Trip Details

During your Brazil Culture Week you will learn more about the country, learn some of the language and get a taste of delicious Brazilian cuisine. You will visit a nice beach, a zoo with some amazing exotic animals and see local attractions and monuments.

This programme is for anyone curious about Brazilian culture. It will help you get a reasonable understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Brazil society. It is aimed at those who will be spending a prolonged period in the country. However, it is also available as a stand-alone programme. Its emphasis is on educational factors, such as the language, cooking, cultural and historical aspects of Brazil.

The purpose of this program is to help you get a reasonable understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Brazil’s society. It is aimed at those who will be spending a prolonged period in the country. However, it is also available as a stand-alone program. Its emphasis is on educational factors, such as the language, cooking, cultural and historical aspects of Brazil.

Trip Itinerary

Learn more about Brazil, bond with fellow participants, and immerse yourself in the area and culture. This is your kick start into a new country and way of life!

Our culture week is a must for you to truly indulge into your new surroundings. Through language and cooking lessons, visits to the beach, important local buildings as well as lesser-known attractions and meeting locals, you will surely be introduced to the country’s culture, traditions, history and lifestyle.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Cultural introduction
  • Lunch
  • Getting to know the local community (walking around the neighbourhood and surroundings)
  • Language class (2hr.)
  • Dinner

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to the historical centre of São Paulo,, includes visit to a Mirante and the Museo Afro
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to a cultural centre, parque Birapuera
  • Lunch
  • Free Time
  • Dinner

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to the local school where the kids normally attend
  • Lunch
  • Visit to the Shopping centre of São Paulo
  • Dinner

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit local market
  • Cooking class we eat what we have cooked for lunch
  • Lunch
  • Project discussion
  • Dinner

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

You will be located in São Paulo. It is a Brazilian municipality (south of the city), capital of the homonymous state and main financial, corporate and mercantile centre of South America. It is the most populous city in Brazil, the American continent, Lusofonia and the entire southern hemisphere. Jardim Ângela/ Jardim Aracati is a district in the south of the municipality of São Paulo, . It is located on the banks of the Guarapiranga Dam, on the north bank.

Accommodation & Food

You will either be staying at the participant house or  a home-stay where you will be living in a Brazilian home with one of our students. Our accommodation is basic rooms with 1-4 people per room.

Food Arrangements
All the meals served at the accommodation will be typically Brazilian, including rice dishes, potatoes, beans, spaghetti, meat, sandwiches and vegetables. Water, coffee and tea are available all day.

Sights & Surroundings
There are many things for you to do on the weekend. Museums, bars, cultural centres, restaurants, shopping places, cultural activities. There are nearby cities with beaches 90 kilometres away from the accommodation.

  • Santos beach: A famous beach which is 3 hours from your accommodation, locals favourite place for the weekends and or holidays.
  • Sao Paulo Capital: Attractions include famous parks, museums, theatres and a vibrate night life.
  • Sao Paulo Interior where there are mountains and ecological walks and camping places.
  • Hoppi Hari Park: very large park with endless mechanical games and rides
  • Mirapuera Park where there are several museums of Afro and of modern art.
  • Villa-Lobos State Park: Skating and cycling are possible here, bicycles and skates are rented.
  • Embu das Artes town: A famous handicrafts fair market close by to Sao Paulo Available every

 

Trip Country Info

Brazil

Capital: Brasilia
Language: Portuguese
Currency: Real (R$)
Time zone: BRT (UTC-2 to -5)

Country Information
Brazil is a huge country that possesses a great variety of natural wonders, interesting culture, a bustling nightlife, a diverse wildlife, beautiful beaches, wonderful festivals, scrumptious food, samba dancing, and much, much more.

Brazil comes from the Portuguese word for brazilwood, a tree that once grew plentifully along the Brazilian coast. Brazil is the fifth biggest country in the world and is bordered by all countries in South America except for Ecuador and Chile. This big country covers 47% of the continents land area. Brazil contains a major portion of the Amazon river basin and contains one third of Latin America’s population.

Climate
Brazil is something of an all-year round destination with temperatures rarely below 20°C, except for in the mountains and southern regions. The climate in Brazil varies from hot and dry along the coast to humid and sticky in the tropical rainforest of Amazon jungle. The summer in Brazil runs from December to February and the winter is from June to September. Since Brazil covers almost half of the South American continent the climate varies a lot between the regions.

Culture
The Brazilian culture is one of the world’s most varied and diverse as it has been greatly influenced by Portuguese and African people, as well as other European countries like Italy, Germany and Spain. This diverse cultural background has helped boast many celebrations and festivals that have become known around the world. One of them is the colourful Carnival of Brazil which is an annual carnival held 51 days before Easter. The carnival is the most famous holiday here and has become an event of huge proportions. For almost a week festivities are intense, day and night, mainly in the bigger and coastal cities. They are wearing masks and colourful costumes and dance to the beat of drums and music. During this time shops can close down to join the parade and dance their way through the city till late evening.

Portuguese is the national “language” in Brazil, but it has it’s differences when compared with European Portuguese. This is because the Brazilian Portuguese has incorporated words and phrases from the African and Indigenous people. Brazil has over 180 Indigenous languages that are mostly spoken in rural areas.

Gastronomy
The food scene in Brazil is a culinary melting pot merging influences from all over the world. It varies a lot between the regions, they have their own way of cooking and their own traditional dishes. The brazilian people love to cook with their fresh fruit and vegetables like okra, coconuts corn and beans. Many national dishes contains beans, rice or manioc (cassava) flour. A very popular dish here contains just rice and beans. In variation to rice and beans, Brazilians also eat pasta dishes and of course, pizza, usually made in a wood-fire oven with a thin, flexible crust.

Feijoada is often described as the national dish here, especially in Rio de Janeiro, as other parts of Brazil have their own regional dishes. The dish contains black beans, a variety of salted pork or beef product, and at least two types of sausages and jerked beef. In some regions vegetable or banana is added to the stew at the end of the cooking. It is usually served with white rice and oranges on a Saturday afternoon or for Sunday lunch.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa