Surf classes in Rio de Janeiro while learning Portuguese – Portuguese & Surf

brazilian portuguese and surfing class

Course Description

Make the most of your stay in Rio de Janeiro and study Portuguese with Caminhos whilst learning how to surf! We’ll take you to Arpoador, one of the best surf-spots in Brazil to teach you how to surf, or to improve your surfing skills.

Arpoador (which literally means the harpoon thrower) is famous to surf enthusiasts because of the WSL championship competition that is held there every year. It is also a popular local hangout spot for surfing Cariocas.

The surfing instructor will encourage students to speak Portuguese whilst they catch the waves, giving you the chance to practice the language in a completely different context.

Each week you will have 20 hours of Portuguese Group Classes (09:00-13:00 Mon – Fri) and 4.5 hours of Surfing classes (1.5 hours of Surf class 3x a week).

The Portuguese & Surfing option, is a popular choice for the more sporty students – so get ready for some waves!

  • Download your level test here (complete beginners do not need to do a level test).
  • Let us know if you are a native Latin speaker.
  • You can start Group Classes any Monday of the year.
  • If you are a complete beginner, you should start at the beginning of A1 or L (see  Calendar) otherwise buy additional private classes

You can download Caminhos Curriculum here.

Meet the Portuguese Teachers

Survival Rio Course Highlights

  • 4 hours of Portuguese group classes per day, Monday to Friday (20 hours per week).
  • 3 sessions of surfing instruction (the days depend on the waves and weather conditions, 1.5 hours sessions).
  • Small class size.
  • Free after-class activities every day
  • The opportunity to make friends with people from across the globe
  • Your fee supports Mais Caminhos – our social programme; helping Brazilian kids in need
Price

from R$900 per week

20 hours of group classes a week


4.5 hours of surf class a week


Monday to Friday


Private surf classes


Our Reviews on TripAdvisor

  • star rating  If you are staying in Rio you HAVE to study at Caminhos! If you are looking to learn Portuguese, this is the place to do it. The teachers are very... read more

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    6/11/2021
  • star rating  Excellent experience. Highly recommended. The classes were professional, well taught and well organized. It is a real learning center and I have only the highest praise.

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    5/28/2021
  • star rating  Going to Caminhos classes while living in Rio was the best part of my day-to-day. This school is more than just language, it provides a sense of community. The atmosphere... read more

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    5/26/2021
  • star rating  Caminhos is a very good school to learn portuguese and you also get to know a lot of people from around the world! I had an awesome time at the... read more

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    5/26/2021
  • star rating  Caminho is truly great. I took 5 weeks of private lessons and now I plan to continue my study by taking online courses. My teachers are wonderful: Antonio, Bruno V,... read more

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    3/27/2021
  • star rating  I spent 2 months learning Portuguese at Caminhos and was extremely impressed by the quality of the teachers, textbooks, and the style of teaching. Classes are interactive and really work... read more

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    3/24/2021
  • star rating  I loved the 5 weeks I spent learning Portuguese at Caminhos! All of the teachers and the staff were fantastic. The group classes (4hr/day) offered the perfect mix of structure... read more

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    2/05/2021
  • star rating  Caminhos is not just a great place to learn Portuguese. Their programs allow you to use the language as a way to discover Rio de Janeiro and part of Brazilian... read more

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    12/16/2020
  • star rating  I spent 1 month learning Portuguese and it was greatest experience ever. I wish I could have stayed longer since I felt I was making so much progress and it... read more

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    12/11/2020
  • star rating  I’ve been taking classes with Caminhos for the last six weeks and I cannot recommend them enough. The physical location is currently closed due to COVID so I am... read more

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    12/03/2020
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