Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 4-8
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower No
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Western toilet Yes
  • Towels No
  • Mosquito protection No
  • Fan Yes
  • Air conditioning No

Program & Schedule

During this culture week you will learn more about the people and places that influence Brazilian culture, get an insight into the language and have the chance to get a taste of the Brazilian cuisine. You will visit a nice beach, a zoo with some amazing, exotic animals, as well as visit local theaters and monuments. This program is for anyone that is interested in in other cultures. During this week you will get to know your new surroundings and get a firsthand understanding of the Brazilian way of life.

Aims & Objectives

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.

Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Culture introduction
  • Language class
  • Lunch
  • Sightseeing around the village
  • Language class
  • Welcome dinner

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit a theatre
  • Visit to different monuments
  • Lunch
  • Sightseeing in downtown, shopping street
  • Dinner

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to a cultural center
  • Lunch
  • Visit zoo / nature park
  • Dinner

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Relax at the beach
  • Lunch
  • We visit the Zoo
  • Cooking class
  • We eat what we have cooked for dinner.

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit provincial museum
  • Lunch
  • Visit local market
  • Project discussion
  • Dinner
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements.

Living & Location

You will be situated amid the beautiful Brazilian City of Manaus, which has a long history that has also included another name (Barra do Rio Negro). Manaus is located in northwestern Brazil, right in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, and has a population of two million.

Although this magnificent city is 1400 km inland - away from the Atlantic Ocean, the water isn’t far away at all, as it just happens to be where the Rio Negro joins the Solimões to form the Amazon River. The river tours here are amazing, and if you get lucky, you may even spot some pink dolphins. If not, there are plenty of river beaches, where you will count yourself just as lucky to relax and enjoy yourself underneath their lush trees.

With its river access and close proximity to to the rainforest, this city can basically offer everything Amazona. From flora to fauna to indigenous tribal traditions, Manaus is fast becoming quite popular. Yet, it has been able to retain its own unique sense of charm and mystique by keeping its strong culture alive.

You will either be staying at the participant house or in a homestay where you will be living in a real brazilian home with one of our students.

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.

Facilities

There are all facilities in Manaus that you ever might need.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

There’s lots of things for you to do over the weekend. There are some amazing waterfalls to explore, there are different river tours that you can take, you might want to visit one of the many cultural centers, you can go down to the beach for the day or maybe, just go into central Manaus for some shopping, the choice is yours.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Federative Republic of Brazil

Population:        206 million

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.

North region

The north area of Brazil covers a great part of the Amazon basin. This area is very hot and humid, especially in the jungle. The median temperature here ranges from 24°C to 26°C with way higher temperatures during the summer. Rain here is not uncommon during summer and autumn.

Northeast region

The maximum temperature here is around 40°C, although the the average is between 20°C and 28°C. During winter months, mainly June and July, the minimum temperature is between 12°C and 16°C in the coastal regions.

Middle-West region

This region is well provided with rain. 70% of the rain occurs during November to March. It has a typical tropical climate, with a dry season during the winter. The minimum temperature ranges from 8°C to 18°C, but the temperature can go to negative during the coldest months. The summer is of course warmer, but wet, the temperature in this region ranges from 24°C to 26°C. The hottest month is September, which usually is hotter than 30°C everyday.

Southeast region

In the summer the temperature varies between 30°C to 32°C. January is the hottest month here and can be very humid. But in the winter it can get as cold as -4°C to 8°C and is usually very dry with a dry season of 2 to 6 months.

South region

The winter here is cold and the summer is warm. Here rain and maybe even storms is not uncommon during the summer. The annual median temperature is between 6°C and 12°C even though the thermometer frequently register temperatures around 0°C. The summer is warmer, with temperatures around 25°C. In the lower areas it can get even hotter than that.

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 colorful 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 colorful 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.