Relocation to Brazil
Concise Guide to Brazil
Are you lucky enough to be making the move to Brazil? Well then you jammy expats, I’m sure that you are preparing for the big day and what we always have to remember in a time like this are the 5 Ps’ – Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Fox Moving and Storage can help you with the shipping of your goods without any problems because we have been making the journey for over 40 years.
However, before you get there I’m sure that you would like to know as much about the country as possible and how they accommodate expats. Hence why we have put together this concise guide for you. Hundreds of other expats who have moved to Brazil have found our advice indispensable, so we thought we would make this information easy for you to access.
Cost of Living
Unfortunately if you were hoping to move to Brazil and be sitting by your own private pool sipping cocktails in the sun all day, then I regret to inform you that a dream like that probably isn’t going to be the reality of the situation. Many expats are taken back by just how expensive the cost of living is in Brazil. The country has one of the highest taxation regimes in the world but public investment levels in Brazil is one of the lowest. Brazil’s high tax burden surpasses 33% of the country’s GDP is loved and hated by foreigners as well as locals.
The reality of high prices is astonishing, the Brazilians love coming to the UK with empty suitcases because they know they will be able to go to Primark and buy clothes at prices they could only dream of back home.
In 2012, Mercer’s revealed the top 50 most expensive countries in the world and amongst them were Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia. For those of you who want be sparing and reserve your money in Brazil you will find that prices drop slightly in the more rural areas. However, in places outside of the city services, access to food and other products become sparse.
When planning out your monthly budget in Brazil you need to take into account the variations of prices. For instance, services are generally quite affordable because the cost of labour is low. On average people earn £450 monthly, but the difference between the rich and poor is a very really thing, hundreds of thousands of people still live in the favelas. The bottom 10% of the population make an average of £50 a month and the people in the top 10% earn an average a month of £2,000.
Things which really tend to make a dent in the bank balance is accommodation. For a central apartment with three bedrooms in some the larger cities you end up paying £1591 in Rio de Janeiro, £1441 in São Paulo and £994 in Belo Horizonte.
The price of transporting may also burn a whole in your wallet. It is cheaper to ship your car to Brazil with us because buying a car in Brazil is likely to cost you around £15,000. The cheaper cars you can get out there are between £7, 500 and £10,000. After you’ve forked out all that money for the car, the gasoline and maintenance of the vehicle doesn’t come cheap either.
It is a good idea to bring as much as you can over from the UK because manufactured items, predominantly clothing, appliances, household goods, and particularly electronics are extremely expensive. The most expensive country in which to purchase an iPhone is Brazil, at £789.
Don’t worry you won’t be living in the gutter most expats move to Brazil on an international salary, those who do will be in the wealthy sector. It is more than likely that if you are making a local salary you will be firmly place within the middle class society.
In terms of how well the country functions in terms of the infrastructure’s development it is nowhere near the league of Western Europe. However, as an expat you will still have all of the fineries that you are used to such as, clothing, household goods, clothing, cultural activities, and restaurants etc.
Working in Brazil
Brazil is a hugely popular destination with expats and why wouldn’t it be with the economy showing signs of growth due to the oil and gas industries. Most expats want a slice of that pie and to go out to Brazil with the intension to work.
However it would not be advised just to hop on a plane and start looking for employment after you get there. It would be wiser to find a job beforehand. There have been hundreds of expats who have tried to make it on their own but it has resulted in a swift flight home. In order to work in Brazil it is usually a requirement that you know how to speak Portuguese.
Obtaining work without the support of a HR department can become problematic, and there few and far between self-made expats. Expats in Brazil are normally relocated from foreign and international corporations which have local branches in the country. Most foreign emigrants employed in Brazil are hired in fields such as engineering or the high-tech areas.
Getting your health insurance is of the utmost importance when to move to Brazil because recently the private healthcare has been known as the most expensive in Latin America.
Even though public hospitals are free many expats opt for private healthcare if they can afford it because the facilities are of a much higher standard. Public hospitals are usually teeming with patients and underfunded.
The amount of doctors accessible in Brazil can be determined by which city you’re located. The bigger cities have a diversity of specialists to pick from but charges are more expensive. In contrast, towns that are smaller tend to be economical but your choices are limited.
Schools in Brazil
If you are looking at schools for your children when you get to Brazil then choosing to send them to an International school could be a great decision. In general the majority of families that move to Brazil opt to send their children to private schools because public schools are often taught in Portuguese and are run at quite a low standard.
International schools normally have America teachers that work from a US, UK, France, Australia or Canada syllabus. The Brazilian Studies Department is in all American Schools in Brazil and schools have to obtain accreditation by the State Education System. Schools frequently offer internationally recognised certifications such as the international baccalaureate.
Admittance and enrolment protocols differ depending on the school. Fees for International schools tend to be expensive and can even reach figures of £8,701,355. Capacity is often restricted and favouritism has been known to occur depending on nationality. The schools have high standards of learning, superb facilities, and additional activities.