Brazilian Gringo helps non-Brazilians adapt to life in Brazil more successfully by improving their Brazilian Portuguese learning skills and knowledge of Brazilian culture. Other topics that are frequently touched on are how to make money in Brazil, how to teach English in Brazil, how to overcome Brazil’s bureaucracy and Brazilian music.
How This Site Got Started
This site was started out of my own frustration of not knowing anything about Brazil when I first came in 2011.
I had dropped out of college in 2010 and decided that I was going to become an English teacher in South America. After a brief episode of working on a farm in Mexico and unsuccessfully teaching in Colombia, I decided to join my brother on a business trip to Brazil and try my luck there.
From the first moment I stepped foot into Brazil I knew that I wanted to call this place home. During my first two months I soaked up the culture in a complete immersion environment without speaking any English. With my already fluent Spanish I quickly learned Portuguese and started thinking of myself as Brazilian.
Looking to establish a more permanent base in Brazil I traveled around for a bit before I settled upon Belo Horizonte. It always surprises people from BH to hear that a foreigner would choose to live there instead of Rio, but I found the smaller size and friendliness of the people gave me a feeling of home that I didn’t get from the larger cities.
In Beagá (what the locals call it) I was able to focus on improving my Portuguese and continuing my professional development. I taught English privately and worked on a project called Real Life Global . Using digital marketing I helped them grow the brand and organize English Meetups. Using what I learned from that experience I started this website to share what I and others had learned about Brazil to make it easier for other foreigners who wanted to live and work abroad.
If you’ve used the popular online Portuguese course Semantica-Portuguese and made it to the intermediate level you’ll remember me as the bearded guy who was always hitting on his co-host. If you haven’t yet you can learn about Semantica by clicking on the banner link on the side of this page.
The lack of online resources and stories by people who had actually accomplished things in Brazil can be frustrating for foreigners. Most of the information about Brazil that you find on the web is either outdated or so vague that it isn’t useful. This site aims to tackle that problem and we’re always looking for ways to make life easier for gringos in Brazil.
Perhaps due to overwhelm from dealing with Brazil’s numerous challenges, many foreigners often end up getting frustrated and cynical about life in Brazil. Brazil is not easy and it has its challenges but it has its rewards as well. While not blind to the sometimes ugly reality of Brazil, having a good attitude about things will go a long way towards making life better for everyone.
We may never fully understand Brazil as it is an endlessly fascinating and captivating country. There is always something new and fascinating to learn about its culture, language and people. As we journey deep into Brazil we want to share with you our findings so that you can gain a greater appreciation of Brazil and get the most out of your experience here.
About the Authors
Originally from California, Josh spent most of his early 20’s in Brazil instead of going to college. What started out as a short trip abroad turned into a several year adventure resulting in new languages learned, a location independent business and a commitment to making this lifestyle more accessible to people. You can follow him on Youtube and Twitter.
Jairet “Quasileiro” Crum
Whether he is in Thailand or Brazil, people seem to like telling Jairet that he is crazy for leaving behind Northern California. A long time English teacher in Asia turned recent transplant to Florianópolis, Jairet is a keen observer of Brazilian culture and passionately learning everything he can about his new home. He teaches English via Skype on italki and shares his experiences on the blog so that new teachers can be more successful in Brazil.
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