Student Teach Abroad!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Program Description:

A semester in Rio! This College of Education-only program gives its students the opportunity to fulfill their student teaching commitments at an American school right in the heart of the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Students spend the semester living and student teaching at the Our Lady of Mercy School (OLM), an American accredited K-12 bilingual school located in the quiet central neighborhood of Botafogo in Rio.

The vibrant city of Rio is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro and the second largest city in Brazil. Known for its beaches and stunning scenery, Rio was the host of the 2014 World Cup for soccer and will be for the 2016 Olympics.


Our Lady of Mercy is excited about the possibility of having Lewis University teacher candidates as part of the educational team and, to that end, is offering the following incentives and compensation for student teachers:

  • · Round-trip airfare to and from Brazil
  • · Lodging in school-owned housing next to campus
  • · Meals in the school cafeteria plus a weekly allowance for meals outside of school


To be eligible, you must be an elementary or secondary major at Lewis with at least a 2.75 GPA. Teacher candidates who are interested in teaching in a foreign country after graduation are strongly encouraged to consider this opportunity. Qualifications of teacher candidates include:
  • · A high level of maturity
  • · Flexibility and adaptability
  • · Good physical and mental health
  • · Demonstrated ability and experience working with diverse cultures
  • · Strong academic performance
  • · Demonstrated proficiency in field experience

If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions contact Joan Williams via email at: