I’ve been in Brazil for almost two weeks now and I am still shocked every day at the beauty of this country. Every country is beautiful in its own way, I just haven’t had a chance to explore another country until now.
In my last few days in Rio Preto, my group visited five different schools. At the elementary schools, we played with the children and tried to speak to them in Portuguese. At the high schools, we had question and answer sessions with the students. We got to compare public and private schools in Brazil and learned that students who go to private schools almost always go to college, where as only some of the students from public school go onto college. Americans don’t come to Rio Preto a lot so the kids there treated us like celebrities. They would ask to take selfies and pictures with us, ask to be friends on social media, and tell us that they loved us. It was so weird to see how highly they thought of America. It was such a cool experience to be able to interact with students from another country.
After staying in Rio Preto for a week, we spent four days in the city of Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and is bigger than New York City. During our time in Sao Paulo, we spent a lot of time exploring the different parts of the city, visiting museums, and going to a professional “futbol” game. We learned about Brazil’s Afrobrasilian culture and history, and Brazil’s Modernist movement. After being in Sao Paulo, we flew to Salvador in Northeast Brazil so that we could compare and contrast the Northern and Southern areas of Brazil. I am currently in Salvador living with a host family and I’m so excited about living with a Brazilian family. I will update more later!
Gotta represent O-H-I-O
Me supporting the Palmeiras team from Sao Paulo
Peaceful protests against the impeachment of the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff