Brazil and Santa Catarina

Get to know more about Brazil, Santa Catarina and Rotary District 4651! (If you are using Google Chrome and want to have the text translated to another language, click the right button of the mouse and select translate.)

About Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in Latin America. It spreads across almost half of South America. It is the fifth largest country in the world after Canada, Russia, China and the United States. Except for a small number of islands, Brazil is a single and continuous landmass. The Equator crosses through the Northern region, and the Tropic of Capricorn cuts through the South of the country, near São Paulo. The Atlantic Ocean extends along the country’s entire eastern coast, providing more than 7,000 km of coastline.


The official language is Portuguese; the accent and the intonation, however, are very different from what one hears in Portugal and other former Portuguese colonies. Some people say that Brazilians speak “Brazilian”, just like Americans can say they speak “American”, and not English. And there are also many Brazilians who are descendants of immigrants and who speak German and Italian, especially in towns in southern Brazil.

Those who come become fans

The mixture of races has made Brazil a culturally rich and at the same time unique country. This miscegenation began with the Indian, the African and the Portuguese, but soon after, immigrants from around the world began to arrive: Europeans, Asians, Jews and Arabs. The result is a happy people, open to everything new, a people one can only find in Brazil.

Because of this massive diversity, Brazil is one of the last places on Earth where no one is a foreigner, where one can change one’s destiny without losing one’s identity and where each and every Brazilian has a little of the entire world in his or her blood. This may be the reason why Brazilian’s welcome people from another land so openly. Those who come to Brazil become fans on their first visit.

Unique destination

Brazil is a tourist haven. Attracting thousands of tourists from every part of the world, the cultural richness, the breathtaking scenery and the hospitable spirit of its people make this country a unique destination. Nature is delightful. Several ecological parks and extremely varied ecosystems are found: the tropical forest in the Amazon, the stunted vegetation in the northeast, the Atlantic Forest in the southeast, the vast swamplands in the mid-west and the pampas in the south. Stretching for over seven thousand kilometers of coastline, no one fails to be enchanted by the natural beauty of the veritable paradises of white sand and turquoise waters of the Brazilian beaches.

To some, it is the cultural heritage that impresses most. Historically, the welcoming Brazilian society created a positive context for miscegenation, turning the country into one of the most racially mixed in the world. This racial integration, which combined European values with African rhythms and the light-hearted spirit of the Amerindians, has fueled an extraordinary intercultural blend, revealed in the music, dance, artwork, architecture, gastronomy, and religions, forging unique regional identities.

About Santa Catarina

The State of Santa Catarina stands out as an undiscovered jewel for North Americans. The state has a natural vocation for tourism, combining awesome natural beauty with the advantages of a good quality of life, incredible hotel options, services and facilities infrastructure, safety, and beaming warmth everywhere. The State’s 500 km of coastline offers an array of dazzling beaches and breathtaking mountains and canyons, excellent for eco and adventure tourism. Images of European heritage color the coastline with German, Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian and Polish style houses and traditions, offering visitors an intriguing cultural mix and gastronomic colors.

“Santa Catarina is a dream come true”

Santa Catarina offers a world of new sensations, combining pristine natural sceneries with an intriguing cultural mix and beaming warmth everywhere. Endowed with dazzling beaches and breathtaking mountains and canyons, the region is home to German, Austrian, Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian and Polish settlements that proudly preserve their rich architecture, colorful music and dance, and sublime gastronomic delights. For those seeking ecotourism or water sports, Santa Catarina is ideal for canoeing, rafting, rappelling, paragliding, hang-gliding, scuba diving, and snorkeling – and all this surrounded by an amazing lush evergreen Atlantic forest!

Mild climate

Summer in Santa Catarina occurs between November and March, when the temperatures normally range between 90°F (30°C) during the day and decreases to 75°F (24°C) during the evening. In few occasions the temperature may reach up to 100°F (38°C) throughout the day and around 80°F (28°C) during the evening. The period from June to August is considered winter, when the daily temperature stays around 70°F (21°C). It can be a little bit chili during the evening, when the temperature drops to 59°F (15°C). On the mountains, it is very common that the temperatures will range between 63° F (17°C) and 40°F (5°C).

About Rotary District 4651

The Rotary District 4651 comprises mores than 50 Rotary Clubs spread from the city of Itajaí at the North of the Santa Catarina State down to the city of Araranguá at the South of the State. Some of the most known cities of the District are Itajaí, Balneário Camboriú, São José, Florianópolis, Tubarão, and Criciúma, among others.

For more information about the Youth Exchange Program in Rotary District 4651, please contact us. We will be delighted to help you.


João Galdino dos Santos – District Chairman
João Galdino dos Santos – Inbound & Outbound Coordenador
José Rosnei de Oliveira Rosa – Secretário
Jacy Carlos Gubert – Tesoureiro
Arlete Steil Kukmm – Vice-Chairwoman Norte
Rosiméri Mazuco Moraes – Coordenadora de Escolas
Liliana de Oliveira Gramenann Rosa – Coordenadora Adjunto de Escolas
Luiz Kiyoshi Nakayama  – Coordenador de Atividades Extra-classes
Júlio Cesar Moraes  – Coordenador Adjunto de Atividades Extra-classes
Jussara Carvalho – Coordenadora de Famílias
Elza Regina Melo da Silva – Coordenadora de Viagens e Encontros Periódicos
Santa Lunardeli – Coordenadora Adjunto de Viagens e Encontros Periódicos

Mail address

Programa de Intercâmbio de Jovens – Rotary Distrito 4651
Rua Liberato Bittencourt, 1914 SL 302 Estreito
88075‐400 Florianópolis SC Brasil

Phone numbers

(+55 48) 3248‐1516
(+55 48) 9923-5243 mobile


Joao Galdino dos Santos – Chairman
Jose Rosnei de Oliveira Rosa – Secretary

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