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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Be prepared for a change, and always take the positive things. In Brazil the good side always surpasses the bad side of the things. (Continue)
vferraro99 replied most recently with:
I am Brazilian by birth, born in Sao Paulo, and have been living in the US for the last 23 years. I will retire and move back in about 19 months. I can understand the culture shock, I'm sure that even though I was born in the country I will also suffer from a bit of shock when returning. I can relate to your frustration about lack of trust, but you could understand it better if you heard the stories the Brasilians can tell you about "gringos" that have stolen everything out of hotel rooms, including TV sets, linen, etc., and also stories of foreigners that have ruined rentals. This is unfortunate, but it is true. The honest have to suffer because of the not so honest ones. I'm sure you are by now going through the adjustment phase, and I wish you well.
A reader replied recently with:
I am Brazilian and agree with you in many things. However, to say that men are few and stupid with women and women are better treated in Spain and Italy is ridiculous. In Spain and Italy they treat women like trash. Sorry, totally disagree in this point. About the visa for 90 or 180 days, it is no different from US or Australia. If you visa is for tourism for 90/180 days you should not even be looking for a job, it is against the law just as in all other countries. Can't understand you complain about this.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Having a Baby in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
I had my baby at Pro Matre cause Albert Einstein was full, but I dont regret it. We dont use any kind of health insurance, so we payed ir from our pockets. I spent 6 days there, 2 on ICU. And my daughter 12 days, all of them on neo ICU. I had all the support I need, even psychological care. The staff is great, and gives a lot of help with whatever we need. (Continue)
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How would it compare witht a 6 day stay in a US hospital, sans insurance?
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Expat Report Living in São Paulo, Brazil by Patito was published
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Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
It is less stressful. I will share more time with my son. I will get paid more and be able to do more things. I will have new friends and the opportunity to reinvent myself. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Graded in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Outdated School. No sufficient airco or heating system. Furniture doesnt meet criteria of ergometry, too small for anyone taller than 160 cm. Many power and Internet outages allthough all homework has to be done via the net. After school activities limited, poor after school sport program, eg no track and field, hockey or rugby. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I am an American and IF what you posted about the school is true than no it would not be acceptable for my American children either. My children have attended many international schools from all over the world, to included British schools, and the American curriculum is by far the greatest. The schools in Brazil are weak but that is not a reflection of what a true American International School is. Please educated yourself on the difference between curriculums and school specifics.
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Expat Report Culture Shock in São Paulo, Brazil was published
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Listen to the advice of others who have been through your situation. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities are fabulous!!! Lots and lots of extra-curricular for all interests. Check out this website for answers to all of your questions: graded.br (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
do the students have the opportunity to excel in core curiculim such as math, science, histor, etc?
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Dating and Marriage in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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What is it like in your country of residence for someone with your relationship status (married/divorced/dating)? If you're single, how do you meet other people? Do English-speaking people tend to gravitate to certain parts of your city?
It is terrible. The cultural/education level of Brazilians is very low and they are very insular with Brazilian culture. There are many opportunities to meet people, hundreds if you wish, but hardly any chance to find intelligent, high-level men my age among these people. Brazilian men tend to be deeply sexist, many look exclusively for women 10-20 yrs younger than they are. Brazilians can be divided into conservatives (usually more working or lower middle class) and the rest, the majority of the population, of vulgar, sexist liberals (who think they are fabulous). Many married men look at single women exclusively as a potential adultery opportunity (no respect in any way). Homosexual and bisexual women bother single (straight) women constantly. Most mature, decent people are married, but they totally exclude singles from their social lives. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I don't know who wrote this, but I so agree with you !! Thank you for putting into words a general feeling of the Brazilian single market.
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Expat Report Info about International Newcomer's Club of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil was published
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Describe your group.
Moving to one of the largest cities in the world can be an exciting experience, and The International Newcomers Club of São Paulo (INC) is here to help you on this adventure!

INC is a multicultural social organization that provides support, information and ongoing opportunities for the international English-speaking community of São Paulo, facilitating social contacts, providing valuable information for new arrivals and promoting fun activities for the entire family.

The INC website is filled with useful information on the city for you to use. For information on upcoming events and activities, please visit our website calendar www.newcomers-sp.com.br

Join INC and make moving an easier transition, while building friendships that will last a lifetime!

The International Newcomers Club of São Paulo welcomes you to your new home... BEM VINDOS!!! (Continue)

Expat Report Review of Pan American Christian Academy in Sao Paulo, Brazil was published
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Beautiful campus with lots of grass, trees, and flowers. Over 20 classrooms all opening up to lots of green. Science labs, media center, computer lab, library, gym, outside courts, two soccer fields, swimming pool, and two playgrounds make it a great place to learn and grow. Extra-curricular activities are geared for 6th graders through High School and they include soccer, basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, softball, drama/theater, choir. (Continue)

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