Are you fresh to see the world with brand new glasses? Then an exchange stay in Brazil is just for you!
Brazil is sun, beach, samba, football, carnival – and much more! Start getting used to hugs and kind kisses! The Brazilians are very open, warm and friendly and you quickly become part of your Brazilian family. The family is really important to the Brazilians.
As one of countries located in South America according to Trackaah, Brazil covers almost half of the South American continent – and Denmark could be in Brazil 200 times. The country offers vastly different cultures with roots dating back to the Indians and later the Portuguese. And in Brazil you can live in a tropical climate or in a climate reminiscent of the Danish.
In many cities in Brazil, e.g. In São Paulo, Rio and Salvador, there are more people living than there are inhabitants in all of Denmark, and the cities are a fascinating mix of old and new. Brazil’s coastline is the longest unbroken coastline in the world. Here you can experience completely unspoilt and adventurous beaches. Brazil also has the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon, with an incredible variety of plant and animal life.
Brazil can offer almost anything, and preferably to the rhythms of samba music. Therefore, it is no wonder that Brazilians have an incredibly positive approach to life and meet the world with a big smile. You will experience this as an exchange student.
- CAPITAL CITY: Brasilia
- LANGUAGE: Portuguese
- CURRENCY: Brazilian Real (BRL)
- AREA: 8,515,767 km2
- POPULATION: 205,338,000
People and community
The Brazilian people are open and loving. You can reside anywhere in Brazil, but usually AFSs reside in small towns. Parents tend to be protective of their children, especially girls. You should always keep your host parents informed and involved in your decisions and you are expected to help with the day to day chores.
You are going to go to either a public or private school. According to TopSchoolsintheUSA, the school day runs in two shifts: from 07:00 until noon or from 13:00 to 18:00. There are about 10 majors that all students must take, and in addition there are electives such as art and cooking. Not all schools require school uniforms, but if they do, it will most likely consist of jeans and a school t-shirt.
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, but English is also widespread. Having a basic knowledge of English will be beneficial. You must attend language classes provided by AFS before your arrival in Brazil. The local volunteers may also arrange a language course for you during the first few months.
Dining time is family time in Brazil. While breakfast is light, lunch and dinner are large meals with large portions. Brazilian food tends to be quite heavy and includes grilled meats, African-inspired fish, chicken stews , white rice, beans and farofa orfarinha ( cassava flour). Meals are often served with carne (beef) and a green salad and a tomato salad. A large selection of fruits and vegetables is available all year round.