in this case.

EXCURSIONS

Various activities and excursions are offered during the year at the various locations. A monthly program of activities is available to the students including visits to museums, monuments, evening outings to live music concerts, bars, and Saturday half-day visits to points of interest. These activities are included in the course fee, and are subject to a minimum number of inscriptions. Also available are full-day Sunday excursions and typical dinners, at an extra cost, to be paid locally, also subject to a minimum number of inscriptions. Students are accompanied by monitors who turn all these activities into pleasant experiences of Brazilian culture. You may even decide to develop your own excursion plans to close by cities, or join one of our many excursions to places, such as,

From Maceio: football game, a local bar or restaurant, a local tourist sites, Marechal Deodoro, Praia do Gunga (in the Northeast), Brazilian Rhythms and Dances, Lagoon Tour, Museum Visits, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Maragogi, Porto de Galinhas, Foz de São Francisco, etc.

From Rio de Janeiro: São Paulo, Maceio, Christ the Redeemer Statue, Downtown Rio History Tour, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and Botanical Gardens.

From São Paulo: Rio de Janeiro, Maceio, Sao Paulo, Salvador de Bahia.


LODGING OPTIONS

NIK|LAS offers lodging options during your stay in Brazil while you are taking part in one of our courses. The school is reached either by foot or by public transport, never more than a 20 min. ride. Shopping facilities are a short distance away. Electricity, gas and water are included.

Single Room (SR) - Private room.

Double Room (DR) - Shared Room between two students traveling together.

Suggestions: Take extra care with your behavior; moderate noise to a low level at night; respect host family schedule and customs. In short, demonstrate self- responsibility.


Shared Apartments

Apartments are furnished in simple Brazilian style with a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, living room with television, iron and 1 or 2 bathrooms. There are no telephones available in apartments. These 2, 3, or 4 Bedroom apartments are shared with other international students and/or locals so students can cook their own food and manage food budget. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Room in an apartment shared with Brazilian people, with access to all communal areas of the house (kitchen, bathroom and living room) and, together, keep the place clean. Single or double rooms options.

Homestay/Host Family

Staying with a Brazilian Family is rewarding, in that, it encourages the natural use of every-day Portuguese. This helps to improve your language skills. Private home accommodation is an important part of most students' stay. Carefully selected homes will offer you much more than just accommodation and meals. Living in a Brazilian home will help students gain familiarity with the language. Your host may be a family or individual. Students are placed in individual bedrooms and will be the only native speaker of their language in the house. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries.

Location: Maceio, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador da Bahia, Belo Horizonte.

Photography

Study Photography against the colorful backdrop of São Paulo. All levels of instruction are available, from beginner to professional. This course offers 7 modules, for students ranging from budding shutterbugs to more advanced enthusiasts and professionals. The first 3 modules are comprised of 24 class hours each. The final 4 modules, 12 hours each, are geared toward more advanced students, and teach specific techniques.

Location: São Paulo

Rhythms and Dances

Experience the variety of cultural heritage in Brazil through dance classes of samba, forró, rítmos variados, and many more. Afternoon and evening classes, in groups or individually.
Location: São Paulo, Salvador

Capoeira

Classes in the Brazilian martial art/dance considered to be an essential part of cultural heritage. Local groups lead you to both playful and serious interactions with this beautiful tradition.

Location: São Paulo, Salvador

Brazilian Culinary

Learn how to make popular authentic Brazilian dishes. Instruction in preparation and history of typical Brazilian cuisine. With influences from Portugal, the Middle East, Africa and India, the heritage is deliciously varied and the associated festivities vividly enjoyed.

Location: São Paulo, Salvador

"Where foreigners make friends"

'Intercambios Connection' is a place where native speakers and foreigners meet to share language and culture in a friendly atmosphere. It is an effective and fun way to learn or better your knowledge of any foreign language, meanwhile making new friends with persons from different parts of the world.

This program connects you to locals at your travel destination, who wish to meet foreigners for language exchanges in social setting. It is an additional opportunity for you to practice the foreign language that you may be studying.

QUESTIONS

What is an Intercambio?

An intercambio is a language exchange for two or more people who speak different languages practicing each other's language. You get to practice their native language in exchange for language practice in your native language. It is also a good way to get properly introduced to your travel destination and the hidden gems they have - you may also learn about the DO NOTs of that destination. An Intercambio may serve as a vital source for information on things to do around the city.

