Brazil Gap Years

Overview and Highlights

Brazil will be forever associated with samba, football, the Amazon and one of the biggest parties in the world: the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. But scratch the surface and gap year visitors to this huge and multifarious nation will discover so much more. Few countries offer such a melting pot of ecological and cultural diversity and travellers to the world’s fifth largest nation are in for a treat.

It’s not all about the well-known highlights such as the Amazon rainforest and beaches of course. The gigantic sand dunes of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park are a sight to behold, while the Pantanal wetlands, the largest tropical wetlands in the world, offer a unique ecological experience. Watch out for piranhas though!

The music of Brazil is eclectic, exciting and compels you to get up and dance, especially after a caipirinha or two. Indeed music and dance are intrinsic constituents of life in Brazil and watching the samba school perform in either the quadras de samba or at the famed carnival itself is an experience not to be missed.

Brazil Gap Year Companies

We found 17 companies in our database that provide Brazil gap years. Choose one below to learn more.

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CESA Languages Abroadbrand-logoLive in a new country, improve your language skills, mix with native speakers and share the experience with like-minded language learners from across the world! Have fun exploring the CESA world of language learning.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Live in a new country, improve your language skills, mix with native speakers and share the experience with like-minded language learners from across the world! Have fun exploring the CESA world of language learning.
Frontierbrand-logoGap Years, Volunteering and Inspirational Adventures 103,000 Successful Volunteer Placements since 1989.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Gap Years, Volunteering and Inspirational Adventures 103,000 Successful Volunteer Placements since 1989.
Peak Leadersbrand-logoWe've been training ski instructors all over the world for over seventeen years, so when it comes to packing your skis and heading off to the mountains, we know everything there is to know. In fact we've built an experienced team at Peak Leaders who have all been on the same journey as you, so we know exactly what it's like to start a ski instructor training course.Visit Site »
What They Offer: We've been training ski instructors all over the world for over seventeen years, so when it comes to packing your skis and heading off to the mountains, we know everything there is to know. In fact we've built an experienced team at Peak Leaders who have all been on the same journey as you, so we know exactly what it's like to start a ski instructor training course.
Gap Gurubrand-logoGapGuru is a gap travel specialist offering a wide range of exciting gap year volunteering, teaching, travel and internship opportunities across Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.Visit Site »
What They Offer: GapGuru is a gap travel specialist offering a wide range of exciting gap year volunteering, teaching, travel and internship opportunities across Asia, Africa, South America and Europe.
Lattitude Global Volunteeringbrand-logoOur mission is to educate and develop young people worldwide by providing opportunities to volunteer abroad and to make a positive difference to the lives of others through a distinctive, challenging, structured and supported overseas volunteering experience in a culture and community different from their own.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Our mission is to educate and develop young people worldwide by providing opportunities to volunteer abroad and to make a positive difference to the lives of others through a distinctive, challenging, structured and supported overseas volunteering experience in a culture and community different from their own.
Outreach Internationalbrand-logoWe make volunteering abroad possible for gap year students, career break volunteers (those with specialist skills or just wanting a change), and increasingly retired persons who have a life-time of experience and skills to share with a community.Visit Site »
What They Offer: We make volunteering abroad possible for gap year students, career break volunteers (those with specialist skills or just wanting a change), and increasingly retired persons who have a life-time of experience and skills to share with a community.
Project Trustbrand-logoProject Trust has 50 years experience of providing Gap Year opportunities for 17-19 year old school leavers. Since 1967, over 7000 Project Trust volunteers have challenged themselves, learnt about the world and discovered how to be a positive force within it. Now its your turn.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Project Trust has 50 years experience of providing Gap Year opportunities for 17-19 year old school leavers. Since 1967, over 7000 Project Trust volunteers have challenged themselves, learnt about the world and discovered how to be a positive force within it. Now its your turn.
Gapforcebrand-logoWe've been delivering life-changing adventure travel programs for over 20 years. That's why we're a leader in gap year programs.Visit Site »
What They Offer: We've been delivering life-changing adventure travel programs for over 20 years. That's why we're a leader in gap year programs.
POD Volunteeringbrand-logoPod Volunteer is an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world since 2001. Volunteers are needed from 1 - 12 weeks for animal, conservation, child care support, education and teaching, building and community volunteering projectsVisit Site »
What They Offer: Pod Volunteer is an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world since 2001. Volunteers are needed from 1 - 12 weeks for animal, conservation, child care support, education and teaching, building and community volunteering projects
Global Vision Internationalbrand-logoWe're a family-run organisation with an amazing culture and an awesome team of people across the world who are passionate experts in their chosen field and will make your experience a truly unforgettable one (in a good way).Visit Site »
What They Offer: We're a family-run organisation with an amazing culture and an awesome team of people across the world who are passionate experts in their chosen field and will make your experience a truly unforgettable one (in a good way).
Pacific Discoverybrand-logoPacific Discovery offers experiential gap year semester and summer programs abroad to some of the most amazing places on earth. Our programs are deliberate overland journeys, blending authentic immersion in diverse cultures, meaningful service-learning projects, rewarding adventures, wilderness exploration, and personal development.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Pacific Discovery offers experiential gap year semester and summer programs abroad to some of the most amazing places on earth. Our programs are deliberate overland journeys, blending authentic immersion in diverse cultures, meaningful service-learning projects, rewarding adventures, wilderness exploration, and personal development.
Oyster Worldwidebrand-logoOyster Worldwide is a well-regarded gap year travel and responsible travel specialist. Many of our projects were founded in 1999 and have been nurtured and supported by us ever since. We are known for running life-changing gap year programs, giving you the opportunity to make a genuine contribution and for the first class support you receive.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Oyster Worldwide is a well-regarded gap year travel and responsible travel specialist. Many of our projects were founded in 1999 and have been nurtured and supported by us ever since. We are known for running life-changing gap year programs, giving you the opportunity to make a genuine contribution and for the first class support you receive.
Projects Abroadbrand-logoFor over 20 years Projects Abroad have been experts in volunteering abroad, work experience and gap year placements. Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad has now sent nearly 100,000 volunteers from all walks of life to volunteer projects in the developing world.Visit Site »
What They Offer: For over 20 years Projects Abroad have been experts in volunteering abroad, work experience and gap year placements. Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad has now sent nearly 100,000 volunteers from all walks of life to volunteer projects in the developing world.
i-to-ibrand-logoA TEFL course opens doors. Not only will you experience new cultures in a way no tourist ever could, but you'll also meet friends for life whilst sharpening your teaching skills. What's more, there's a huge demand for English teachers worldwide - and all you need is our internationally-recognised i-to-i qualification to start your adventure. Exciting times!Visit Site »
What They Offer: A TEFL course opens doors. Not only will you experience new cultures in a way no tourist ever could, but you'll also meet friends for life whilst sharpening your teaching skills. What's more, there's a huge demand for English teachers worldwide - and all you need is our internationally-recognised i-to-i qualification to start your adventure. Exciting times!
The Leapbrand-logoWith The Leap, every program on offer involves variety. You'll travel to several different places across the country you've chosen to visit, and take part in all sorts of activities along the way. One week you could be entertaining local kids whilst living with an indigenous tribe, the next you could be taking surf lessons on the Pacific Ocean.Visit Site »
What They Offer: With The Leap, every program on offer involves variety. You'll travel to several different places across the country you've chosen to visit, and take part in all sorts of activities along the way. One week you could be entertaining local kids whilst living with an indigenous tribe, the next you could be taking surf lessons on the Pacific Ocean.
Travellers Worldwidebrand-logoEnrich your life and change you and the lives of others with a volunteering holiday as a vacation, on a gap year or career break, or by gaining valuable work experience to boost your CV/ResumeVisit Site »
What They Offer: Enrich your life and change you and the lives of others with a volunteering holiday as a vacation, on a gap year or career break, or by gaining valuable work experience to boost your CV/Resume
Raleigh Internationalbrand-logoRaleigh is a sustainable development organisation with 30 years of expertise in working through, for and with young people to create lasting change.With our project partners, local communities, funders, and over 42,000 previous local and international volunteers, we form a global community who are passionate about working together to build a sustainable future.Visit Site »
What They Offer: Raleigh is a sustainable development organisation with 30 years of expertise in working through, for and with young people to create lasting change.With our project partners, local communities, funders, and over 42,000 previous local and international volunteers, we form a global community who are passionate about working together to build a sustainable future.

