Friday, 1 May 2015

Five things to expect from expat life in Brazil

Brazil is one of the most vibrant cultural centres in the world, home to beautiful landscapes and some of the world’s most delicious cuisine – so it is not a surprise that the country is one of the most popular expat destinations.  However, expats are not just travelling to Brazil for its culture; the country’s competitive economy is the seventh largest in the world, and with Rio de Janeiro set to host the 2016 Olympics, this metropolitan hub is becoming one of the world’s most fashionable international business hubs.

Here are 5 things you can expect from expat life in Brazil: 

1) Day Trips
With so much to see in Brazil, expats in Brazil treat the weekends as an opportunity to explore more of the country.  Taking weekend road trips is an important part of expat culture in Brazil and is made easy by Brazil’s excellent transport links.  Don’t just tick off postcard destinations like the Corcovado or Copacabana beach, however. Discover your own corner of Brazil from the winding back streets of Slalvador to the “Boteco” (Brazilian bars) that only you and a handful of locals know about.

2) A warm welcome
Respondents of the 2014 Expat Explorer survey commented that Brazil is one of the friendliest countries in the world,  scoring highly for making local friends and integrating into the local community. 

As one Expat commented:

3) Falling in love with the local cuisine
Over eight in ten (83%) expats told us in the 2014 Expat Explorer survey that they enjoyed Brazil’s local cuisine, (compared with a global average of 72%), with 73% commenting that they shop for local produce at independent markets rather than supermarkets as much as possible.  Sao Paulo is the country’s cosmopolitan expat hub, and also provides the most varied dining. Whether you’re splashing out in the city’s world class restaurants or opting for simple street food, Sao Paulo combines Brazilian cooking with European, Indian and African flavours. Don’t be surprised if you end up falling in love with Brazilian Pizza…

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4) Learn to love lunchtime
In Brazil, the term ‘lunch hour’ is extremely loose.  Brazilians like to enjoy their local cuisine as much as possible, and often indulge in ‘kilo buffets’ over their lunch hour.  Check out our blog for more tips on adjusting to the more thoughtful pace of working life in Brazil.

5) Becoming a part of the chaos
Expats in Brazil comment the only way to settle in is to get stuck in!  Brazil’s loud culture can be overwhelming, but do not be off put by this.  Locals will admire your attempts at the samba and joining in with festival celebrations.

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