How does it work?

The most typical form is that you are provided with 1 - 5 persons that are interested in language exchange. After signing up, you are given the contact information for a few interested locals, such as, email, name, etc. You may then contact them by email, telephone, Skype, Messenger, Facebook, or Whatsapp to get to know them before meeting. Some suggestions on where to meet: Coffee shops, Pubs, Restaurants, Beach, Museums, or other social activities.

In a few locations, the program is orchestrated as a weekly Meetup, at a local spot. Upon arrival, a session of 30 minutes or more is arranged with a person that speaks your chosen language. In that timeframe, you are expected to converse in your language as well as the language of your partner for the evening. The format is flexible, so you may talk as little as 30 minutes or as long as 2 hours if you wish to, and about any topic that comes to mind. You may break out in groups to discuss the designated theme or you may have different individual partners for each session, so you can meet others, and improve your ability to understand the language you wish to practice when speaking with different persons.

What will I gain from this experience?

After several encounters you will notice an improvement your conversational language skill. Plus, the experience also gives you the opportunity to meet and establish bonds with someone very familiar with your travel destination.

What language level is needed to participate?

Don't worry! Everyone who participated in the Intercambios Connection is there to learn. Studying a bit before attending each session will help a lot.

What languages are exchanged?

There are participants from across the globe, so you can find speakers of all every popular languages. You may practice French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, English, etc.

How long are each Intercambio session?

That would depend on yourself and your practicing partner. You may arrange for 30 minutes, or longer. Many times, a session may last up to 2 hours or more. Some may choose to meet for coffee, or visit a museum, or you may get invited to go to the beach, join an all-day excursion, visit an interesting site in a close by city, attend a barbeque, join your Intercambio and his/her friends for a night out, etc.

Location: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

APPLICATION:

How to Join? Send contact information, details of languages that you speak, and the one you wish to practice, along with your location. Send email to intercambios@nik-las.com

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to let us know.

INTERNSHIP & STUDY PROGRAMS

Within the broad range of educational opportunities at home and abroad work internships, provide one of the best ways to learn about the job you hope to have. An internship will acquaint you, in a practical way, with the career options in your field of study and offer first-hand opportunities to test your knowledge and examine your career plans.

The traditional view of business education for both students and professional is under the microscope as Universities and companies world-wide look for the most effective ways to train people to work in today's global markets. The rational Higher Education program alone cannot fully prepare you fro what you will face on-the-job. International business skills and second language competency are now a necessity.

Whatever your area of study might be, through the NIK|LAS organization you may have the opportunity to gain real-life experience abroad. You will experience for yourself the very different Portuguese business protocols, learn to do business in a completely different culture, and gain fluency in both formal Portuguese as well as local and profession-specific jargon. These factors which may well mean the difference between business success and failure.

The principle objectives of the combined language and internship program are twofold. (1) To promote acquisition of high-level Portuguese language skills and (2) to provide candidates with professional working experience in a full immersion Portuguese-speaking environment. Another feature of our program is highly important: to provide students the most realistic experience possible. All aspects of the program are real-life. Entrance requirements are high and each step is competitive with high-levels of performance expected.

Objectives of the Internship Program

The principle objectives of the combined language and internship program are twofold. (1) To promote acquisition of high-level Portuguese language skills and (2) to provide candidates with professional working experience in a full immersion Portuguese-speaking environment. Another feature of our program is highly important: to provide students the most realistic experience possible. All aspects of the program are real-life. Entrance requirements are high and each step is competitive with high-levels of performance expected.

Structure of the Program

The Internship Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: minimum 4 weeks of Standard Portuguese language (in Maceio, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador).

2nd: the internship placement, lasting 3 or up to 12 months (in Alagoas, Espírito Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, and the rest of Brazil).

I Part - Course

The length of the Portuguese-language portion will depend on your starting point and how quickly you can acquire the needed fluency. Written skills test and additional ones will be used to monitor your progress administered to judge readiness for the work period. In order to qualify for the internship placement you must have a high intermediate level of fluency. The minimum length for the Portuguese course is 4 weeks.
Language Skill exam fee: $150 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Location: Maceio, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador

II Part: The Internship Period

Professional practice internships are offered in private sector companies, governmental organizations, NGO's, schools, colleges, and universities. The work period will be from 3 months and up to 12 months. It may be possible to extend placement if both the employer/sponsor and the inter are in agreement and if there are no legal considerations that would discourage the extension. Placement is made and progress is monitored through our program office. The internship portion of the program may not combine different companies or different cities.

