Caminhos Language Centre is the largest and most exciting Portuguese School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We have an excellent infrastructure – our building has 10 classrooms, a lounge, a kitchen, computer area and free WiFi. Our Caminhos team consists of more than 15 experienced Brazilian teachers and a friendly multilingual support staff. We are the only school in Brazil able to offer Portuguese group courses throughout the year on 9 levels (beginners to advanced and Spanish/Italian speakers). Since we opened in 2009, we continuously evaluate and develop our curriculum and services and have become the leading Portuguese school in Brazil following these principles: “Learn Portuguese and experience Brazilian culture whilst supporting a good cause”. We keep our original vibe by continuing to create unique events like Caipi-Sexta, Shitty Tour and Caminhos in Action.
Our school offers you more than Portuguese lessons for foreigners. We offer you the complete Rio de Janeiro experience. Every day we organize 100% free and fun activities for you to socialise and practise your Portuguese. Activities include beach volleyball, samba classes, football matches, hikes and sightseeing tours. At Caminhos you can learn Portuguese in Rio while having the time of your life!
At Caminhos, you can choose between Portuguese group courses and private classes. We have a minimum of 8 Portuguese group courses at 4 levels running every weekday throughout the year. Intensive Portuguese courses run from Monday to Friday for 4 hours per day . In addition to Intensive courses it is possible to take Caminhos Talk. Caminhos Talk is a complementary Portuguese course designed to improve your conversation skills. For Spanish and Italian speakers we offer a Latin Group course. This beginner course runs for one week instead of four weeks.
Private classes are tailored to suit your needs, enabling you to study Portuguese at your own pace. You decide when, where and how classes are taken. We have several private class options, including: regular private classes; Celpe-Bras preparation and Portuguese Immersion programme.
Learn Brazilian Portuguese four blocks from the famous Ipanema Beach. You can come to school wearing your shorts and flip flops! Ipanema is famous for its bustling social scene, great restaurants, cafés and shops. Ipanema’s metro station, is five minutes walk from the language school. At the school we offer free Wi-Fi, coffee and filtered water. Many students head to the beach straight after class. Our free beach volleyball on Mondays is very popular.
Caminhos offers you a wide variety of accommodation options in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We want to ensure you a safe and comfortable stay in Rio de Janeiro. We can recommend you our “homestay“ option. Homestay allows you to experience Brazilian life and culture with locals while practising your Portuguese with your host family.
Caminhos Language Centre is the most fun and exciting language school to study Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
We offer a wide range of Brazilian Portuguese courses, such as: group, conversational, private and Celpe-Bras preparation classes.
Caminhos can also help you to obtain a Brazilian student visa and homestay accommodation in Rio de Janeiro.
Every day we have free after-class activities so you can practice your Portuguese whilst having fun and making friends. Our activities include beach volleyball, capoeira lessons, samba classes, hikes in the mountains, city tours and much more.
Your tuition fee will also help underprivileged children in Brazil. We have our own social programme called Mais Caminhos which receives children and from the nearby communities (favelas) for educational, cultural and recreational activities.
CAMINHOS’ COURSES LEVELS
Mais Caminhos Social Programme
Part of your fee helps empowering children and young adults from communities of Rio de Janeiro. Mais Caminhos is our own social project, which helps motivated underprivileged Brazilian kids make their dreams come true. Learn more about Mais Caminhos and volunteer with us.
Lucienne Bregman, The Netherlands
“My classes with Karen (my teacher) have surprised me in a great way and I have learned so much more than I expected. She teaches us grammar and vocabulary in a way which is never boring. You wouldn’t even notice that you are learning verbs. Karen speaks Portuguese very slow and clearly, so even though the classes are completely in Portuguese, it is still possible to understand everything. After four weeks I am already able to have a conversation and speak about all different kinds of topics within the group. I loved being in group A and Karen really inspired me to take my Portuguese to a next level. Thank you for a great experience Caminhos!”
