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Volunteers' Stories




(1) Teaching Disadvantaged Children
(2) Care for Children in a Creche, in Brazil


I have been here coming up to 2 months. It is a fairly small city set out in blocks and is nearly always incredibly hot, hitting 42C on some days and never dropping below 20C even at night. However, in winter I have been told that temperatures drop to about 23C in the day and 15C at night.

There is always something to do here at night and nearly every type of taste in food is catered for.

The placement has incredible job satisfaction, unrivalled by that of teaching teenagers or older students, as a bond develops between us and the children. As many come from broken homes and/or are stricken by poverty, they look to us like father figures. For instance in a week we are taking them to the local zoo, somewhere where they may never be able to go.

Compared to the dreadful ‘sue culture’ coming about in England, it is refreshing to be able to see kids play properly, when they hurt themselves playing football, they pick themselves up and learn not to do it again. For me, working with children gives incredible job satisfaction. The coordinator is incredibly helpful and approachable.

At night for things to do, there is a cinema which shows films in English and 2 bowling alleys, about 4 night clubs playing both commercial and non-commercial dance through to Samba and rock music. There is also a multitude of bars to have a social drink at.

Can you describe a typical day?

My placement is at a children’s crèche for underprivileged children, about two minutes from the hotel. It is run by three nuns, but they do not teach the classes. The crèche has children aged from 3 to 6 year olds; they are split into groups and looked after by “Tias” literally meaning “auntie”.

Another volunteer and I teach 38 five year olds from 9am to 10am and 40 four year olds from 10am – 11am. Though these timings are not strict as we generally dictate how long the lessons last, and usually end up spend time playing afterwards.

We then teach the 6 year olds in the afternoon 2.30 – 4-30, they are split into two groups of 16, and we have a coffee break in between each class.

All the children call us “Tio”, or “uncle” in English.

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CARE FOR CHILDREN in Creches in Brazil