Gap Year in Brazil

Thinking about taking a gap year to Brazil? Experience the magic of this vibrant South American destination for yourself and live, work or travel in places like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. 


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Brazil gap year

Thinking about taking a gap year in South America? Brazil is a huge country with lots to see and do - you really need to add this country to your itinerary.

Brazil covers nearly half of South America and with a population of over 190 million people - no wonder they are so good at football! This country has great nightlife, friendly people who have a real passion for football and life. 

Just mentioning the name Brazil seems to perk imaginations more so than most other countries. It’s renowned for its natural beauty, exotic ecosystems and diverse culture. It’s also rapidly developing and gaining in popularity as it hosted the 2014 FIFA world cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. But above all, the most important factor to remember when planning on backpacking or travelling around Brazil is: it’s HUGE.

There is a dazzling string of great cities along its coast - the pulse-pounding resort of Rio de Janeiro; sprawling, metropolitan Sao Paulo; and, further north, entrancing canals and bustling piers of Recife. The locals are football crazy, try to engage them in conversation and they will love chatting to you. Try to learn Portuguese phrases to help your experience. If you do not speak Portuguese and would like to see the highlights we highly recommend a gap year experience which includes transport, accommodation and selected meals.


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Best Things to Do on a Gap Year in Brazil

Essential things to do on your gap year in Brazil include seeing:

  • Bustling cities like Rio De Janerio, Bahia and Sao Paulo
  • The Foz De Igazu falls is a long journey from anywhere but the waterfalls are some of the best in the world 
  • The Amazon and the Pantanal is highly advised if you like nature / wildlife
  • Bahia and Natal are also recommended
  • Underrated destinations include Curitiba, Fortaleza, Jericoacoara and Belo Horizonte

You will experience the best of Brazilian culture - eat the food, drink the drink & enjoy the music and atmosphere of this country. Be open to trying the local food, it is very tasty and healthy. Options include feijoada, rice and beans, tacacá, acarajé and coconut. There are lots of different gap year programs available to join all year round and you can search options and book a dream experience today. 



"I volunteered teaching English and helping children and communities with a grassgroots organisation in Rio. It was an inspiring experience. I met some really nice people a lot of which I'm still friends with today. We used to organise events and games to give children and locals things to do to with the aim of giving some guidance. I really improved my Portuguese too." - Emily, UK

"I am from the United States and volunteered on IPBio’s Betary Reserve in Brazil for 5 months in total. I highly recommend volunteering with IPBio, as I had a very positive experience" - Tess, USA

"Thank you for your support throughout my time in Brazil. I've made friends to last a life time and have memories which will inspire me to act when I see those in trouble and pain for as long as I live." - Emily Parr, participant with Oyster Worldwide.


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