Brazil’s Beach Culture: Dos and Don’ts

In Rio, the beach is a fundamental part of life, and the locals abide by various cultural habits and codes. If you want to blend in, check out this list of dos and don’ts from Brazil expert Michael Sommers.

The Basics of Work Visas in Brazil

If you’re going to be doing any kind of work at all in Brazil—either paid or volunteer, with or without a contract—or you are participating in any type of training, internship, or residency program, you need to have a work visa. Author Michael Sommers shares the basics of Brazilian work visas.

Planning a Move to Brazil: Fact-Finding

If you’re thinking about moving to Brazil, it’s wise to spend some time getting a sense of the country and the culture, not to mention housing and job possibilities, before you go ahead and take the plunge. Brazil expert Michael Sommers helps you plan an essential fact-finding trip.

Moving to Brazil

Visiting Brazil and moving there are two immensely different propositions. Brazil expert Michael Sommers lays out the realities of what it means to relocate to this complex, lively, and economically growing country.

Moon Living Abroad in Brazil

Michael Sommers is an expert on Brazilian life—he’s lived there for 13 years. In Moon Living Abroad in Brazil, he provides firsthand tips on everything from climate to culture, all in an easy-to-understand manner. Moon Living Abroad in Brazil is packed with essential information and must-have details on setting up daily life, including obtaining visas, […]

The Making of Moon Living Abroad in Brazil

For Brazil expert Michael Sommers, the chance to compare and contrast his own expat experience with those of so many others was both unprecedented and revelatory. In this post he talks a bit about what it was like to consider writing a book for others seeking to live abroad in Brazil.

U.S. is the Number One Source of Immigrants to Brazil

Thinking of working abroad? Consider Brazil. More and more people are moving there as a result of Brazil’s growing economy, coupled with a severe lack of skilled workers and the economic crises wreaking havoc (and unemployment) in the United States and Europe.

The Lives and Blogs of Expats in Brazil

Many of these expat blogs offer rich glimpses into life in Brazil—not just for those toying with the idea of living here, but for travelers interested in visiting Brazil, armchair Brazilianists, and readers with a penchant for postcards from the edge penned by 21st-century adventurers.

Safety Issues: How Safe is Brazil?

As someone who lives in Brazil, and writes about Brazil, one of the most frequent questions Michael Sommers gets from non-Brazilians is about the safety of the country. The honest answer is that security is an issue, but there are also many precautions that can be taken to avoid crime.