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Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Brazil. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Brazil?

Brazil has a reputation for being one of the more unsafe places for international students to study, but with precautions most students will avoid any problems. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings, not venture into the favelas (shanty towns) without a guide and to stick to taxis and private transport when getting around.

As with most major countries, crime can be an issue in the bigger Brazilian cities. You can avoid most problems by following these rules:

• Avoid walking alone at night
• Always carry a charged phone
• Avoid potentially quiet/ dark shortcuts
• Avoid carrying a lot of cash
• Let friends know where they are going
• Always keep a close eye on personal belongings whilst out
• Never accept things from strangers – whether this is a lift home or a drink

Make sure you get your own dedicated travel insurance before heading out to Brazil.

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill