CHI | Explore Brazil

Country Insights

São Paulo

Get lost in the massive metropolis of São Paulo

Feijoada

Warm up your heart Brazilian style!

Christ the Redeemer

The infamous statue can be spotted from nearly every point of Rio de Janeiro

Currency

Today, $1.00 USD buys 3.11 Brazilian Real

Explore Brazil

Why Visit Brazil?

Brazil, South America’s largest nation, covers nearly half of the entire continent!

Brazil extends approximately 3,000 miles from north to south, and just a bit less than that from east to west. The country borders every nation in South America, and it could be divided into the Brazilian Highlands (or plateau) in the south and the Amazon River Basin in the north. The Amazon and its 200+ tribes cover a third of the country. Southern Brazil is home to the Prata system - an intricate river network composed of the Paraguay, Uruguay and Paraná rivers.

WHAT WILL I DO THERE?

As a World Explorer in Brazil, you will engage with the warm and fun-loving people who are waiting to share their love of samba, football, a yummy bean dish called feijoada and their delicious caipirinha cocktails with you! Can you think of a better way to experience Brazilian culture than being considered a part of the família?

World Explorers creates a safe and fun environment for you to gain experience teaching English in Brail. CHI provides you with basic tutoring materials for casual English conversation lessons. Most Brazilians learn English in school and are eager for the opportunity to practice with a native speaker. That’s where you come in. You will be welcomed into your host family’s home and become a part of their lives, and in turn, they will become your friends for life.

Your number one priority is to spend quality time with your Brazilian hosts and to practice English with them for 15 hours per week. Your goal will be to help your hosts gain confidence speaking English with you. Ideally you will also want practice speaking Portuguese with your hosts in return.

WILL I BE ABLE TO LEARN PORTUGUESE IN BRAZIL?

World Explorers is an ideal way for you to improve your Portuguese language skills. Cultural immersion forces you to put yourself out there and try communicating with the locals. You will be surprised at how quickly you can pick up new grammar, use the correct verb tenses and improve your accent when you are surrounded by native speakers.

WHERE WILL I LIVE?

CHI works with trusted overseas partners in Brazil to find the best host families possible. While you may request your desired location, we ask that you are flexible with the location as we cannot guarantee specific areas. Please note that most placements are outside of the major city centers due to limited living space in urban areas. Recent placements have been in: Vitoria, Petropois, Tatui (in the state of São Paulo) and Cabo Frio (in the state of Rio de Janeiro).

HOW CAN I FILL MY FREE TIME?

Our local coordinators in Brazil are there to offer local support while you are a World Explorer. If you are interested in signing up for a Portuguese class, a dance class or even a cooking class, our partner agents can help you arrange different activities to get involved in. Many of our travelers find that meetup groups can be very helpful for meeting like-minded people.

Just remember that World Explores is first and foremost an independent travel program. You need to be a self-starter to make sure you find things to do in your free while your host parents are at work and your host brothers and sisters are at school.

DO I NEED A VISA TO STAY IN BRAZIL?

Yes, you do need a visa to enter Brazil. It is easy to obtain a 90 day tourist visa through your local Brazilian Consulate. You will need to make sure you apply far enough in advance to make sure you have the visa by your departure date.

HOW LONG CAN I STAY WITH MY HOST FAMILY?

Our partner agency in Brazil limits the homestay durations to a two month maximum. We are happy to assist you make travel arrangements to other parts of Brazil during your last month.

WILL I BE ABLE TO VIST OTHER PARTS OF BRAZIL?

Most of our participants jump at the chance to visit Rio de Janeiro during their stay in Brazil. Seeing the infamous Christ the Redeemer statue looming over you while lying on the white sand beaches of Copacabana is an unforgettable experience. There are also wonderful restaurants, a beautiful botanical garden and a historical city center to explore and enjoy!

If you are looking for an even more urban adventure, a city like São Paulo may be exactly what you’re looking for! There is never a shortage of interesting diversions. Do you like street art? Go check out Beco do Batman and see some amazing work by Brazilian graffiti artists. Did you know that São Paulo hosts the second largest Japanese population outside of Japan? You can even hit up an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet in Liberdade. You will love exploring the historic downtown, riding the maze of metros, walking through the beautiful parks and getting to know the people of São Paulo.

But there is much more to Brazil than these two major cities. Comparable to New York and Los Angeles in the US, São Paulo and Rio only represent a small portion of this enormous, beautiful country. There is a lush coastline and a vast, tropical interior to enjoy as well.

IS IT SAFE TO VISIT BRAZIL?

Our partner agency will make sure that you have a 24-hour in-country support system throughout your stay in Brazil. Our placements are always in safe neighborhoods where you can easily get around on your own with public transportation. Always be aware of your surroundings when traveling to foreign countries.

Cost Calculator

We understand that keeping the World Explorers cost down is as important as the life-changing experience you will enjoy. Hence, we prepared a cost calculator which shows the cost of the program (excluding airfare) compared to the cost of a standard vacation. The prices are calculated according to the destination chosen, the arrival and departure dates, and the length of your stay. The length of your stay is an especially important factor: the longer you stay abroad, the cheaper the cost per day becomes.

CHI is a non-profit organization, but we still have fixed costs that are necessary for running the program. Our overseas partners are actually for-profit, and we must take that into consideration as well. Our partners do the work to find and screen excellent host families that match your interests and needs!

Do you have questions about your trip costs? Do you have questions about Brazil? We are here to serve you!

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What other world explorers have to say

  • As the Program Manager of World Explorers, I had to find out how the program really works by doing it! I had an absolutely amazing experience in São Paulo, Brazil in the fall of 2013. I stayed with my two host brothers, Joao and Paolo, for one month. Both of my hosts were close to my own age, so we basically just hung out and got to know each other. My host brothers wanted to learn the lyrics to American songs, and watch movies and videos. Both of my host brothers worked at a bank, but during different shifts. Their schedules allowed me to tutor them individually - one in the morning, and one in the evening. In my free time, I got to explore the city on my own and met some other great Brazilians. I was also able to volunteer teaching English to some other students through the partner agency in Brazil. I had the weekends to travel and I went to the beach in Ubatuba and also up the coast to Rio. I still keep in touch with my Brazilian friends via Facebook and I plan to visit them again one day!

    Heidi Smith World Explorer in Brazil, September 2013

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