ABOUT US

With the goal of offering educational access to young citizens and adults from low-income communities, Cidadão Pró-Mundo promotes social inclusion and integration in Brazil through English lessons held by volunteers. Due to its highly organized administrative, operational and governance framework, which complies with the most cutting-edge corporate models in place, Cidadão Pró-Mundo currently ranks as the largest, most well-structured English teaching NGO in Brazil.

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Over the course of more than 20 years of activities and relying on an innovative teaching-volunteering methodology, CPM now has approximately 1,400 volunteers, between teachers and administrative staff – all mobilized to meet the needs of over 2,5 thousand students.

By understanding the value of learning a second language as a tool to promote citizenship, Cidadão Pró-Mundo believes that English is an instrument to expand the population´s future outlooks given that it helps them to take on a leading role in their lives and, as a result, transform society. To that effect, CPM relies on the force of its volunteers and partners, who are fully committed to the NGO’s values:

Bright Eyes We are enthusiasts and we think big. The sparkle in our eyes is a reflection of our certainty that we are able to change the status quo and inspire many people along the way.

Exchange We believe that the relationship between volunteers and students is one big exchange of experiences, where everyone gives and receives, learns and teaches, on an ongoing basis.

Ownership We are all responsible for making the dream of turning Brazil into a more egalitarian country come true. Each one of us, and all of us, work toward changing this reality and take on the responsibility of creating the results we want to see in society.

Empowerment We seek to boost the self-esteem and develop the self-awareness of everyone who takes part in Cidadão Pró-Mundo, making volunteers and students mindful of the power they have to change each other and themselves.

HISTORY

It was 1997 when a foreign friend of Marcos Fernandes, founder of Cidadão Pró-Mundo, visited the low-income community
of Capão Redondo. He witnessed the youngsters of the region trying to communicate with him without speaking the language,
he came up with the idea of offering free English lessons to residents of the outskirts and people in positions of social vulnerability.
Over the last 20 years of history and activity, we have proudly served about 10 thousand students with the assistance of 4 thousand
volunteers, ultimately consolidating and expanding our action model by appealing to the cause we advocate for.

OUR METHOD

A MONTH

1ST WEEKEND
TEACHER A + TEACHER B

2ND WEEKEND
TEACHER C + TEACHER D

3RD WEEKEND
TEACHER E + TEACHER F 

4TH WEEKEND
TEACHER G + TEACHER H

Cidadão Pró-Mundo’s operating model is based on 3-hour long lessons during the weekends. Students attend classes once a week, on Saturdays or Sundays, depending on their teaching unit.

Each class is assigned 4 to 8 volunteachers (volunteer English teachers), who partake in a rotation scheme to teach the lessons. With the application of this innovative methodology, developed by CPM and entitled ‘Rotation Volunteering’, each teacher gives 1 lesson per month, either individually or along with another volunteacher, devoting an average of 5 hours a month to community service.

This enables volunteers to reconcile their agenda between personal commitments and their willingness to collaborate with the development of society.

Backed by a successful pedagogical model, where volunteachers use specific tools to ensure seamless continuity in the class syllabus, and by relying on high-level teaching materials, we provide students with the ideal sequence to ensure top quality education in the English language.

TEACHING MATERIALS

All of the teaching materials used by teachers and students over the 5-year course offered by Cidadão Pró-Mundo are developed and granted by Cambridge University Press –  the world´s greatest and most highly renowned publisher when it comes to teaching materials in the English language – a CPM partner that helps us to guarantee the course’s top level quality without any cost to our students and volunteers.

The teachers’ books clearly show the syllabus of each class so that all volunteachers (volunteer English teachers), even those with no teaching experience, can easily apply the necessary content and exercises in favor of a flawless classroom environment and learning experience.

TRANSPARENCY

The Cidadão Pró-Mundo Association, a Public Interest Civil Society Organization (OSCIP), believes in
transparency as a means of attesting its credibility to partners, associates, volunteers, students,
government institutions and society. Therefore, the NGO insists on presenting financial statements
and institutional documents that corroborates its commitment to building a more inclusive country
(documents available in portuguese).