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How far away is the
beach from the school?
How far is it to
the Historical Center?
How can students
get downtown and how much does it cost?
Will there be
How do I get to
school on the first day?
What happens in a
typical day at school?
What will the
homestay be like?
Do I need a visa?
What to bring?
What is the
typical cuisine? What will I be eating, especially with my family?
How much extra
money should I bring?
What about mail,
exchanging money and telephone calls?
Where can I play
How far away is the beach from the
200 m (5 minutes by walking).
How far is it to the Historical Center?
Itīs 4 km to the Pelourinho, the Historical Center of Salvador.
How can students get downtown and how
much does it cost?
They can get a bus directly to downtown (20 minutes). The bus costs US$
0,50 and a taxi costs US$ 5.
Will there be computer/internet access?
Yes, all students have free
access to the computer and Internet at the school, plus wireless internet. For
additional access, there are several internet cafés close to the school which
charge approx. US$ 1 - 2 per 30 minutes.
How do I get to school on the first day?
Your host family will walk with you or
drive you to school on your first day. If you stay in one of the hotels or the
guesthouses, you will get exact information from the staff at the reception.
What happens in a typical day at school?
Classes start at 9 a .m. and end
at 12:30 p.m. with three 10-minutes-coffebreaks in between. Students who choose the
Brazil Workshop PLUS-program will also have classes in the afternoon from 1:30
p.m. to 3:10 p.m. There are cultural activities in the afternoon as well, like
dancing or cooking classes, Capoeira, singing and percussion classes. The school also
offers cultural excursions; to participate on these activities, you just need to
inform our secretary.
What will the homestay be like?
All our homestays are located
within walking distance from the school and the beach. Students are
guaranteed their own room. Hot running water is available at all homestays. Our homestay
families range from middle to upper class, the facilities provided are clean and modern,
very similar to the standard in your country. Brazilian families are very open,
friendly and welcoming.
Do I need a visa?
A visa is only required for
American, Canadian, Australian, Japanese and Russian citizens. Itīs best to get a
tourist visa from the local Brazilian Consulate in your country some weeks before
travelling. All other nationalities can stay up to 90 days in Brazil (with the
possibility of an extension).
What to bring?
There are many upscale stores and
shopping malls, so almost everything can be purchased here. We suggest to
bring light and comfortable casual clothes. A bathing suit and sandals are necessary.
Itīs not smart to wear or bring along your best accessories and jewelry when traveling,
rather modesty is suggested in this area.
What is the typical cuisine? What will I
be eating, especially with my family?
Beans, rice, vegetables, seafood, meat (beef, chicken) and lots of
fruits. Bahian cuisine is very exotic and has a strong African influence. For lunch, there
are many "self-service" restaurants with an excellent variety of food
charged by the kilo (approx. US$ 4). Salvador has many international restaurants as well
and another particular speciality all over Brazil are the famous Churrascarias, where you
get the best of barbequed meat. We recommend drinking bottled water or water from a
cooler (filtered) as most people here do. Itīs best to avoid food from street
vendors until you get used to the environment.
How much extra money should I bring?
Housing and breakfast are included in the price, additional money will be
mostly needed for lunch, dinner, transportation and personal expenses (e.g.
shopping, nightlife) - ranging from US$ 200 to 400 per month. Students often travel
further to other destinations in Brazil before or after their stay at our
school, so itīs up to the individual to calculate how much money they will need.
What about mail, exchanging money and
Mail from/to Europe or the US takes more or less a week to
arrive. Sending a postcard costs approx. US$0.60 and letters a little
bit more. There are banks and post offices within a few blocks of the
school. You can withdraw money from several ATM machines with your credit card,
maestro or cirrus card. To make either local or international phone calls, you will need
to buy a phone card (being sold in many locations) or call from an internet café.
Where can I play sports?
It is easy to find a soccer or volleyball game on the beach. The
school supports a basketball team where the students can participate. Salvador has
many gyms with modern equipment and various aerobic classes are offered as well. You can
easily purchase a monthly membership.