After-School Volunteer

Who we are looking for

As an after-school volunteer, you will be teaching our at-risk-kids the social and life skills they need to have a brighter future.

This is an important role where you will co-create and discuss lesson plans with our other dedicated after-school volunteers. As well as helping the kids with their homework, you will work to develop their Portuguese, English, and Maths skills. You will encourage their creativity through art, drama, and dance, and have fun playing games and sports with them. Lastly, you will help them to enjoy Rio’s many attractions by taking them out on exciting trips!

Volunteering in this precarious setting is a great way to both give to the children and enjoy yourself while doing it! You will truly make a difference and have a profound impact on our kids!

Two boys on EduMais's after-school program on the beach with a speech bubble calling for volunteers to join them
EduMais after-school volunteer Ed lifts student Renee into the air on a wooden stick

What we offer you

Volunteering on EduMais’s after-school program gives you the opportunity to:

  • Volunteer for free in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most exciting, fun, and beautiful cities in the world!
  • Make a difference in the lives of at-risk children and teenagers in Rio’s favelas
  • Get to know favela the communities beneath the media headlines
  • Be trained in Positive Discipline by the EduMais founder Diana Nijboer (Certified Positive Discipline Classroom and Parents Educator)
  • Learn new and develop existing teaching skills, knowledge, and experience
  • Enhance your CV and future career prospects
  • Make new friends and become a lifelong member of the EduMais family
  • Receive special conditions from one of our sponsors, Books Hostel in Lapa. We can also help you with finding a more long-term place to stay
  • Get as much love and learning back from the kids as you give to them!
  • Receive a recommendation letter, on successful completion of your volunteer contract!


  • Co-create and facilitate lesson plans based on our students’ needs
  • Help the kids with their homework and teach them new ways of thinking and creating
  • Co-create a loving and safe environment for our at-risk kids
  • Research, discuss and facilitate the implementation of Positive Discipline
  • Plan and organise trips to local places of interest
  • Tidy and clean the premises every day
  • Hold meetings with parents
  • Share EduMais’s mission and fundraising campaigns on social media/within your network
EduMais volunteer teachers Hannah and Matylda show students how to do yoga on EduMais's after-school program
Looking up at 3 boys on EduMais's After-School Program at Leme fort who points towards the camera with Brazil flag and blue sky


  • Intermediate level of Portuguese (essential)
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Pedagogical or Social Worker Background
  • Knowledge within areas like Art, Dance, Drama, Sport, Yoga etc.

Time commitment

  • 4 to 5 hours per week
  • 8 to 10 hours per week
  • 12 to 15 hours per week
  • 16 to 20 hours per week

Days of the week

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 13h00 – 17h00
  • It is possible to volunteer anywhere from just one to all four days


  • Minimum 3 months, preferably longer
  • Start dates: flexible but preferably February

Volunteer on our after-school program in Rio de Janeiro!

Do you love working with children? Are you passionate about improving the lives of disadvantaged kids in the favelas? Apply to join the EduMais family as an after-school volunteer! Within your application, please include your CV and a letter of motivation.

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