ABOUT US

With the goal of offering educational access to young citizens and adults in low-income communities, Cidadão Pró-Mundo promotes social inclusion and integration in Brazil through weekly English classes. All teachers are volunteers. Due to its highly organized administrative, operational and governance framework, which complies with the most cutting-edge corporate models, CPM currently ranks as one of Brazil’s 100 Best NGOs and won “Best NGO in Education” in 2020.

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After 25 years of activity 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: students who attend our English Course in person in one of our 11 Teaching Units.

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.

After completing 10 six-month modules (5 years), students complete the CPM course with a B1 level of English proficiency (intermediate level), which is equivalent to the third level of the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR).

For students who, after completing the regular course, are interested in continuing to develop their English language skills, Cidadão Pró-Mundo offers the option of taking part in the CPM Qualify project, an intensive 1-year course that aims to preparing students to take the international certification proficiency test of Cambridge Assessment English, internationally recognized as one of the most important exams nowadays.

Volunteers who work at the NGO are trained through regular training and make use of specific tools to apply in classes, in addition to having high-level didactic material.

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 ‘Rotating Volunteering’, each teacher partakes in 6 to 8 classes per semester on previously scheduled weekends (Saturday or Sunday), devoting an average of 5 hours per month for class planning and feedback after class. This enables volunteers to reconcile their schedule between personal commitments and their willingness to collaborate with the development of society.

TEACHING MATERIALS

All of the teaching materials used by Cidadão Pró-Mundo’s teachers and students werebuilt by a pedagogical team specialized in teaching English and prepared exclusively for CPM, considering the learning needs of students at different levels of the course.

Moreover, over the 5-year course offered by Cidadão Pró-Mundo, our teachers and students are supported by Cambridge University Press – the world´s greatest and most highly renowned publisher when it comes to teaching materials in the English language – didactic books, 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).