With its delicious food, diverse population, and world-famous festivals, Brazil is an ideal place to immerse yourself in a new culture. By living with a host family and attending a local high school, you’ll learn the ins and outs of Brazilian daily life. This is your chance to step outside your comfort zone and rewrite your high school experience. Why not spend a year or semester swaying your hips to the Samba, enjoying churrasco (Brazilian barbeque), and forming lifelong bonds with family and friends?
Things to know about Brazil
You’ll notice that Portuguese sounds quite different from Spanish when spoken, but when written the two languages are actually very similar. Brazilians tend to be expressive; they usually talk and laugh loudly and touch each other during a conversation. You can expect to be kissed on the cheek up to three times when you meet someone or say goodbye. Fashion is a hobby for many Brazilians, so you’ll have the opportunity to check out new trends and add on to your wardrobe. You might also hear people talking with pride about the jeitinho, or the particular Brazilian way of finding creative solutions to everyday problems.