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

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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$840 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

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      EDITED from 3 Stars to 5 Initial Review: I was a student for 2 months at Caminhos. Teaching was good, so were the teaching materials. Staff was very friendly, however, I paid for 8 weeks of group classes and took a break after having taken...More

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    2/27/2019
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      I was a student for 2 months at Caminhos. Teaching was good, so were the teaching materials. Staff was very friendly, however, I paid for 8 weeks of group classes and took a break after having taken 7. I approached two different members of the...More

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    2/22/2019
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      Caminhos is so much more than just a school. It's a community! That the reason why I wanted to come back for a longer period after studying here for a week in 2017. All the teachers I have had in my 4 weeks were great...More

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    2/20/2019
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      Caminhos is an amazing place to learn Portuguese. The teachers are smart, cool, and eager to help you learn. Beyond this, the school provides a community where you can make friends and learn about Brazil outside of the classroom. My experience with classes at Caminhos...More

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    2/15/2019
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      I have studied at Caminhos a few times already. If you are looking for a place for good Portuguese language classes and also learn a ton about Brazilian culture, there is no better place. The staff is fantastic and the atmosphere always cheerful and warming....More

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    2/14/2019
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      Can’t recommend Caminhos enough! Great school, and awesome teachers. Not only do you get to learn the language, but also get great exposure for cultural events and things that are happening around Rio. You also get to connect with many like minded people who are...More

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    2/14/2019
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      Love this school and all their activities and events! Beach volleyball, capoeira, movie nights, samba rehearsals, food course and really amazing hikes! I also reccomend the home-stay acconodation service. The school organized my stay at a brazilian familys house close to the school in Ipanema...More

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    2/14/2019
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      As usual they went above and beyond. So happy to choose them again. They always take such good care of the students. I highly recommend Caminhos!!!

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    2/13/2019
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      Great teachers, warm and welcoming atmosphere, a wide range of activities outside of class, good testing to place students at the appropriate level. Good for travelers and new arrivals to Rio. Only wish I had signed up sooner!

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    2/13/2019
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      Anyone who’s been to Caminhos knows it’s a lot more than just a school, it’s like a community and family for any gringos who go on an adventure to Rio. I stopped studying there a long time ago, but I still go to their events...More

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