Famoso por sus bosques lluviosos, playas y una vida urbana llena de vida.  La sociedad brasileña incluye a gentes de raíces aborígenes, portuguesas, europeas y africanas.  Brasil es el país del carnaval, una celebración famosa a nivel mundial, y de festivales de barrios, desfiles callejeros y una escena musical como ninguna otra en el mundo.

Los adolescentes de Brasil se relacionan entre sí visitándose en sus casas en los fines de semana, o reuniéndose en los cafés o en el centro del pueblo.  Hay muchas ferias nacionales a lo largo del año. Los adolescentes a menudo toman cursos de idiomas después del colegio en institutos privados, o estudian música, arte o danza. Los colegios rara vez ofrecen actividades extracurriculares, pero hay muchas organizaciones comunitarias a las que uno puede unirse como voluntario, para aprender sobre la comunidad y para hacer amigos. Los deportes, particularmente el fútbol, son muy populares para chicos y chicas.  


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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