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The Casa do Menor Trabalhador (House of the underaged worker) is a project in Natal which gives support to underprivileged children and teenagers between 7 and 18 years of age, aiming to develop their sense of exercising their citizenship through integral support with basic education, meals, leisure and working skills development.
The house serves 550 students, with 14 classrooms, 2 sports courts, 8 washrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 cafeteria, 1 video room, a library and 19 employees, 20 teachers and 10
volunteers. The students spend all day in the project, and there are different activities such as street dance, computer lab, craftsmanship, bakery, English classes, sports, local farm, choral and flute classes.
The school is open from 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. The project‘s funding comes from various sources both government and donation, but they are not
constant and there are always new students, generating demand for services and so the school is always understaffed. Having foreigners as volunteers is a once in a lifetime chance to the students to experience another culture and share new experiences, as most of them barely know what exists outside of Brazil.