The Heart of Brazil

Updated: Mar 21

Rhonda Armbrust

During the last year, I spent three months in Brazil. Although rumors of crime and poverty dominate the media about this country, it is so much more than that.

Brazilians are warm, open, and laid back. Most are eager to help anyone in need while expecting nothing in return, and it is common for them to welcome strangers into their homes. Even the language reveals their charming nature with expressions such as “faço das suas palavras as minhas”, which means “I make your words mine.”

In many ways, Brazil is modern with huge shopping malls and an array of first-class restaurants and hotels. Citizens are provided free healthcare. The country has a top-rated electronic medical record system and offers family health teams in remote areas. Practitioners are expected to put helping others above making money.