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Partner Organization:  Brothers of the Holy Cross

Location: Campinas, Brazil

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Expect US departure as soon as possible after exams.

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Conversational Portuguese language skills
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  None
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements:    None
  • Other:  Students are expected to participate in the prayer and community life of the Brothers of the Holy Cross community by attending any of their related community gatherings.

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment:  (The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) (optional and depending on the scope of work)
  • Teaching and Working with Children Workshop  (optional and depending on the scope of work)
  • Self-Defense Session

Site Description:  

The brothers of Holy Cross are members of the congregation of Catholic religious brothers and priests who lead extraordinary lives by bringing hope to others. Devoted to God through their ministry and prayer, the Brothers of the Holy Cross strive to make a difference in the world by being present and available to the people and communities they serve.

The brothers and priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross have a long history of collaboration and common charism that educates people in the faith and brings hope to the world. United by the founder, Blessed Fr. Basil Moreau, 1837, the brothers and priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross originally ministered to the pastoral and educational needs of the French church.

The District of Brazil has different ministries and projects in São Paulo, Campinas and Santarem, including the schools Colégio Notre Dame in Campinas, Colégio Santa Cruz in São Paulo, and Colégio Dom Amando in Santarém. The Brothers of the Holy Cross in Campinas along with the Colegio Notre Dame in Campinas have also developed a Social Project called Centro Comunitario Irmao Andre (CECOIA) to offer after school programs for the children and youth of the Favela de Sousas.  

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival.   

Students are involved with the work of the Brothers of the Holy Cross in Campinas both at Colégio Notre Dame and CECOIA. The students have also the opportunity to spend a week in São Paulo learning about the projects that the Brothers of the Holy Cross have in the city and in the communities that they support.  

Housing & Lodging Information:

Both in Campinas and São Paulo, students live in community at the Formation House with the Holy Cross brothers and seminarians which includes sharing meals, prayer, and Mass together.  While the brothers are very hospitality oriented and welcoming, it is important for students to remember that they are guests in the brothers’ home and should be respectful and helpful with household chores.  Students are provided rooms with a bed, desk, and a small wardrobe.  Meals are provided at the Formation House and are prepared by cooks who are employed by Holy Cross.  This site can accommodate a vegetarian diet but students should be respectful of what is served to them if invited to visit school and parish families.  

For More Information:

Brothers of the Holy Cross:
Brothers of the Holy Cross Brazil:
Colegio Notre Dame in Campinas:


Former ISSLP Participants:

Ivan Carballude'18 (ISSLP 2016),
Paul Stevenson'18 (ISSLP 2016),

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.