Placement Fee: $915 USD [1-3 mths] | $1035 USD [4-6 mths] | $1150 USD [7-12 mths]

Vitem V Visa Fee: $210


Location: Alagoas, Espírito Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro

- AVAILABLE PLACEMENTS IN UNIVERSITIES -

- AVAILABLE PLACEMENTS IN PRIVATE COMPANIES -

Company Assignment

The most important factor is language skills. The more limited the student's language abilities, the flexible s/he will have to be in terms of placements. We try very hard to match the students' educational background, professional experience, and professional plans, to the internship placement. We contact the student (by e-mail or in person) with one or more possibilities, and descriptions of those internships, and ask the student for comments and to rank the possibilities in order of preference. This helps us ensure appropriate placement. The interviews can take place during the time the student is studying Minimum required Portuguese level: intermediary - high

Compensation

Interns will receive a stipend to cover local, daily expenses. Some companies may also provide benefits to cover local

transportation or meals. Participants should not expect to gain a lot of money during the stay. The monthly minimum wage in Brazil is R$ 622,00. Stipend amounts vary from position to position.

Services Include

  • Portuguese Course (minimum 4 weeks): Standard
  • 3 Months or up to 12 Months of Internship
  • Requesting and receiving background information on all internship candidates providing guidelines for the preparation of the professional résumé in Portuguese, interviewing each candidate, and drawing up a list of possible internship placements;
  • Conferring with the candidates via e-mail or telephone to confirm area of interest and counsel on professional experience options;
  • Approaching the sponsoring institutions and achieving placements;
  • Maintaining contact with both the candidates and the sponsoring organizations to ensure that the internships run smoothly;
  • Intervening to resolve any difficulties or misunderstandings between the clients and the corporate sponsors, to assure mutual satisfaction.

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé in Portuguese or English. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on the kind of experience he/she wants to have, what he/she wants to learn, what kind of internship the student prefers, and why.
  • The student has to send the documents by e-mail to: intern@nik-las.com
  • Deposit of $250 USD
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

Please, make sure your medical insurance covers you during your stay in Brazil; otherwise we can make arrangements for you to receive in this case.

MEDICAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

MEDICAL INTENRSHIP BRAZIL

This is a rigorous 6-week specialized study abroad program specialized in one of the following topic:

(i) Plastic Surgery (São Paulo, BRAZIL)

(ii) Tropical Diseases (Maceió, BRAZIL)

The program includes seminars, language training, supervised research and field excursions that have been developed in conjunction with the local health ministry.

Structure of the Program

The program has two phases:

a. Portuguese language studies (Bahia do Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Maceio , São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro)

b. 2-weeks supervised hospital internship. (Maceio , São Paulo)

I Part - Course

The 4-week Portuguese language course is designed to help improve your effectiveness as a Portuguese Speaker, so you can be more efficient in your work post. With a higher level of Portuguese, you can gain much more from the experience. The Portuguese language class has a medical vocabulary emphasis on either Tropical Diseases or Plastic Surgery.

Language Skill exam fee: $150 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Location: Maceió, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro

II Part: Medical Internship Placement Period

This program provides participants with critical information for understanding the reality of Brazilian Medicine. It is geared towards medical or pre-med students

During placement; students see diseases being treated in the real life practice of medicine in Latin America, and the

reality of Brazilian medical care, by accompanying doctors to their clinics and hospitals.

The time spent in the placement will be purely for observation; students will not participate in any medical

procedures.

Tropical Disease Program

The material includes subjects such as:

• General medical vocabulary

• Doctor-Patient relationship

• Lectures on Tropical diseases (Dengue, Febre Amarela ("Yellow Fever"), Malaria)

• Human Body (in General, Head and Mouth, Intern Organs)

Practicum:

• students take part as student-observers

• opportunity to meet and interact with local university students doig rotation

Plastic Surgery Program
Theoretical Program Topics:

• Plastic Surgery global vision

• Medical Training in Brazil / Foreign Diploma Validation

• Wound healing / Flaps and grafts: principles

• Burns / Cutaneous tumors

• Plastic Surgery in Trauma Patients

• Specialties: Hand Surgery/Lower limb reconstruction

• Specialties: Craniofacial surgery/ Orbitopalpebral reconstruction

• Esthetic Surgery

Practicum:

