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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!

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

  •   This school offers all levels of small, conversation-based classes with a great curriculum that teaches not only grammar and vocabulary, but also cultural aspects of Brazil. They also provide a wide-variety of extra-curricular activities, which I found especially useful as a solo travelor since it...More

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    1/07/2019
  •   I just got my first 2 weeks at Caminhos, starting with A1 and I’m blown away by their efficient and fast way of teaching. I’ve learned 3 other languages before in school in my homecountry (Belgium) and I’ve never had such a good teacher as...More

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    12/20/2018
  •   Caminhos is a great place to learn Portuguese in Brasil. Why? - good trainers and well balanced content - perfect location close to the beach - nice people - fair price - great entertainment program in parallel Highly recommended from my side!

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    12/17/2018
  •   Caminhos has a very good program to help learn Portuguese. The teachers are not just Brazilians who speak Portuguese, but actual teachers who help you learn the language with a variety of methods. The classes are small and fun. The school has so many after...More

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    12/03/2018
  •   I've studied at Caminhos for 3 weeks (1 week group studying and 2 weeks private) and enjoyed every minute of it. The school teachers are very professional and friendly, and really see and attend your particular needs. Apart for studying, the school offers many different...More

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    10/04/2018
  •   Great school! Teachers are amazing, especially Karen. The school also offers a bunch of activities for students to socialize and practice their Portuguese! I would highly recommend going here if you are looking to learn Portuguese while visiting Brazil, the prices are fair and the...More

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    9/27/2018
  •   It’ll be hard to find somewhere better than Caminhos! There’s an amazing atmosphere and everyone’s encouraged to talk - all the students hangout together between and after classes. I guess it’s partly due to the free activities everyday (from dance classes, to hikes and city...More

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    9/05/2018
  •   I have learned Portuguese before and had high expectations. All of these are being fulfilled here. My teacher in the first two weeks was not only competent, but also fun working with. She could explain certain aspects of the language that I never understood before....More

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    9/01/2018
  •   It was really an amazing experience! The teachers are very professional and the school welcomes you like a family. They organize plenty of events, experiences and trips that make you know better Rio and the Brazilian culture. It's so close to Ipanema beach, too. I...More

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    8/31/2018
  •   the best way to learn Portuguese, close to the ipanema beach, the students so friendlies, great activities

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    8/20/2018
  • Download your level test here (complete beginners do not need to do a level test) for the group classes
  • Download the Questionnaire here for your Private lessons
  • 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 (see  Calendar) otherwise buy additional private classes.

You can download Caminhos Curriculum here.