From the Amazon River and Rainforest to Iguaçu Falls and the bustling cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil boasts 62 National Parks and some of the most famous attractions in the world. Brazil holds several records for its wildlife numbers and diversity. While Brazil suffers from horrible economic divides, the people are hospitable and hold strong to their traditions. If you’re looking to gain new perspectives, learn the traditions of local communities, and perform meaningful work while exploring one the world’s most astonishing countries, then taking a gap year in Brazil may just be the greatest time of your life!

From colonial towns such as Ouro Preto, to hidden Amazon villages, Brazil is for the daring, the passionate, and the most curious of gappers. It’s charming coastal and mountain towns will captivate you. It’s culture and art may just make your heart Samba, and its pristine beaches are perfect for reading the poetic beauty of Brazil’s many great authors. Brazil is perfect for the gapper who loves diversity and is not afraid of getting lost in an enchanted land!


Brazil is one of the most popular destinations for volunteers. There are many advantages to making Brazil your volunteer abroad destination. The country possesses magnificent beaches, wide expanses of unspoiled wilderness, and one of the most vibrant and musical cultures in the world. The astonishing Amazon rain forests make Brazil a favored destination for both ecotourists and volunteers looking to take part in conservation efforts. There are hundreds of conservation programs willing to work with gappers to create an adaptable schedule.

Currently, Brazil is a progressive country with a rapidly rising economy, but there are still many disadvantaged children in urban slums and poor rural areas. Stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty, volunteers are needed to work with these Brazilian citizens to improve their prospects through education. There are few things more fulfilling than rescuing a street child from a life of desperation. The simple patience and dedication of volunteers makes a colossal difference in their future.

Adventure Travel

Adventure travel offers the gapper fun jobs to do while exploring Brazil’s many exotic locations. For example, a gapper could work for a Carnaval Program, helping locals prepare for Brazil's biggest party of the year! Gappers can also get involved in youth sports programs, providing a recreational outlet to youth from low-income backgrounds. There are plenty of fun opportunities for the adventurous gapper to help the country while having the time of his/her life!

If you go to Brazil, make sure to visit the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. This Brazilian landmark stands hundreds of feet tall, watching over the city as a reminder of Brazilian history and cultural ties to Catholicism. It’s truly a remarkable sight (even if your not religious).

You can also bike ride along the Iguazu Falls, a magical place to see rainbows bursting through the mist. This is also a great way to see Brazil's diverse wildlife. Every day scientists are discovering more species than they can keep track of!

Nothing beats the Amazon jungle. Here, you can see animals native to Brazil as well as the huge diversity of its trees and flowers, truly second to none. Hang glide, rock climb, bungee jump, or backpack through the wilderness, Brazil is a country that has everything an adventurer could ever dream of!


Brazil has experienced economic growth as it pursues industrial and agricultural development. Unfortunately this growth has come from exploiting vast natural resources and a large labor pool. While Brazil is South America’s leading economic power, income distribution is highly unequal and crime remains a pressing problem.

Conservation and environmental internships in Brazil give interns the meaningful opportunity to protect the biologically diversity of the Amazon rainforest. International Internships usually offer both on-site orientation and on-site support to make sure interns get a full internship abroad experience. International internships in Brazil give gappers an edge when returning home and entering the competitive job market.

Many internships will work around your schedule, allowing you to explore the delicious restaurants throughout the cities and travel to Brazil’s many monuments and landmarks. While Brazil is still struggling in many ways, the country’s economy is growing faster than any other South American country’s. Brazil offers more than 30 fields to work in including but not limited to Art, Computer Science, Finance, and Zoology.

Cost of Living in Brazil

Prices in Brazil vary to an extreme degree. For example, Rio De Janeiro and São Paulo have been ranked amongst the top fifteen most expensive cities in the world. Even modest living in these bustling cities can cost more than living in New York City! However, the price plummets drastically when you travel to the countryside and surrounding suburbs, but due to Brazil’s large economic divide, living in these areas will require large sacrifices from the gapper. As with every other country, living with luxury will be drastically more expensive. Luckily many programs will work within your budget to accommodate your needs. Study up and find the best program for your needs.

Culture and Etiquette in Brazil

Brazil is full of life and color. For hundreds of years its heritage and culture have been in the making by diverse ethnic and cultural groups. This glorious mix of cultures have created astonishing expressions such as bossa nova, capoeira. Brazil’s strong cultural resilience sustains as indigenous peoples and African-Brazilians reaffirm their sense of identity through strife.

While handshakes are expected and will suffice. Brazilians are a passionate people. As you get to know your friends, it is not uncommon for men to hug, and give Brazilian women a kiss on the cheek. Family is extremely important to Brazilians and the closer you get to a new friend, the more you’ll be thought of as a member of the family.

Brazil has an amazing blend of Portuguese and Hispanic traditions. This cultural clash has lead to many unique artistic developments. Every gapper should explore Brazil’s many museums, literary establishments, musical clubs, film theaters, and religious monuments. As a primarily Catholic country, Brazil is filled with gorgeous churches with jaw-dropping architecture. Brazil has produced a long history of great folklore, literature, and poetry. A few of Brazil’s finest thinkers include: Jorge Amado, Joyce Cavalccante, Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Vinicius de Moraes and many many others.

Health and Safety in Brazil

Traces of the Zika virus have been found in Brazil. To learn more about Zika and how to avoid getting infected, read the Washington Post's article on Zika precautions.

