Expat Experiences in Brazil

When considering a move to a new city, there is nothing more useful than hearing real-life stories from other expats living there. Contact us if you live or have lived in Brazil and would like to share your experience. 

Dona is an Estonian expat who first arrived in Brazil as an exchange student to complete her Master's degree. After meeting her future husband in São Paulo, Dona has learned to call the city home. Read about her expat experience in Brazil.


Elliot Rosenberg is an American expat living in Brazil. He lives in Rio de Janeiro and is the CEO and founder of Favela Experience, a travel company that helps provide authentic homestays and apartment rentals for travellers in Rio’s favelas. Read more about his expat experience in Rio de Janeiro.

Jennifer Sikes is an American expat living in Brazil’s southeastern city of Belo Horizonte with her husband and dog. Jennifer loves living in a city that is largely unknown on the tourist or expat map and finds Belo Horizonte a very liveable city, with friendly people, good restaurants, and less crime than many other Brazilian cities. Read more about her expat experience in Brazil.

Niamh is an Irish expat who is married to a Brazilian and living in Rio de Janeiro. She loves the outdoor lifestyle and can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a run on Ipanema Beach. Read about her expat life in Brazil.

Originally from Texas, Heather now lives in Brazil. In between homeschooling her three boys she also blogs about her experiences. Read about her experiences of expat life in Brazil.

Jenny Miller fell in love with Brazil during a visit there in 2005. She moved there in March 2008 and settled in Porto Alegre, and, more recently, São Paulo. Read all about her witty take on expat life in Brazil.

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Aetna International

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