BRAZIL – Portuguese Course in Salvador da Bahia
Location: Salvador da Bahia
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Start dates: All year round
Price: from 2 weeks, 470 USD
SchoolThe Portuguese school is located only five minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Salvador da Bahia, in an area with many small shops, trendy bars and good restaurants. It is a 15-minute walk to the historical center of the city. Students take advantage of excellent service and modern equipment in the school including air-conditioned classrooms, audio-visual teaching, a fully-equipped kitchen for cooking lessons, a large dance room, an outside green area for relaxing, and free access to the internet. This helps students learn the Portuguese language more easily and efficiently. Connected to the Portuguese language program you can take a variety of other classes that will help you to learn the language. Among them are Capoeira, Samba and dance classes, scuba dive, cooking classes (including caipirinha, moqueca, feijoada, and others), surf and berimbau.
Furthermore, the school prepares you for the CELPE-Bras (Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese for Foreigners) which is the only officially recognized certificate for Brazilian Portuguese.
Studying a foreign language is a challenge for all of us. To make sure that your course meets your level of Portuguese knowledge, you will take a brief language placement test on your first day of class. Before you start classes, the school will also provide you with useful information about after-school activities, shopping opportunities in Salvador da Bahia, methods of transportation and so on.
The Portuguese classes in Salvador are focused on conversation, though there will also be an emphasis on writing (10%), reading (10%) and grammar (30%). Approximately 50% of class time is dedicated to speaking and understanding. Students also learn by listening to local music or by role-playing everyday situations. A variety of teaching methods make lessons fun, and effective in improving and intensifying language skills. Classes are held in Portuguese only, but all teachers speak at least English if not other languages like German or French.
The teaching curriculum contains an interactive, reality-based teaching strategy with lessons structured around everyday language usage. All courses start on Monday and end on Friday, with the exception of Brazilian holidays. One academic class lasts 50 minutes. The language school offers two different kinds of courses: group courses as well as individual classes.
Group Course: Group courses take place in a group of nine students maximum that have the same level of language skills (on average there are 4 to 6 students). Teachers are trained to meet your needs and the language requirements of every student. The group course consists of 20 hours per week, 4 hours per day.
Intensive Course: The Intensive course consists in the above described Group Course and 2 additional private lessons in the afternoon.
Private Course: This is an intense one-on-one class designed for anyone who needs to achieve fluency on a professional level within a short period of time, or who needs to prepare for any official language test. Students can develop and practice specific language skills typically required in the professional and business world, including handling telephone conversations, writing business letters, negotiating and holding meetings. The course is consists of 4 one-on-one classes per day, 20 classes per week.
Non-academic activities: In addition to formal lessons, the program is complimented by outside activities and excursions, presentations of videos and documentaries, field trips to parks, markets, museums, bike tours, group meetings at nearby bars, restaurants, and concerts. In Brazil you definitively have the chance to discover many interesting things of which you may not previously have known of. The language school offers cultural classes and different workshops in the afternoons. You can choose between Capoeira, Samba, Lambada or Axé dance workshops as well as learn how to prepare the national dishes Tutu or Feijoada, when participating in the Brazilian cooking class. There are also a number of additional programs like surfing, diving and mountain biking waiting for you.
AccommodationWe want you to feel as comfortable as possible in Salvador da Bahia! That’s why we offer a wide variety of accommodations and let you choose.
An excellent way of being around Brazilians almost all the time is living with one of the carefully selected host families. You will have your own private room and share common rooms with the family. Breakfast is always included and you may also choose to have dinner with your family. The host families live close enough to the language school so that you are be able to walk there. Host families allow the students to directly sample the Bahian way of life through daily contact with Brazilians.
If you prefer to spend more time with other students or travelers from around the world you are welcome to live in the school’s guesthouse. The guesthouse offers simple but nice accommodations near the historic center. You have your private room and share a bathroom with your mates. It is perfect for young people or backpackers who like to be close to the best nightlife in town. It takes you 20 to 30 minutes by bus to get to the school or to the beach.
Another accommodation option is the Simple Hotel. From there it only takes you five minutes to walk to the school and to the beach. You will have your private room and own bathroom, a refrigerator and a safe in your room. The Simple Hotel is located in an area known for its fantastic nightlife and is also very close to a shopping mall.
Breakfast is included in whichever accommodation you choose.
If you would like to learn Portuguese through a unique experience, volunteer work will give you an opportunity that lies beyond the ordinary traveler’s reach while getting to know other realities within Brazil! Anyone who wishes to gain personal experience while getting to know new cultures and people from different social backgrounds is kindly invited to volunteer. Over the years, students, professionals and retirees have all been able to obtain the confirmation of the uniquely enriching experience of volunteer work.
