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Bc Sabína Sedlačková, Masaryk University, ročník 4

Faculty Science
Field of study Biochemistry
Field of internship Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Specialization of Internship- - - - - - - - - -
Internship period (from - to) 11.7.2016 - 2.9.2016
Internship duration (weeks) 8
Transport (means, price) plane 340 € royal air maroc (transfer in Casablanca, Maroco)
Insurance/Insurance company VUB banka, generali
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) yes (Viten IV)
Price of Visa $ 80
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Brazil, Botucatu - SP
Internship reference number BR-2016-1306SP

About the country

Location of the place

Brasil, state of Sao Paulo, city Botucatu


Botucatu is a relatively small city in the state of Sao Paulo, proximately 2 and half hour from capital of the state (Sao Paulo). From my perspective, city was safe and friendly. There are two big campuses (Rubiao, Lageado) UNESP, because of that a lot of students are in the city. Having fun is really easy here.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

There is a lot of option, what you can see and do there. City is really nice, beautiful catedral in the center, long street with shops, campuses are beautiful. Location of the city is perfect if you like nature and waterfalls, few of them are really close (max 30 min). UNESP is big university and the same can say about campuses in Botucatu. Lot of students from different part of state are there, because of that it is really easy find somebody who is traveling home or somewhere and offers a ride (carona). It is cheap and fast way how to travel.



Laboratory: reproductive and molecular biology group

Work description

I learned almost all procedure which they are using in laboratory. Mostly i made cytology and pcr. I also took care about fishes.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

700 BRL/month
it was enought for rent (350 BRL/month) and something else

Language requirements

My professor and few people in laboratory spoken english. i was studying portuguese there also, because i wanted to talk with more people and not everybody speak English.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

350 BRL
i lived in student republic. Brazilian iaeste found it for me.

Social life

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

IAESTE members and volunteers were extremly helpfull, during my whole internship and also after that. They are offering accomodation, city tours and help with transport and really everithing. We had this motto: Helping Gringos (people not from Brasil) is cool :D.

Meeting other foreign students

I met people from all over the world.

Sport and culture

There is a lot of option in the city to do some sports like basketball, volleyball, yoga, brazilian jiu jitsu, krav maga ...).
Party are organised daily.

Food, local specialties

Some things are really cheap (fruits), some are really expensive (cheeses) comparing to europe. They use a lot of sugar to their sweets.
In Botucatu - try to visit BomPrato it is restaurant near hospital. Lunch cost 1 BRL there.
There is a lot of traditional food and it is really good. (pastels, coxinha, salgados ..).
I love it.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

internet, mobile

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Brazil is awesome. The best strategy in do not say no if it is safe. It is good to know portuguese because you can talk with more people, but they are trying to help you even if you don't know the language :)

What not to forget with you

If you want to prepare some traditional dish from your country for brazilians, it is better bring ingredients. I didn't find it here.

Benefits of the internship

I have all list.
Do not hesitate and go!

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country


Overall experience with IAESTE


Student's website

facebook: CARONA (for rides)

Employer's webiste


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