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Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Favella Schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


I feel that I have learned to work in a very different type of environment to that which I am used to. I have had to overcome the language barrier (well sort of!). I have had to adapt to a different way of teaching sports. Perhaps the most important experience is meeting so many new - and very different - people.

The best part of the placement I chose was meeting new people. I often talk to people that come back from vacation saying that the people there were really friendly. However I feel like I have lived here and so have had the chance to meet the real people and they are still friendly even after 2 months. Even when I was not working, just going to the school to meet the children, teachers and the parents was amazing.

Without a doubt I would recommend this placement to anyone if they are willing to come with an open mind and are prepared to try and adapt to a different culture. I loved it. If they turn up with certain expectations and find that the reality is very different then they may be disappointed.

They also have to be prepared to adapt and the change the way that they would normally act/think. There was nothing that Travelers didn’t tell me other than they need to be prepared for the hectic school days and that plans can chop and change at a moment’s notice - but that is all part of the fun.

Can you describe a typical day?

There wasn't really a typical day but that’s why I liked it so much. I would always start at about 9.30, which normally meant leaving the hotel at 8.15. More often than not I would help the P.E teachers with running their classes. However I have taken English classes, helped with the younger children, worked in the office and also done various other tasks around the school.

Lunch is normally sometime between 11.30am and 1pm and is eaten in one of three places depending on the day (in the teachers staff room, a classroom or in the cafeteria). Normally I would finish around 3pm. 

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