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Brazil is exceptionally beautiful and not only known for the Rio carnival but also for its memorable fun filled football carnival and a number of other lively and inviting cultural festivals. Be it the music which is a treat for ears or the very flashy samba, Brazil has it all. If Sao Palao is urban at its best, Bahia sure has preserved its cultural heritage and flaunts it well. Brasilia, the capital city, is one of the most well planned cities in the world. On top of those destinations, Iguacu falls has got that extra something that you just cannot ignore and gives you a feeling of serenity that is unrivalled. It really is hard to describe why Brazil is so special and what makes it different from the rest of the world. It just is.
So what if you want more than just a vacation in Brazil. Maybe two weeks in South America is not enough. Maybe you want to escape the rat race and your boring desk job. Maybe you are simply in love with Brazilian flavour and the culture. Either way, the good news is that there are options out there if you are serious about moving, living and working in Brazil.
Life In Brazil
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and is situated in South America. It is also the fifth most populous country of the world and possesses the tenth largest economy of the world. This is a fact that surprises many people when they realize how much money is existent in certain parts of the country, and how much opportunity is there. There is a very big difference from area to area though and a major difference when comparing the rich to the poor. You do have the opportunity to live very cheap in Brazil, or spend thousands a month depending on your chosen lifestyle.
Brazil has a very multicultural population. About 55% of the population is European, 39 % of it is mixed race and 5% each are of African and Japanese heritage. Its estimated population is 155 million, though the current population rate is slowing down quite dramatically. A small reason for the decrease is the increase in retirees and expats moving to the country to indulge in what it has to offer.
Brazil is a multi religious state. Since 1889 Brazil ceased to have an official religion, once the constitution of the country was set forth. The majority of the people are Roman Catholic but Candomble is another religion that is followed closely by the people of Brazil.
As far as languages go, there are many languages in Brazil with Portugese being recognized as the official language. It is not uncommon to hear as many as 4 different languages in certain parts of the country, and English is abundant in larger, more populated areas.
The Climate varies from hot and dry in the dry interior to humid tropical rainforests of the Amazon jungle. Mountainous regions in Brazil may be cold during winters but the coastal region is generally hot. Rainy seasons vary according to the region and the months of the year.
The most popular means of income for citizens of Brazil tend to revolve around fishing, farming and sea trading traditionally. However there are also a number of big businesses that have set up shop in the country and a number of opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industries.
Travel and Work in Brazil
Brazil is by far the most visited country in South America, thus airfare to the country is reasonable as long as you seek out the best deal and consider booking a flight in the off season. Many international airlines serve Brazil which makes it very accessible and easy to comparison shop when looking for accommodations, flights and everything else in between.
Brazil welcomes you all year round but you may consider some weather particularities and conditions if you intend to travel to the Amazon or Pantanal. It is wise to take more than price into account as days of rain can really put a damper on your getaway, literally.
Finding a Job in Brazil
One of the best ways to find jobs in Brazil is through referrals and personal leads. It is a strong emerging economy and thus it leads to a lot of employment in the following sectors of IT, engineering, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, human resources and business and networking groups. This sets Brazil apart from a number of work abroad destinations where you may only be able to find employment via a hotel, restaurant or even online.
Work Visa in Brazil
Trying to get a visa permit in order to work can be a lengthy process. Some diplomatic missions may still accept mail-in visa applications but none guarantee a rush service. So, it is advisable to make visa arrangements weeks before the actual date of plan of action, in order to stay on time with your itinerary and not have any unexpected setbacks.
Cost of Living Brazil
When it comes to standard of living, Brazil ranks numero uno in South America. Even still the cost of living is relatively cheap in comparison to North America and Europe. The official currency of Brazil is Real or BRL. 1 real = 0.545 USD. Prices in Brazil shot up in recent years thanks to the gains in local currency against the USD. Pay scale depends upon the job title, skill, proficiency and education. Software engineers may fetch any thing in between 20,000 to 40,000 BRL, whereas an IT official easily fetches a salary in between 1,20,000 to 1,40,000 BRL. Thus, the pay scale and the standard of living does vary from person to person depending on a number of factors.
In the end though, it is important to realize that there are opportunities to find employment in Brazil that will pay you well and allow you to bank money and live on less. Will you wake up and have this opportunities banging down your door? Probably not. If you want to find the perfect opportunity in Brazil you are going to have to make the effort on your own. Network, reach out to people, visit Brazil and search out job vacancies and discover the areas where you would like to live.
Tropical islands, rainforests, pristine beaches, a flavorful culture, a reasonable cost of living and a high standard of living are just some of the things that Brazil has to offer. However, it is important to remember that Brazil is a very large country and there are no set standards or rules that extend from border to border. There are overpriced cities, there are run down communities and there are challenges ahead. Your best bet is to stock up on some of your savings and take a trip to Brazil first. Grab your backpack and explore South America’s giant and all the colors, festivities, tropical islands and picturesque colonial towns.
If you fit in well, find a place you love, and feel that Brazil is the place for you then you can move on and take the next step. While you may love the idea of what Brazil has to offer and want to jump right in, it is best that you treat the country like a cold wading pool. Dip one toe in at a time, get comfortable and then wade deeper and deeper to ensure that your body can deal with the transition.