Teaching English at EduMais

Who we are looking for

We are always looking for you: a committed and motivated volunteer English teacher! Someone passionate about using their skills to improve the lives of underprivileged young people!

As well as the expectations we have of all volunteers, we strongly prefer our English teachers to be native or truly bilingual speakers. A TEFL certificate or other relevant teaching qualification is also a big plus.

Above all, however, it is vital that you are patient, reliable, flexible, loving and kind. Our kids deserve nothing less!

Volunteering advert with EduMais student pointing and calling for volunteers to teach her English
Volunteer English teacher Ed helps smiling EduMais girls with their English in the classroom

What we offer you

Volunteering as an English teacher with EduMais 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 the favela 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!


  • Classroom management
  • Planning, preparing and delivering lessons to a range of age groups on our main English program
  • Preparing and setting tests and exercises
  • Devising, writing and producing new materials, including audio and visual resources
  • Giving weekly feedback on how lessons went to help us improve in the future
  • Sharing EduMais’s mission and fundraising events on social media/within your network
EduMais volunteer English teacher Sally makes the classroom rules with two EduMais students, one making a peace sign
EduMais volunteer English teacher Demi helps out a student with her work in the classroom


  • Native, bilingual or professional working proficiency in English
  • TEFL, TESOL, or other recognised ESL certificate (preferable)
  • Intermediate level of Portuguese (preferable)
  • A degree in a relevant discipline, such as Linguistics, Literature or Education (preferable)
  • Teaching experience, especially with disadvantaged children (preferable)


Short-term volunteer

  • 3 months

Medium-term volunteer

  • 6 months

Long-term volunteer

  • > 10 months

Start Dates

  • Flexible but preferably February/July

Time commitment

  • 5 hours per week
  • 10 hours per week
  • 15 hours per week
  • >20 hours per week


Days of the week

EduMais girl students surround their teacher Daan and get him to point at the answer on a card

Teach English with us in Rio de Janeiro!

Is teaching English in Brazil your goal? Do you want to improve the lives of disadvantaged kids in the favelas? Apply to join the EduMais family! Within your application, please include your CV and a letter of motivation.