Brazil Turned an Introvert into a more Outgoing Person! Past Review

By (Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida) for

Rotary Youth Exchange: Worldwide

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely! It has made me the person I am today!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The strength is that you have a counselor in both your home and your host countries, which helps when you're dealing with certain issues. The only weakness I saw was that my local Rotary club in Brazil wasn't very involved.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

At first everything was different and I lived off of peanut butter I had brought, but eventually I came to like it. Unfortunately, my body didn't digest it well, so I had to eat Activia regularly. With that, I was able to enjoy the native foods.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I learned something new everyday and pushed myself to accept almost every invitation just for the new experiences.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Having an open mind is the best thing to do. People think and do things differently, and it's important to know that it's just 'different' not 'wrong' or 'right'.