Expat Guide to Living in Brazil
Whether you're already living in Brazil or preparing to move to Brazil, our Expat Guide to Living in Brazil offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Brazil. For answers to specific questions, visit our Brazil Forum to talk with expats in Brazil.
Expats in Sao Paulo find themselves living in one of the most important cities in South America. Technology, finance, and services drive its economy, and that of Brazil as a nation. Influences from all over the world have shaped its culture.
Expats LOVE Florianopolis, Brazil for it's breathtaking beaches and safe neighborhoods. Plus, it's a great place to raise kids. Unfortunately, the cost of living and limited job opportunities can be challenging.
Whether it's the beaches, exciting nightlife or the banking industry that draw you to Brazil, expats seem to truly enjoy life in Brazil. We've pulled together tips from expats in Brazil about learning Portuguese, crime, international schools, renting an apartment and much more.
Charles Barrett offers some helpful tips to ensure that you minimize risk associated with a lost or stolen passport.
An expat who successfully acclimated to life in Goiania, Brazil shares tips for newcomers. He discusses Jetinho Brasilero, which is the Brazilian way of doing things and how that affected him.
An expat in Mogi Mirim, Brazil appreciates the warm and inviting people of Brazil. He says to come without judgements or expectations and you just might be pleasantly surprised.
An American couple extensively researched and visited properties buying a place in Praia de Pipa, Brazil. They share great tips for anyone following in their footsteps about the property buying process and moving to Brazil.
I am sorry to say that after 14 years in Brazil my advise would be don't move, please reconsider. I have grown to love Brazil but the prices, lack of infrastructure, noise, traffic and now protests and violence have taken their toll.
A retired American couple in Praia de Pipa, Brazil talks about why they chose this beautiful beach town for their retirement. They confess that while they knew about Brazil's wall of bureaucracy, they didn't expect it to be as challenging as it has been. One tip: keep your boarding pass from the flight into Brazil.
Eight years ago, a British couple bought a small farm that's a few minutes from the beach and settled into retirement in Brazil. They have great tips for newcomers about finances, renting vs. buying and learning the language.
More Culture Shock Reports for BrazilCulture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Brazil handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Brazil:
More Living in Brazil Reports
What are people's priorities in Brazil - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Brazil:
More Moving to Brazil Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Brazil? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Brazil? Below are some of the responses from expats in Brazil:
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Reviews of Schools in Brazil
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Brazil. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Brazil:
Dream vs. Reality of Living in Brazil Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Brazil. If you are already living in Brazil, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Brazil:
Retiring in Brazil Reports
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Brazil, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Brazil:
Having a Baby in Brazil Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Brazil? Below are some of the reports from expats in Brazil:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Brazil? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Brazil? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.Submit a Working Abroad Report
Lee offers ten tips for people contemplating a move to Central or South America.