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bachelor Nikola Prokopová, VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, ročník 5

Faculty Mining and geology
Field of study Mineral biotechnology
Field of internship Natural Resources and Conservation
Specialization of InternshipNatural Resources and Conservation
Internship period (from - to) 1.8.2019 - 30.9.2019
Internship duration (weeks) 8
Transport (means, price) Airplane, 23 000 CZK
Insurance/Insurance company ISIC
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) No
Price of Visa -
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Brazil, Sorocaba
Internship reference number BR-2019-1623-SP

About the country

Location of the place

Sorocaba is located in the southeastern region of the state of São Paulo and it takes 1,5 hours by bus from the capital state. São Paulo, state of southeastern Brazil, bordering on the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast and bounded by the states of Minas Gerais (northeast), Rio de Janeiro (east), Paraná (southwest), and Mato Grosso do Sul (west). São Paulo constitutes the heart of the Southeast, Brazil’s most developed and populous region.


Sorocaba lies along the Sorocaba River, a tributary of the Tietê River. Given town status in 1661 and made the seat of a municipality in 1842, Sorocaba is now one of the country’s major industrial centres. Manufactures include cotton and silk textiles, cement, fertilizers, lumber, aluminum products, electrical equipment, shoes, hats, alcohol, and wines.Given town status in 1661 and made the seat of a municipality in 1842, Sorocaba is now one of the country’s major industrial centres. Manufactures include cotton and silk textiles, cement, fertilizers, lumber, aluminum products, electrical equipment, shoes, hats, alcohol, and wines.
he Sorocabana region has relatively low crimes rates for Brazilian standards, even in the largest city, Sorocaba. The south of the region is a poor area, which is not particularly dangerous to visitors, but it is wise to at least avoid displaying wealth and possessions there.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

In Sorocaba city you can visit the ZOO, parks or around Sorocaba there is a possibility of hiking in Floresta National de Ipanema. During weekends you can relax in Sao Paulo´s beaches too. Don´t forget Iguacu waterfalls ;)



UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista "Julio de Mesquita Filho"
Instituto de Ciencia e Tecnologia - Campus de Sorocaba
Faculty of Environmental Engineering

Work description

Work with colleagues in field or laboratory activities related to Restoration Ecology and other similar topics. Work on LAP protocol. My final work was rewiev of my two months work.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

700 BRL/month
Sufficient for accomodiation and lunch with snack at university.
You need extra money for entertainment, beers and traveling.

Language requirements

I didn´t speak in Portugese before this internship but when I arrived I try to learn something because in public places (supermarket, restaurant,..) it´s very usefull. Duo Lingo is good in beginning.
But I met a lot of brazilian friends who speak in English very well.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

I lived in flat with two (brazilian) students near by university (5 mins from Uni). I lived in shared bedroom with one of them. University student office provided my accomodation.

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)

IAESTE brazilian group works very well. One of this member picked me up at the airport and help me to get to Sorocaba (buy bus ticket and with the first orientation in Brazil). We had student meetings during weekends each month.

Meeting other foreign students

Before I arrived to Brazil I received an email with contacts of another IAESTE students who was with me in Brazil in the same time. We stood in touch with every interns who arrived to Sorocaba and had lunch together every day at Uni.

Sport and culture

swimming pool, electric bikes, gyms, running in the parks and dancing samba in the bars

Food, local specialties

Rice and beans every day and drinking caipirinha in the evening.
You can taste many kinds of exotic fruit for a good price. Be careful, they add sugar everywhere.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Good internet connections. I had brazilian SIM card with some data too.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Warm clothes

What not to forget with you

Don´t forget any jacket if you are coming in winter months (August, September).

Benefits of the internship

new contacts with university, many new friends from all around the world, improve language skills,

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country


Overall experience with IAESTE

I have good experiences mainly with Czech IAESTE! IAESTE members were always heplfull and they responded me very fast every time.

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Other comments

If you can just go, travel, get experiences and get to know new people and culture! This internacional internship is the biggest experience for your life, for your both personal and work development.

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