Brazil is famous for its captivating cultural life. For Samba. For Carnival. For Futbol. But that colorful portrayal just scratches the surface. Dive below the surface. Go deeper. And see for yourself what Brazilian life is all about.
Brazil is huge. Like, half of the South American continent huge. Within it you’ll find a mind-boggling landscape of beaches, rainforest, metropolises, and colonial towns. Not to mention more biodiversity than any other country on the planet.
At just over 200 million, Brazil’s population is the fifth largest in the world and incredibly diverse. The people of Brazil occupy just about every possible economic, racial and cultural category. You’ll find Portuguese, African, and indigenous Indian cultures blending on the regular.
What can such an eclectic mix of places and people have in common? A universal pride in being Brazilian. After 8 months speaking Portuguese, learning capoeira, harvesting strawberries, or rehabilitating wildlife, no doubt you’ll feel it too.
Brazil’s cuisine reflects the diversity of its people. Get ready to taste flavors from a variety of cultural traditions!
Learn Portugeuse through immersion, tutoring, and Rosetta Stone. Get a head start with these common words and phrases.
A number of musical styles originated in Brazil including samba and bossa nova.
Sample some of Brazil’s rich musical tradition with these songs.
Get a sense of the possibilities by learning about a sample of our many apprenticeship partners.
Wildlife Preservation & Environmental Sustainability
Delve into Brazil’s incredible Nature with projects in wildlife preservation and monitoring, environmental education and conservation, recycling, trail maintenance, and sustainability.
Organic Farming & Agriculture Systems
Get your hands dirty and help local efforts in environmental studies, agro-ecology, permaculture, traditional mills, farm animals, and the preparation and sale of natural products.
Social Entrepreneurship & Nonprofit Management
Learn from and contribute to nonprofit and corporate partnerships for social responsibility. Get experience in entrepreneurial businesses, fundraising, social media, and innovation.
Education & Training
Make an impact through opportunities to assist in public education, after school classes, child development, vocational training, special education classes, tutoring English as Second Language, and cultural classes.
“One of the greatest beauties of staying put for an extended period of time is discovering the rhythm of a neighborhood… Day by day, I’m am lucky enough to peel away another onion layer, piecing together the history and dynamic.”
“On Fridays, my host family and I spend the evenings preparing for the Saturday market, washing the last bit of alface and repolho in the buckets and carrying the heavy boxes of chestnuts and honey into the van.”
“I live with a host family that has not only welcomed me into their home but has adopted me as one of the family. My Mae, host mom, is frequently feeding me chocolate, bread, pastels stuffed with different meats and plates of fresh fruit.”