• Patient rounds and surgery observation

• Visit to Plastic Surgery Clinic

Hospital internships are held at:

- the Hospital das Clinicas,

- Hospital Sirio Libanes

- the Plastic Surgery Clinic

- Hospital Universitário
Program Fee: $7060 USD

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé either in Portuguese or English. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay / Cover Letter (1 page): Detailing interest in the program.
  • Enrollment Form
  • Send the documents by e-mail to: intern@nik-las.com
  • Registration Deposit of $250 USD (Registration cannot be accepted without this payment)
  • Send documents at least 1-2 months before arrival date

TEACH BRAZIL

Teach your English to a Brazilian family or a group of people. Help them to improve their grammar and oral skills in exchange for room and board. Teach ONLY 15 hours weekly and enjoy the rest of your time exploring Brazilian cities and culture. Having the opportunity to tutor is itself a learning experience. Learn more about Brazil, the language, and discover new things about yourself!

Host families are carefully selected. Besides their deep desire to learn a new language, they are also very interested to learn more about a different culture and to share their habits too!

Become a Tutor

The teaching English experience is offered in many different cities and its surroundings.

Locations: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Blumenau, Caxias do Sul, Curitiba, Duque de Caxias, Florianópolis, Fraiburgo, Joinville, Londrina, Manaus, Niterói, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Vitória

Sample Student Experience

This 20-year old American participant had a "wonderful experience, thank you. I am really enjoying Brazilian culture and people. Although Cataguases is a little quiet for my taste, I am still having fun. I was in Rio for a few days last week when Tatiana had class in Sao Paulo. The teaching has been going okay; ...she has only received about 12~ days of classes since I have been here. I am confident she will learn a lot by the time I leave in July."

Click here to read more about of his experience!

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

This program was designed with the objective of placing foreign university students in Brazilian families who wish to improve their language skills.

The host families will provide room and board to the students who, in exchange, will give conversational lessons in their native language to all or any family member. Having the opportunity to tutor the members of a family is in itself a learning experience. The sessions may be a time for exchanging information about languages, customs, and cultures.

The tutor will spend up to 15 hours per week helping their host family to improve their English skills, who will accommodate the student for a period of 4 , 8 or 12 weeks.

Duration: 4-12 weeks

Why choose Teach English program in Brazil?

  • Tutoring a Brazilian family is a different way to experience the country, being close to the community

  • It is an opportunity to teach, learn, share and promote intercultural exchanges

  • Brazil is rich in culture, heritage, history and tradition, and continues to become more relevant in the global market

  • We have many years local expertise of Education and Cultural Programs

  • The program includes an extensive package including placement, counseling and support

  • This Brazilian experience offers a wide range of host families to suit the different needs of each tutor

  • Program Length and Start Dates 4, 8 or 12 weeks

  • Start dates vary according to availability of the host families and tutors preferred start.

Location and Organization

Choices for the locations and host families are primarily based on availability, student background and preference as stated at the time of booking. We have many years experience of placing overseas students. We feature years of expertise in Intercultural Education and therefore we are better able to match a tutor application to a family than a student or parent. It cannot be guaranteed that a tutor can be placed in a chosen location; however, we will always try to accommodate the preferences of the early applicants when making our selection.

If an prospective tutor has specific requirements, please consult with us before confirming acceptance of the booking: teach@nik-las.com

Services Included

  • Placement in a Brazilian host family

  • Airport pick up and transfer

  • Room and board provided by the host family (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Total assistance and full-time support during stay in Brazil provided by a local representative

  • Visa documents to be sent to you

  • Cultural Exchange

  • Language tutoring training

  • Counseling provided

  • Arrival Orientation upon arrival

NOT Included

  • Travel to and from Brazil

  • Internal flights and weekend trips

  • Visa fees

  • Travel Medical Insurance

  • Pocket money

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé in Portuguese or English. (Example Provided)

  • Application Form - Click here!

  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on relating who he/she is, and the kind of experience he/she wants to have.

  • Applicant has to send the documents by e-mail to: teach@nik-las.com

  • Deposit of $250 USD

  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

Please, make sure your medical insurance covers you during your stay in Brazil; otherwise we can make arrangements for you to receive in this case.