Being a tropical country, most of Brazil’s potentially serious illnesses are carried and transmitted by mosquitoes. While in Brazil try not to use perfumes and after-shaves, and always use a mosquito net when you go to sleep. Remember, there are major illnesses that you may contract such as malaria and dengue fever, so make sure to have the proper vaccinations before entering the country.

The drinking water is variable throughout the country, but for the most part it is best to avoid tap water and drink bottled water as much as possible. Brazilian restaurants, while delicious, are not held to the same regulatory standards as restaurants in the U.S. or Western Europe. However, the food is definitely worth the stomachaches. Pepto Bismal to the rescue!

Gap Year Programs in Brazil

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Cultural Homestay International
Teach English to a Host Family in Brazil with CHI!
9.5 •2 reviews

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Tru Experience Travel
Gap Year Volunteering with TRU Experience Travel
Multiple Countries
10 •8 reviews

Have you ever wanted to use your skills in less developed parts of the...

Rotary International
Volunteer with the Rotary Youth Exchange in Brazil
10 •1 review

South America's giant, Brazil is a seductive country with dazzling...

A+ World Academy
Sail Around the World with A+ World Academy High School & Gap Year
Multiple Countries
9.67 •6 reviews

A+ World Academy has one of the most unique programs settings in the...

Seamester: South Africa to Caribbean - 90 Days
Multiple Countries
10 •5 reviews

This voyage is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail aboard S/Y...

Global Citizen Year
Global Citizen Year - Gap Year Program Brazil
9.14 •7 reviews

Global Citizen Year is a non-profit social enterprise forging a new...

Gap 360
The South America Journey
Multiple Countries
8 •1 review

Start in Quito, Ecuador and end in Rio de Janeiro and explore the...

ETIV do Brasil
Teaching English / English Program Coordinator Position in a Beautiful Beach Town in Brazil!

English teaching opportunity available to volunteers or interns...

United Planet
Gap Year: 6-month + Service Learning Opportunities in Brazil with United Planet

Join United Planet for a gap year abroad in Brazil! No other place...

Oyster Worldwide
Gap Year Sports and Teaching Program in Brazil

Join Oyster on our inspirational volunteer project in the city of Sao...

Brazilian Lingo School
Gap Year in Maceió, the Brazilian Caribbean

Life’s short and so is this adventure! With that in mind, we designed...

Pangaea Abroad
Pangaea Innovators Summer Program in Brazil

Travel to Brazil on our 14 days Pangaea Innovators Summer Program...

Take a Gap Year with Rise Globe in Brazil

During Rise Semester, students will gain all theoretical knowledge...

Rosemary Dream
Personal Development Program in Brazil

The Heart Attack Program is the next wave of program. A carefully...

Gap Year Volunteering in Brazil

Volunteering is a great way to experience Brazil on your gap year
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    IPBio - Biodiversity Research Institute
    Biodiversity Research Institute in the Tropical Forest of Brazil
    9.59 •104 reviews

    The Biodiversity Research Institute (IPBio) is a place where research...

  • Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad - IKPVA
    Truly the Most Affordable Program in Brazil from $400/2 weeks
    9.49 •45 reviews

    Iko Poran offers a wide range of safe, affordable and responsible...

  • FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine
    Animal Release Center in the Tropical Atlantic Forest
    9.8 •20 reviews

    FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine was founded by the couple Martine Schmid...

  • Amigos de Iracambi - Iracambi Rainforest Research Center
    Rainforest Restoration & Sustainability
    9.88 •8 reviews

    Join us in one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots on the...

  • ETIV do Brasil
    Volunteer or Intern in a Beautiful Surf Town in Brazil
    8.5 •10 reviews

    ETIV do Brasil is located in the beautiful fishing and surfing town of...

  • Eco Caminhos
    Learn about bio-construction & sustainable living 2 hours from Rio
    9.8 •5 reviews

    Do you want to live sustainably and learn how to bioconstruct your own...

  • Iris Social
    Amazon Expedition - Experience the Brazilian Amazon and Volunteer
    9.67 •3 reviews

    Amazon Expedition is an experience in the heart of a Brazilian Reserve...

  • One World Center
    10-Month: Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor
    Multiple Countries
    9.4 •5 reviews

    This is a volunteer abroad program on global poverty and sustainable...

  • Movement Exchange
    Volunteer, Dance, and Discover Art, Culture & History with Movement Exchange
    Multiple Countries
    10 •2 reviews

    Travel, learn international dance, gain teaching experience, and have...

Gap Year Teaching in Brazil

Teaching provides an opportunity to work and live in Brazil during your gap year
  • BridgeAbroad
    Teach English in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!
    9.33 •6 reviews

    Teach English in Brazil! Get TEFL certified in exotic Rio de Janeiro...

  • Brazilian Experience
    Language TeachingCenter
    Multiple Countries

    An opportunity to work as an English language teacher in one of the...

  • Teach Anywhere
    Teach English Across South America
    Multiple Countries

    A continent as dazzling and exotic as the countries that comprise it...

  • Nikitas Language Abroad Schools
    Affordable Teach English Program in Brazil

    The Nikitas Language Abroad Schools Teach English in Brazil program...

  • Centro Educacional Leonardo da Vinci
    Preschool/Kindergarten Bilingual Program

    Centro Educacional Leonardo da Vinci is a private school located in...

  • Brazilian Language and Culture Program
    Teach in Brazil & Study Portuguese

    Independent ESL school located in a mid-size town in the south of...

  • 4YOU2 Teach
    4YOU2 Teach | Teach English in Brazil

    Are you ready to join our team and change education in Brazil? What is...

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