Gap Year Opportunities

The vast otherworldly beauty of the Amazon rainforest and its winding lifeblood, the eponymous river, clearly represent a significant draw to nature lovers. There are numerous volunteer programmes relating to conservation of the rainforest itself or more specifically to particular species of flora or fauna.

Brazil is now the eighth or ninth biggest economy in the world (depending on which measure of GDP is used), and there are an increasing number of internship opportunities available to visitors in all areas of business.

Despite the wealth of the nation as a whole, there are still many people who live in poverty, for instance in the favelas in and around Rio de Janeiro. As such it is possible for gap year travellers to make a positive difference to Brazilians by volunteering for education or community projects in some of the bigger cities. You could even volunteer as a football coach on some programmes, though you might learn as much from the kids as they will from you!

Practicalities, Health and Safety

Due to the size of the country (with an area of more than 3 million square miles) travellers and those on a career break might feel daunted. But with a reliable and extensive internal flight network and some efficient and very comfortable bus services, it is very possible to combine trips to some of the idyllic beaches dotted along more than 4500 miles of coastline, one or two of the vibrant cities of Rio, Sao Paulo, Recife or Salvador da Bahia, and some of the natural highlights such as Iguazu Falls (Foz do Iguaçu).

In terms of staying safe in Brazil, visitors will find most areas welcoming, relaxed and free from trouble. Of course, poverty can lead to petty crime in any country and Rio, Sao Paulo and other urban areas of Brazil are no different. Taking a few precautions should vastly reduce the chances of you falling victim to pickpockets or bag-snatchers. For instance, when visiting the tourist hotspots of Copacabana or Christ the Redeemer in Rio, don’t flash cash or expensive gadgets around, and take the usual precautions when walking around at night.

Depending on where you travel in Brazil you might need certain vaccinations or anti-malarial medication, so be sure to check with your local travel clinic when planning your trip. It also pays to take a good mosquito net if planning to venture into the more rural areas.