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$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

  •   The Caminhos Talk program is a great to further improve your conversation skills in Portuguese. You already have to be at a certain level to be allowed in the program... read more

    jcampagna82
    11/06/2019
  •   Caminhos Language Centre is truly the best learning school I had ever attended. Teachers are wonderful, they are inspiring and generous. Learning a new language in another country can be... read more

    mavegarcia
    11/06/2019
  •   It is obvious that everybody at Caminhos work really hard to make your experience an unforgettable one. I realized that from the moment I e mailed some queries about their... read more

    Alexander H
    11/05/2019
  •   i joined the basic language class and found it invaluable. it really helped me understand and practice how to speak to the cariocas! and the Centre also has loads... read more

    GaryJohnAshton
    11/05/2019
  •   I am an american-filipina polygot with a reasonable porficiency of portuguese. I decided to enrich my 1 week vacation in Rio de Janeiro by choosing to do the Rio Immersion... read more

    Daniella A
    9/30/2019
  •   Caminhos is an excellent language school for foreigners who want to start or continue studying Portuguese. I took two weeks of one-on-one private lessons and they were excellent. ... read more

    765kev
    9/28/2019
  •   I studied there for one month and really enjoyed my time there, the school has fantastic classes, materials and activities. The teachers & staff are all very helpful and friendly.... read more

    VanessaK1613
    9/26/2019
  •   The school is amazing, I can not recommend enough. Not only the quality of the teaching is exceptional, but the structure and the care of the students too. So many... read more

    HunNorb
    9/11/2019
  •   Loved my time at the school. My teachers were amazing and I feel like I've improved so much! The reception staff too were great and will help you organise absolutely... read more

    HptJ40
    9/10/2019
  •   I followed Portuguese classes at Caminhos for eight weeks. The teachers were really nice, my fellow students were interesting and the school organizes a lot of nice activities. The only... read more

    HarmenSt
    9/09/2019
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