Studying abroad during my junior year of high school was the most exciting and influential experience of my high school career. In 2010, I went to the South of Brazil where I found a warm and welcoming host family and friends, which fully immersed me into a new culture and way of life.
I learned a new language, new cuisine, new music, and perspectives which I use in my day to day life 10 years later. Most of all, the Rotary youth exchange taught me independence.
Being in a new country, where survival depends on adaption and socialization, puts you in a situation where you look at things from different perspectives and encourages a sense of understanding, peace, and unity. The rotary youth exchange was one of the most impactful, profound, and fun experiences of my life!
March 30, 2020