Brazil - Campinas

Population facets: 

Partner Organization:  Congregation of the Holy Cross

Location: Campinas, Brazil

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Flexible

In person opportunities summer 2022: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2022: To be determined

Additional Information:

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, if we are unable to deploy students in person, students will not be obligated to complete the ISSLP and may withdraw without penalty. For students wishing to continue with the ISSLP in virtual mode, ISSLP staff will work with them to be placed with a virtual international service option.

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 2022.
  • 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 2022. Virtual opportunities are still being determined.

This section reflects the most recent scope of work for students who deployed in the last few years to Brazil. This scope of work may change based on the needs of the organization at the time of student arrival and/or due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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 2022, 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 2022 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.  

For More Information:

Former ISSLP Participants: 

Cristian Araujo '22 (ISSLP 2020)* (Virtual 2020 Ecuador-Chimbo)
Shirley Gonzalez '23 (ISSLP 2020)* (Virtual 2020 Ecuador-Chimbo)
*Did not deploy due to COVID-19

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


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Upcoming Events

October 2021

Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
Postgraduate Service Lunch | Alliance for Catholic Education
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

November 2021

Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
Getting Something to Eat in Jackson
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
Mini Postgraduate Service Fair
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Taste of PATH
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 7:30pm
Information Session | Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (PSIM)
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 8:00pm to 8:30pm
Dignity and Justice Workshop
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Catholic Social Tradition (CST) Minor Brunch
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 11:30am
Higgins Film CLASSics | Blue Collar (1978)
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:00pm
Virtues & Vocations Presents Howard Gardner: What is Good Work?
Monday, November 29, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

December 2021

Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm