Living With Teenagers in Brazil

Guidelines for parents and their young adults in Brazil...

Teenagers represent a significant proportion of Brazil's young and growing population. They are generally active and health conscious.

Youth Organizations, Hobbies and Clubs

There is a wide range of facilities available for teenagers in Brazil, both public and private. These are usually sport-related and often take place at athletic clubs, where football, volleyball, basketball, swimming, tennis and athletics are the main activities.

A lot of sport is practiced outside organizations, with informal groups meeting to play football or volleyball in parks, especially at the weekend. On the coast, the game of choice is foot volley (essentially volleyball but without the use of arms), a highly physically and technically demanding game. Along the coast, surfing and bodyboarding are very popular, and skateboarders are almost everywhere that has paved streets.

Theater is also very popular, as well as going to the movies (cinemas typically show films in their original language, with subtitles in Portuguese).

Scouting in Brazil

Scouting is not as well developed in Brazil as in other countries, but does exist.

Guiding in Brazil

The Federação de Bandeirantes do Brasil is an informal educational organization for children and adolescents and is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

The aim of the association is to encourage young people to take part in activities and develop projects related to social issues and world needs today. These include citizenship, volunteer work, children's and adolescents' rights, education, environment, drugs, teenage pregnancy and much more.

Exchange programs

PlanetEdu offers foreign students an opportunity to live with a Brazilian family, or on school grounds, and participate in a number of different programs to increase their cultural knowledge, learn Portuguese or participate in volunteer work projects.

Youth Employment

The minimum school leaving age is fourteen. It is possible to start work legally at this age, although it is not uncommon for children under this age to already be in employment. The Ministry of Labor and Employment (Ministério do Trabalho e Emprego) is responsible for enforcing the child labor laws, although there are too few labor inspections to implement the laws effectively.