Expats living in Teresina, Brazil, can take advantage of the city’s laid back attitude. Although it is a large city it maintains a small-town feeling and is one of the hottest places in Brazil, known locally as the “Capital of Sun and Light”. Expatriates in Teresina enjoy year-round heat with a rainy season in the summer and autumn that produces many thunderstorms. Teresina has a well-maintained subway system with nine stations, and several bus services throughout the city. Unlike most Brazilian cities, Teresina is not on the coast and instead benefits from the Poti and Parnaiba rivers. The surrounding areas have extensive wildlife and biodiversity and there is an environmental park with gazebos just outside the city. Expats living in Teresina can experience both old and contemporary landmarks such as the Nossa Senhora do Amparo church and the more recent Estaiada Bridge, which offers panoramic views of the city during the day and lights up with changing colors after sunset.
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Expats moving to Teresina can take advantage of the national Teresina Airport, also known as Senador Petronio Portella and catch a connecting flight from one of Brazil’s international airports. However, knowing how to get to the city is not the only thing expats moving to Teresina need to think about. Arranging visas to move to Brazil isn’t always easy, especially if you have family moving with you. There are a wide range of considerations to take into account when relocating and the prospect of fitting into a new community can be scary, especially if you do not speak Portuguese, the local language. InterNations can help you establish first links in your area as well as further afield through social networking. Discussion groups in such topics as art and entertainment, as well as sports and leisure can help you learn about local culture and what you can do for fun, whilst online forums with posts in categories like expat Q&A and travel can help you figure out more practical concerns.
Many expatriates work in Teresina’s import and export industries that focus around the extensive textile and garment industry in the city. Communicating in Portuguese with colleagues and employees may be difficult for some expats in Teresina, but is helped by the fact that both English and Spanish are part of the high school curriculum in the area so most residents have at least some knowledge of the English language. Working in Teresina as an expat can produce its own unique challenges, which is why InterNations also offers a broad content section, including the Expat Magazine, which features, among other things, personal accounts and experiences from other expatriates dealing with similar issues. Further in-house articles covering topics such as expatriate insurance, communicating cross-culturally, and working abroad can further help you navigate your new life in Teresina.