Brazilians live life to the full whether they are watching football, surfing or partying in carnival season.  It is hard to resist the buzz and enthusiasm of the country and even harder not to be bowled over by the beauty of the coast, the Iguacu falls and for the more intrepid traveller – the Amazon too.

Don’t forget that Brazil is not only the world’s fifth most populous country but also one of its most diverse.  Brazil’s culture is a wonderful mix of colonial Portuguese mixed with Dutch, French and African influences.  Apart from the beautiful and varied architecture, visitors are reminded of Brazil’s heritage every time they tuck into healthy Brazilian food.  There is a lot of African cooking as well as delicious succulent barbequed meats and fresh tropical ingredients.

Any visitor to Brazil should try or at least watch Capoeria dancing.  It originates from the time of slave ships from Africa when shackled slaves danced to keep their sanity and to live.  It looks like a cross between martial arts and synchronised acrobatics done to the sound of drum beat.

Brazilians are particularly gripped with sport. Children wearing football clothing is a common sight across Brazil as is street football.  If you are not a football fan, do not worry but do read up on what your national team is doing as you are bound to be asked! If you love sport, volunteer as a sports coach in Brazil.

We have a number of volunteer opportunities in Brazil. Oyster sends volunteers to the Sao Paulo area of Brazil.  Volunteering in Brazil has proved a popular choice for anyone with a good rapport with young people as well as a willingness to learn Portuguese.  Fortunately the full immersion in Portuguese and one-to-one lessons you get make life as a volunteer in Brazil less daunting.

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