New homestay school opens in Rio

May 20, 2013


A new school offering Portuguese language home tuition has opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as the latest business venture from Vilma Gomes, Managing Director of IH São Paulo and Upward Study Abroad & Travel agency.


photo: Up Rio is located near the beaches of Barra da Tijuca and Recreio dos Bandeirantes

Up Rio is located in the Recreio dos Bandeirantes area of the city. Students will stay and study Portuguese in a three-floor beach house residence, with two en suite rooms and two triple rooms available to accommodate up to ten students at one time. Local leisure facilities include a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a sauna, sports courts and a skate ramp.

The beach of Recreio dos Bandeirantes is a two-minute walk from the residence. “The beaches of Barra and Recreio extend for 18km with almost completely untouched stretches favoured by surfers,”said Gomes. The beach is known for kite surfing, windsurfing and body boarding and doesn't get as crowded as Copacabana or Ipanema, she added.

Study will take place in the morning, with cultural and sightseeing activities in the afternoon, including trips to Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, local beaches and favela tours. “It is a very personalised programme. Students buy a package including accommodation, desired meals, classes and sightseeing,”said Gomes.

“I think it's ideal for mature students or those who are coming to Rio for the first time and don't feel easy with the city, so they can learn the language and culture, and visit the beautiful city in a safe and pleasant way,”Gomes added.

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