Brazil map

Language Spoken:

Portuguese

Time Zone:

UTC -3 hours

Currency:

Brazilian Real

Apprenticeships:

Agriculture, Education, Environmental Conservation, Social Enterprise,

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Brazil

Isaac King & Na'ilah Harris, Brazil '14, Lynn University & The New School

Encompassing half of South America, Brazil is a country of mythic proportions and cultural fusion. It’s an fascinating time to be in Brazil - not just for the country's renowned festivals, music, and dance - but also for its fast-growing economy and changing politics which spark passionate debate.

Pooja Thekdi, Brazil '14, Occidental College

Pooja Thekdi, Brazil '14, Occidental College

The regions

Florianópolis

Florianópolis is a stunning island off the southern coastline of Brazil and is the capital of Santa Catarina state. The city is famous for its 42 beaches and ideal surf conditions. Homestays in Florianopolis range from rural to highly urban. Most Fellows will live in brick houses or apartments with electricity and running water.

Climate

Humid, near tropical climate with temperatures averaging 60-80°F, 15-27°C

Local Industries

Technology, tourism, traditional fisheries, agriculture

Transportation

Public buses, bikes, and walking

Florianopolis map

Garopaba

This quiet town is known as the “surfer’s paradise” of southern Brazil. During the summer months, Garopaba bustles from a healthy tourism industry. Community placements range from rural to urban. Most Fellows will live in brick or wooden houses with running water and electricity.

Climate

Temperate climate with averages of 60-80°C, 15-27°C. High exposure to the sun at altitude.

Local Industries

Tourism, fishing, agriculture

Transportation

Public buses, bikes, and walking

Garopaba map

Your Experience

The Homestay

Family ties are super strong in Brazil. Extended relatives and multiple generations often live close by and frequently come together for celebrations and events, especially delicious churrasco barbecues! Your host family will warmly welcome you into their home, introduce you to new foods, show you the local swimming spots, and help you develop your Portuguese skills.

Rujen Amatya, Brazil '18, Tufts University

The Apprenticeship

Work alongside members of your community on projects that make a responsible impact. Brazil offers the opportunity to learn from real world experience in a variety of different apprenticeship sectors.

Education

Assist in teaching any level from pre-school to high school students. Get involved outside of the classroom by leading school gardens, English clubs, science fairs, music, art and computer support.

Environmental Conservation

Work with NGOs providing environmental education or at animal rescue and rehabilitation centers.

Entrepreneurship

Join Brazil's flourishing social impact sector! Work with start-ups, NGOs, and more to empower entrepreneurs and harness technology for social good.

Social Work

Support Brazilian non-profits doing important work for at-risk youth, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Impact takes many forms including art classes, job-training, physical therapy and more!

Sophie von Meunch, Brazil '18, Tufts University

Sophie von Meunch, Brazil '18, Tufts University

The Culture

Cuisine

Brazilian food is influenced by African, European, and Indigenous cuisines. Popular ingredients include cassava, seafood, rice, beans, and many varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. Be sure to nosh on the brigadeiros (tasty chocolate balls), coxinhas (street food with fried dough and chicken), and the inventive dessert pizzas with toppings like nutella and guava paste!

Brazilian food

Experiences

Use your free time to dive into Brazilian culture! Take a surfing class, join in on a pick-up futbol match, learn how to dance samba, or join your local capoeira club to practice this traditional martial art.

Capoeira

Celebrations

Start off the New Year Brazilian style by dressing all in white, jumping over seven waves at the beach, eating 7 grapes, and completing other rituals for good luck. And don’t forget Brazil’s famous Carnaval celebrations with huge block parties and the awesome samba school performances!

Carnaval
Isaac King, Brazil '14, Lynn University

Isaac King, Brazil '14, Lynn University

Fernanda Tornell headshot small circle

Fernanda learned Portuguese and made an impact in Brazil.

See Fernanda's Story

“I spent my Global Citizen Year working with injured sea turtles on an island in southern Brazil."