Famoso por sus bosques, playas y la animada vida de la ciudad, la sociedad brasileña tiene una mezcla de antecedentes indígenas, portugués, europeos y africanos. Brasil es la casa del carnaval, una celebración mundialmente famosa, de igual manera también los festivales de vecinos, los defiles de calle y escenas de la música como en ningún otro lugar del mundo.

Los jóvenes en Brasil socializan visitándose unos a otros en sus casas durante los fines de semana, al igual que yendo a cafés y al centro de la ciudad.Hay muchas ferias nacionales en todo el año en el que se puede asistir, incluyendo el Carnaval reconocido mundial. Los jóvenes usualmente toman clases de idiomas después de la escuela, en institutos de idiomas privados, también clases de música, arte o baile. Las escuelas raramente ofrece actividades extra curriculares, pero existen muchas organizaciones comunitarias de las que puedes ser parte de manera voluntaria donde aprenderás sobre la comunidad, y harás amigos. Los deportes, especialmente el fútbol son muy populares en los chicos y chicas.


People of Brazil

Brazilian people are open and affectionate.

Host Family & Community

AFSers are hosted throughout Brazil, usually in urban centers around the country. Parents tend to be protective of their children, especially girls. You should always keep your host parents informed and involved in your decisions, and help out in the chores.

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You will attend either a private or public high school. The school runs in two shifts—from 7 am until noon, or 1 pm to 6 pm in the afternoon. There are about 10 core subjects that all students must take, plus electives like art and cooking. Not all schools require a uniform, but if they do, it will most likely consist of jeans and a school t-shirt.


Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, though English is widely understood. Having a basic knowledge of English will be helpful. You will participate in language lessons provided by AFS before arriving to Brazil, and local volunteers may arrange independent language study for you during the first months.


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Mealtime is family time in Brazil, and while breakfast is light, lunch and dinner are big meals with hearty portions. Brazilian food tends to be quite heavy, and it includes barbecued meat, African-influenced fish, chicken stews, white rice, beans, and farofa orfarinha (manioc flour). Meals are usually served with carne (beef) and a green and tomato salad. A variety of fruit and vegetables are available throughout the year.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Go abroad with AFS to discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

Our learning program will prepare you for an amazing AFS intercultural experience. The program begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations and other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations will help you maximize your experience, cope the challenges of navigating a new culture and community and gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding, throughout your time abroad, and as you return to you home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family through your learning journey abroad.


The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program will support your intercultural learning experience. This state-of-the-art program prepares you to successfully navigate new cultural environments—during your AFSNext experience and long after you finish the program. Online intercultural learning modules combined with in-person sessions help you develop practical and global skills, knowledge and attitudes that employers need and mission-driven organizations believe will help achieve their social impact goals. You will receive your certification upon completion of the training program. 

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