Brazil - Campinas

Population facets: 

Partner Organization:  Congregation of the Holy Cross

Location: Campinas, Brazil

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Flexible. Students have departed in the past right after final exams.

In person opportunities summer 2021: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2021: No

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Intermediate Portuguese level desired. Spanish speakers and Portuguese beginners are welcome to apply and are expected to take Portuguese classes and/or attend tutoring language sessions during the spring semester 2021.
  • 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.)

  • Classroom Management and Lesson Planning Workshop

  • First Aid & CPR (optional and according to scope of work)

  • Holy Cross Orientation Session

  • Maryknoll Orientation Session

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

  • Self Defense

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/engagement.

This site will be in person for summer 2021.

The Congregation of the Holy Cross in Campinas runs several different social projects, all of which provide opportunities for students to work with. CECOIA has been the project in which the students have spent most of their time during their ISSLP. CECOIA is an afterschool program where children can attend during the time they are not at school. The center provides art, sports, reading, life skills, dance, and computer classes all day long from Monday to Friday.

In addition to supporting the activities at CECOIA, ISSLP students in in the past have also volunteered at Lar dos Idosos, an Elderly home in Campinas and at Colégio Notre Dame in Campinas.

For the summer 2021, ISSLP students are expected to continue supporting the projects run by the Brothers of the Holy Cross in Campinas, especially the work at CECOIA. Research opportunities might be available during the summer 2021 for students interested in Psychology and Neuroscience.

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.  

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Former ISSLP Participants: 


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


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