Enseñar Español en BRAZIL

El Instituto Federal localizado en el estado de Minas Gerais en Brasil está desarrollando un muy interesante programa de idiomas buscando hablantes de español, en los campos de estudio de Idiomas, Pedagogía y Filología. El proyecto abarca enseñar español a estudiantes Brasileños quienes actualmente están matriculados (o inscritos) en el Instituto. Es una excelente oportunidad para quienes están dispuestos a tener una experiencia practica en enseñanza!

Actividades

Las actividades incluyen planear el programa de Enseñanza de Lenguas Extranjeras, actividades docentes relacionadas con la enseñanza de lenguas extranjeras dentro del programa, hacer el seguimiento del progreso de los estudiantes en el aprendizaje de los procesos, proponer acciones para optimizar la participación de los estudiantes, corregir las actividades presentadas por los estudiantes, atender reuniones para planear y monitorear las actividades cada 15 días.

Sample Student Experience

This 20-year old American participant had a "wonderful experience, thank you. I am really enjoying Brazilian culture and people. Although Cataguases is a little quiet for my taste, I am still having fun. I was in Rio for a few days last week when Tatiana had class in Sao Paulo. The teaching has been going okay; ...she has only received about 12~ days of classes since I have been here. I am confident she will learn a lot by the time I leave in July."

Click here to read more about of his experience!

INFORMACION ADICIONAL

CAMPO: Idiomas / Pedagogia / Filologia (Español)

Nivel del Idioma: Español avanzado

Los candidatos interesados pueden enviar su curriculum, carta de motivacion y forma de aplicación. Si un futuro maestro tiene requerimientos especificos, por favor consulte con nosotros antes de confirmar la aceptacion de la reserve en: teach@nik-las.com

Compensación

R$ 536/mes + acomodacion + voucher para comida + transporte

Localización

Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais

SOLICITUD: Documentos requeridos

  • Curriculum en portugués, espanol o Ingles. (Ejemplo incluido)

  • Application Form - Click here!

  • Ensayo corto (1-2 páginas): el estudiante tiene que centrarse en el tipo de experiencia que desea tener, lo que quiere aprender, qué clase de experiencia prefiere y porqué..

  • El estudiante tiene que enviar los documentos por correo electrónico a: teach@nik-las.com

  • Depósito de $250 USD

  • Enviar los documentos al menos 3 meses antes de la fecha de llegada.

Por favor, asegúrese de que su seguro médico le cubre durante su estancia en Brasil, caso contrario podemos hacer acuerdo para que el estudiante suscriba un seguro.

NIK|LAS.com offer programs with schools that accept CSN, Lånekassen and Bildungsurlaub students. American university students may receive Academic Credits through our study-abroad experience.

In most cases, American colleges and universities are willing to approve study-abroad programs.

Academic Credits for Study-Abroad

Contact the Dean of the Foreign language department or Study Abroad office or International Office at your college/university prior to starting the program. Present your plan and ask exactly what is required in order to be assured that you will earn credits for your studies abroad. Take special note of the requirement, as you will have to follow them in order to obtain credits. Please inform us ahead of time and at your first of class about the requirements.

For American universities, one semester credit (3 points) usually corresponds to 40 hours of study.

University Students please do contact us at info@nik-las.com for further information.

BRAZIL: University credits for Study-Abroad

We are pleased to offer the option of earning recognized US college credits for Portuguese language studies at either locations in Brazil. We can grant credit directly to students enrolled in an accredited university, or they can go through one of our programs with University credits from Brookhaven College or the University of Alabama. students may earn up to 14 credit hours.

Credits will be issued as transfer credits by the partner university. Students must register for the credit program, and an additional fee is required. Credits can be granted for any of our beginner or intermediate-level programs of 20 weekly hours or more.

These are the list of Universities that have reviewed the Syllabus and provide credit for courses taken in Brazil.

- New Mexico State University
- University of Alabama
- Brookhaven College (Dallas, TX)

For all transfer of credits from either of these options, it is necessary to check with your own university concerning their relevant transfer policies. For more information, please contact us

FRANCE: University credits for Study-Abroad

These are the list of Universities that have reviewed the Syllabus and provide credit for courses taken in Montpellier, France.

