Eighteen months in Brazil: helping other expat women adjust to new lifestyle (sharing tips).

23 Jan

source: The Economist Magazine

We’re on countdown mode!

Time has gone pretty fast, but I feel like we still have a lot to do, a lot to see and experience… Lot of planning on my horizon, as well… we’re less than six months before we pack our bags and head out, in preparation for our next assignment. In the meantime, found some time to do some research, ask around and prepare a simplified list of “tips” for expat women living or planning on moving to Brazil.

FIRST: A great blog, listing several expat experiences in Brazil, thank you, TheTaoofMe for working on this fantastic list! 😮

* * Resources for the “cosmopolitan woman”  * *

American Society of Sao Paulo
The Society exists for the following purposes: To promote and maintain friendly relations between the United States of America and Brazil, to provide for the celebration of days of remembrance such as Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, and other holidays traditional to United States citizens, to receive and entertain officials and visitors from the United States, to aid United States citizens and their immediate families who are destitute or have insufficient resources to meet emergencies or other essential needs, to aid and assist newly arrived United States citizens by providing information which helps orient them in their new surroundings, to promote charitable, social, cultural, and athletic activities of interest to the U.S. community in São Paulo.

Associação Beneficente Internacional Women’s Club Porto Alegre
Participation in our Club has given the members the opportunity to meet an international group of people with varied interest, customs, cultures and languages, to learn more about Porto Alegre and the Brazilian way of life. Some have found that special friend to help through the difficult adjustment in a new country.

International Newcomers Club – Rio de Janeiro
The International Club of Rio (InC) is a non-profit organization comprised of individuals from the local and expatriate English-speaking communities.

International Women’s Club of Paraná
The aim of the club is to provide opportunities to meet informally, exchange ideas and make new friends as well as helping newly arrived international families settle more easily in their new life. The club is open to expatriate women and their families that are new to Brazil, Brazilian women who have lived abroad for at least three years (within the last 10 years) and (English-speaking) Brazilian women whose husbands are foreigners.

International Women’s Club Porto Alegre

Macaé International Women’s Club (MIWC)
A non-profit, volunteer organization offering friendship, guidance and service to women establishing residence in Macaé and surrounding areas. Furthermore the Macaé International Women’s Club provides opportunities for charitable activities and humanitarian assistance to our community.

Newcomers Club – Brazil
An English-speaking group that is designed to give you the opportunity to meet and develop friendships with others who live in the same area.

The American Society of Rio de Janeiro (AmSoc Rio)
This organization celebrates American traditions, hosts themed parties, and supports local charitable projects. The group is open to all nationalities and offers opportunities to volunteer, meet new friends, and network through group events, including a Speaker Series. Their Ambassador program links new members with those who have lived there for many years.

Got kids in School?

I grew up here! 😮

American School of Brasília

American School of Campinas (EAC)
pre-K to 12, co-ed
Follow the American curriculum. Recognized by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and have an excellent program of studies. We have in our community children from all over the world.

American School of Recife

Note: worked here for over a year. If you’ve got any questions about the school, and believe I could offer any assistance, feel free to drop me a line! :o

American School of Rio de Janeiro

Escola das Nacoes Brasília

International School of Curitiba

Pan American School of Bahia

St. Paul’s School Sao Paulo

The American Elementary and High School Sao Paulo

The American School of Belo Horizonte

Tip Toe Alphaville’s Montessori School &
Discovery Alphaville’s Elementary School Sao Paulo

For now, we’ll keep enjoying the journey! 😮


Posted by on January 23, 2012 in expat, post a day, resources


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3 responses to “Eighteen months in Brazil: helping other expat women adjust to new lifestyle (sharing tips).

  1. bornagainbrazilian

    January 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I can say from experience, the International Newcomers Club of Sao Paulo and the American Society of Sao Paulo are fabulous organizations to join. I’m involved in the INC and have gone to many of the American Society events – definitely worth the time and memberships for someone new to the city and country.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Oh, my! Thank you so much for stopping by, and not only commenting, but also, sharing your experiences… Thank you! This year I’m in the lookout for “guest bloggers”, guest posts, especially regarding experiences as an expat… Would you be interested? Drop me a line or use the “about us” section, and I’ll contact you. Take care, Raquel.



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