Troy McPeak, USA
“I am having an awesome time here at Caminhos. The teachers and staff are all very helpful and there is always something to do in the afternoon and evening with all of the after-school activities. They also have some amazing programmes outside of the school like Mais Caminhos (social projects), which helps to educate local Brazilian children and teenagers. Caminhos is more than just a language school, it is a community and a school with a heart!”
Stewart Fanning, Australia
“The school is fantastic. The course is very hands-on in theory and practical, and the teachers are very helpful and knowledgeable. The class environment is so much fun. Even when you have stressful moments it’s hard not to smile and have fun!”
Fabrice Duhalde, France
“This school is amazing – it’s in a really good location in Ipanema with amazing staff and teachers. The school holds events like ‘Caipi-Sexta’ – a fun party outside the school – and has a great social vibe with all of the free activities during the week. The classes are structured and the teachers are really good. I really love the ambiance of the school – everyone hangs around in the student lounge socialising and you can meet a lot of people from different countries!
Yaron Funis, Israel
“I joined the Group A course because I really wanted to learn Portuguese. I didn’t imagine it to be so much fun! Caminhos Language Centre has a great atmosphere. My class is small and my teacher is great. My teacher is native Brazilian and it’s easier to learn the correct Brazilian Portuguese – in addition to some slang words and phrases! I love the location in Rio – it’s close to everything and I usually go to the beach after class.”
Zeno Robbiani, Switzerland
“The course is full of debates and discussions which I like because it allows me to practise my grammar and vocabulary. My teacher is very friendly and teaches us a lot about Brazilian culture. The atmosphere is very relaxed and all students are encouraged to communicate in class to give their opinions on different topics we are debating.”
Viktoryia Vinnikava, Belarus
“I am very happy to be part of the Caminhos family! It’s been almost two weeks since I joined Portuguese classes and I’m really enjoying them. My teacher Jocilene is engaging us in conversation and sharing very interesting and useful information about places, events and habits of Cariocas. I really enjoy the learning process and I hope my new knowledge will help me to converse with my local friends. What is great here is that the school has a lot of free activities which I enjoy too: samba no pé, capoeira, walking tours around this Cidade Maravilhosa. I absolutely love it!”
Lauren Quinn, USA
“The course taught very practical information for day-to-day living. The teachers are very well trained and make the learning environment fun and relatable. The hours pass quickly and you soon realise that you are speaking fluent Portuguese. I have taken other intensive language courses but have never felt like it was taught in such a natural way. I look forward to coming to class every day even if I have been out samba dancing all evening!”
Alexandre Labat, France
“I first came here to learn Portuguese, then I found out that this school had so much more to offer! This school is like a big family where everyone is accepted no matter what level of Portuguese they have. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who wants to learn Portuguese in Rio.”
Winter Program 2019 – a sparkling in life
by Guest Author on August 21, 2019 at 3:05 pm
Read more about Bianca Peixoto's experience volunteering with Mais Caminhos in 2019. Continue reading Winter Program 2019 – a sparkling in life at Caminhos Blog 🇧🇷.
Hidden Gems in Rio de Janeiro
by Guest Author on August 19, 2019 at 2:52 pm
Check the cool stories and photos Cyrus shared with Caminhos about his experience in Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading Hidden Gems in Rio de Janeiro at Caminhos Blog 🇧🇷.
The word ‘mesmo’ – usage and meanings in Portuguese | Lesson 16
by Amanda Ennes on August 14, 2019 at 2:50 pm
The word 'mesmo' has several meanings in Portuguese. Let's look at some examples and study each concept of the word. Continue reading The word ‘mesmo’ – usage and meanings in Portuguese | Lesson 16 at Caminhos Blog 🇧🇷.
How to rent and use a bike-share system in Rio de Janeiro
by Amanda Ennes on August 5, 2019 at 4:39 pm
Rent a bike in Rio de Janeiro using a bike-share system and come to the Portuguese school by bike, enjoying the view and exercising for a cheap price. Continue reading How to rent and use a bike-share system in Rio de Janeiro at Caminhos Blog 🇧🇷.