In addition to our Portuguese courses in Salvador da Bahia we provide volunteer work positions. You can combine your Portuguese course with half-day volunteer work or you can schedule the volunteer experience after the language course is completed.
While helping people in need, volunteering allows you to practice your Portuguese in real life situations and train your newly acquired skills.
In cooperation with different social institutions and non-profit organizations we offer various volunteer work projects in Salvador da Bahía. You will meet people in special situations who will be very thankful for your help, and will enjoy your company while learning about your home country.
This learning and cultural experience will be unforgettable.
| Intensive Course |
(20 + 10 hrs/week)
| Private Course|
| Additional week
|Additional service||in USD|
| Volunteer Placement*
to be paid on site
- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Free internet access at school
- Teaching material
- Evaluation test
- Refreshments, coffee and tea at school
- Activity calendar
- Language Certificate
- Quality Language Course
- Accommodation as booked
- Airport pick-up (if booked)
What’s not included:
- Medical Insurance
- Visa (if necesary)
Once the capital of Brazil and now the capital of the Bahia region, Salvador, the “land of happiness”, is the center of Afro-Brazilian culture. The city is known for its beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine, music, historic churches and Portuguese colonial architecture from the 16th century that has maintained the old charm of its streets and colorful houses. The Historic Center of Salvador was designated in 1985 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Nowadays, the African influence in northern Brazil, especially the Bahia region, makes it the center of Afro-Brazilian culture.
The city of Salvador da Bahia is located on a peninsula on the Atlantic coast. Salvador is a major port for exporting due to its location in a rich agricultural and industrial region. Besides the exportation of agricultural goods, tourism is a very important income source for the city. It is the second most popular tourist destination in Brazil. Its tourism infrastructure is very well prepared and Salvador receives millions of tourists every year. Especially during the carnival season in February, almost 2 million visitors flock to Salvador. According to the Guiness Book of Records the Carnival of Salvador da Bahia is the biggest party in the whole world.
Nightlife in Salvador da Bahia is mainly at Pelourinho, downtown in the old city. Walk around the streets like Rua das Laranjeiras, Rua Castro Rebelo and Cruzeiro de Sao Francisco and you will find many fancy bars, live music and excellent restaurants. Salvador has approximately 3 million inhabitants and the mixture of African and Portuguese culture really gives it an extra special flair.
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Country Information Brazil
|Brazil ranks as the largest country in South America and after looking at a map, the country’s grand size is clear. As the fifth largest country in the world, Brazil has more than 185 million inhabitants and remains the only country in South America to speak Portuguese as their official language. Brazil occupies a large area along the southeastern coast of the Atlantic Ocean, sharing borders with every country in South America except for Ecuador and Chile. The capital of Brazil is not Sao Paulo as many people think, but the relatively unknown city of Brasilia in the center of the country. The well-known city of Rio de Janeiro home of Copacabana, Ipanema beaches and the world famous carnival offer a consistent buzz of entertainment. The beautiful colonial Salvador da Bahia and the metropolis Sao Paulo, a city known especially for their sheer size and massive population of almost 20 million people living within the city, offer much diversity in cultural activity. The largest Brazilian metropolises are São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte with several million inhabitants; however, almost every well-known city in Brazil reaches an average populations of one million.
Within the vast amounts of Brazilian land, presents incredible geographical and climatic diversity nurturing the world’s longest river system, largest remaining rainforest and Amazonian Basin. If beaches are what you are looking for, look no further than the beautiful coasts and gorgeous sandy shores that run along the entire north to south coastline of Brazil. The further north you go, the more the country will seem like paradise!
Brazil's great territory comprises several ecosystems, and is recognized as having the greatest biological diversity and the richest wildlife in the world. Throughout this mostly tropical territory, scientists estimate that 4 million unknown and/or unclassified species of plants and animals remains in the wilderness of Brazil. Among these species are innumerable counts of snakes, reptiles, fish as well as plentiful varieties of astounding birds, monkeys, deer, wild cats, and other mammals ranging in all sizes.
When deciding travel dates to Brazil, the top consideration is not necessarily weather, but moreover the seasons of carnival. The world famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro is in February, which is the middle of the highest travel and hottest temperature season in Brazil. If the Amazon is your direction, take note that March collects the most rainfall out of the entire year. If your interests are that of temperate weather and a less touristy season, consider the more quiet (and quiet is relative for Brazil) months of May to September.
Finally, one affect of the slave trade in colonial times, which transported tens of thousands of Africans to South America, especially on the east coast, deeply influenced Brazilian culture. One result of such despairing times, which can be seen today are the influence of African culture, Caribbean rhythms and the traditional dance Capoiera.
The Brazilians are very hearty and easygoing people that will immediately impress you by their happy outlooks, dance parties and relaxed way of life!