15 Meeting locals
15 Creating true social impact
14 Developing social awareness
13 Immersing in the local culture
6 Get in touch with nature
4 Meeting international travelers
Our experience was wonderful! We only stayed a few days, but they were very intense! The children are used to receiving new volunteers and they gave us a very warm welcome! Perhaps, a good practice could be to split activities by age range, to give better attention to each child needs. Anyways, it's very nice to give them affection and help somehow with their education. We could see how much the kids appreciate this space, so it’s important to keep this project alive. Alex was always very attentive and so was Eriane, she was very welcoming and provided us with everything we needed! Thanks!
2 months ago
Ismael and Ligia came to the Escolinha Itacoatiara in March 2022 and stayed for some days. From the very first moment they were working with the children totally on their own responibility. The communication with them via whatsapp was always friendly and productive. When they had to leave Eriane and the children were more than sad. Thank you for you stay, you will be always more than welcome back!
What Alex initiated here is truly amazing and inspiring. I would recommend this experience to anyone! The kids are very open for any kind of education (even from someone that does not speak their language like me). I came to the Escolinha by myself and Alex was always available to answer any doubts I may have. Overall, I truly appreciate that I was able to contribute to the project and the Escolinha!
4 months ago
much more then just a volunteer work - this was a mind-blowing cultural and social immersion experience. i have learned so much i can't possibly put in words. the kids are absolutely gorgeous inside and out and the community is welcoming but extremely needy. this project has so much potential! but there are definitely some details that need to be best communicated between host-volunteers and the commitment needs more attention as well. overall, a life-changing experience for me and the other volunteers for sure, but i strongly believe we can do more for the community itself.
7 months ago
Daffny came to the Escolinha Itacoatiara in October 2021, and from the very first moment she was working totally on her own responsibility with the children. Everybody like her a lot and the children had a lot of fun. The communication with Daffny via whatsapp was always friendly and productive. Daffny, thank you so much for your visit, you will be always welcome back!
I have only spent a few days there because of my schedule and the host was pretty friendly about it and helped me a lot with information about the place.
It is a unique experience since it is a place you really feel you help your neighbor. The neighborhood is poor, people are very simple and it is definitely the place people have to go with a spirit of cooperation.
I found this idea of keeping a social school in a place like that awesome and that is what we really need everywhere to help people.
You should have in mind it is a needy place and you are really going to be helpful to them.
about 3 years ago
Great experience, the kids are lovely, Poro's family is always ready to assist you with anything and Alex also gives you support via WhatsApp whenever you need. The community and the escolinha are very simple, but that's not a problem at all, in fact, that's how they live, and you're gonna get the true experience of their daily lives. I definitely recommend it!
over 3 years ago
It is a completely life-changing experience. The circumstances can be really hard at the beginning, but the learnings and memories you are going to get from your stay at the Escolinha are definitely worthy. The kids are miraculous, always expecting your love and attention. Thank you very much, Alex, for your incredible work and for offering us, the volunteers, this indescribable experience!
over 4 years ago
The school is great when it comes to passing things that are useful for a successful future for children.
Does the World respect those children?
The truth is that we must at all times be aware that we are in an oppressed region and with people who are very exploited by a cruel system. So requiring a learning from them will never be too much.
We know that children who study in the best private schools in Brazil learn three languages, have theater, swimming, among other things. So our maximum effort is the least we can offer.
I think the Itacoatiara students deserve a chance!
over 4 years ago
I loved the experience, it was surely very different from all of my other trips. The place and the neighbourhood are extremely simple, but I got used to it very fast. The kids are really lovely, although it can be a little messy when there are lots of them. I was a little insecure about how to deal with them, but at the end they are just happy for being there with someone who cares about them. Congratulations to Alex for this beautiful initiative!
over 4 years ago
I loved the kids and the experience! It changed my life! However, I thought the city was very dangerous and I do not recommend to go alone! I thank Alex, Poró e Dona Maria!
almost 5 years ago
The experience at Escolinha Itacoatiaria was unexpectedly life-changing. I got to know a very different population of Brazil and I learnt a lot about myself as a person but also as a "teacher" by living in these conditions. The school is a place full of hope and love, you just need to get used to the fact that is a bit dark and very hot :). I highly recommend to stay at least to weeks in order to enjoy the real beauty of the Amazon and to get to know the kids and the surrounding families better, it changed everything for me.
almost 5 years ago