With our largest pool of au pairs from Brazil arriving between January and March, I thought I would cover a few highlights about our largest recruitment country in Latin America. Brazilian au pairs are very family-oriented, flexible and caring. For them, being an au pair in the USA is really making a dream come true.
- Capital: Brasilia
- Population: 188,078,227
- Currency: Real (BRL)
- Government: Federative Republic
- Religion: Roman Catholic (nominal) 73.6%, Protestant 15.4%, Spiritualist 1.3%, Bantu/voodoo 0.3%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.2%, none 7.4% (2000 census)
- Climate: mostly tropical, but temperate in south
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil. Some people also speak Italian and Spanish, among other languages.
Bom dia Good morning
Como está? How are you?
Muito obrigado Thank you very much
The population of Brazil is approximately 188 million people living in five states: the North, Northeast, West-Central, Southeast and the South. People in the Northern states are spread out and very technologically advanced. The Amazon River is located here and some tribes live off the river. The Northeastern states are characterized by countryside and a small art sub-culture that attracts artists and musicians. There is a very rich culture in the southeastern state of Brazil, where Rio de Janeiro is located. This is the part of the country that most foreigners have in mind when they think of typical Brazilian culture.
Brazil has a very diverse population with different ethnic groups: those of European descent (which includes Portuguese, German, Italian and Spanish) represents 55% of the population. Approximately 38% are of European and African descent; those of African descent make up 6%, while others (including Japanese, Arab, Amerindian) make up 1% of the total population.
Cultural Tips for a Brazilian Au Pair
Without stereotyping, these are some cultural traits common to au pairs from Brazil:
- Affectionate and family-oriented: Brazilian families are close-knit and therefore our au pairs look forward to becoming part of your family for 1or 2 years and being included in some family activities
- Passionate and joyful nature, enjoy laughing and singing together
- Enjoy sharing their culture from music and songs to Brazilian foods and traditions
- Non-confrontational and respectful: it is important for the host family to watch the au pair’s body language and address any potential issues or concerns the au pair may have
- Brazilians must have 105 hours of driving practice to get their license. In addition, there is virtually no public transportation in Brazil so they are quite used to driving. Having said this, like all of our nationalities, Brazilians will need time to adjust to the larger size of American cars and American highways at the beginning. Giving them time to practice at the beginning is very helpful.