- Cabrillo College (CA)
- Cap Code Community College (West Barnstable, MA)
- University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
- University of Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
- University of Maryland (Bethesda, MD)
- University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC

For all transfer of credits from either of these options, it is necessary to check with your own university concerning their relevant transfer policies. Contact us for more information.

ITALY: University credits for Study-Abroad

These are the list of Universities that have reviewed the Syllabus and provide credit for courses taken in Italy.

- Edgewood College (Madison, WI)

For all transfer of credits from either of these options, it is necessary to check with your own university concerning their relevant transfer policies. Contact us for more information.

PORTUGAL: University credits for Study-Abroad

Over the years, the Portuguese courses have been recognized by several US Universities, though we have a formal agreement with any university.

What we do is have students take our program syllabus to the language department or International office of their home University for evaluation and credit approval.

The program is usually approved through this method, and then we have the transcript forwarded to the student's home university at th completion of our course. Contact us for more information.

SPAIN: University credits for Study-Abroad

These are the list of Universities that have reviewed the Syllabus and provide credit for courses taken in Spain.

University of Alabama (Huntsville, AL)
- Brookhaven College (Dallas, TX)
- Borough of Manhattan Community College (New York, NY)
- Colorado Mountain College (CO)
- Florida Memorial University (Miami Gardens, FL)
- Lake Tahoe Community College (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
- University of Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL)
- University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)
- Vermont State College: Castleton College (Castleton, VT)

For all transfer of credits from either of these options, it is necessary to check with your own university concerning their relevant transfer policies. Contact us for more information.


CSN - Sweden

The majority of our language schools are recognized by the Swedish government for further education (CSN) - Swedish. These courses follow the requirements of the Swedish CSN, concerning the duration, amount of hours, and the evaluation of the acquired knowledge. Our services include filling out the subscription form for the CSN and sending it to you without any further delay. Special conditions - The course has to be of a minimum duration of 13 weeks - The course offers a minimum of 15 hours per week - You will have to sit an exam at the end of your course Courses accredited by the CSN are provided a discount of 10% of course and Shared Apartment lodging costs. Students please do contact us at info@nik-las.com for further information.

LåNEKASSEN NORWEGIAN SCHOLARSHIP

Lånekassen is the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund. It is given as a loan, but 40 percent of the loan can be converted to a grant upon passing the exam(s) / completion of education. Students from Norway with Norwegian citizenship are entitled to receive financial aid from Lånekassen for their language study abroad.

Qualifying language courses should be a minimum of 20 lesson per week for a minimum of 4 weeks at the local language centre.

Lånekassen language study courses always end with an obligatory oral and written language test which shows whether or not the student has achieved efficient competence in their language studies.

Students from Norway should apply directly to Lånekassen for financial aid.

Lånekassen Norwegian Scholarship
Lånekassen,
P.O. Box 195 Økern,
NO-0510 OSLO, Norway
Tel: +47 22 72 67 00
Fax: +47 22 64 26 36
http://www.lanekassen.no/Toppmeny/Languages/

Bildungsurlaub - Germany

The majority of our language schools offer courses that are recognized as « Bildungsurlaub » (further education for professionals) by several States in Germany.

This is a program in which German employees can take additional5-10 days of paid vacation in 2 years. Bildungsurlaub courses are recognized by the German government in 12 German federal states (Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein). Employees who live and work in these federal states can solicit Bildungsurlaub to participate in one of our courses related to their profession.

Each region has a list of recognized courses and among them are listed several language courses. The course must be at least 6 hours per day and 5 days per week. The recognition of a course in one region can be valid for other regions, as in the case of Hessen, a region which accepts the courses recognized by the Niedersachsen region.

If you have been working for longer than 6 months in a company which is located within a region that recognizes the Bildungsurlaub law, you should follow these steps to register:

i. Contact your employer: Inform your superiors of your intention to take vacation days under "Bildungsurlaub" at least 6 weeks before the start of the course, specifying the exact dates, duration and the type of course you wish to follow. You can choose between 5 or 10 days (as long as you haven’t followed a Bildungsurlaub course program the previous year).

ii. Registering with NIK|LAS.com: Register for the appropriate course, and inform us of your intention to solicit the Bildungsurlaub program.

iii. First confirmation: We will forward a Course Confirmation to show your company.

iv. Certificate: At the completion of the course you will receive a certificate with the dates of the course you attended, and if you present the Bildungsurlaub form it will be signed at the school.

German students please do contact us at info@nik-las.com for further information.

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