Marcella Britto

 Germany

Hometown: Deerfield Beach, Florida
School: Pompano Beach
Sponsor District : District 6990
Sponsor Club: Coconut Creek, Florida
Host District: 1830
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Stuttgartb


My Bio


Hallo! My name is Marcella Britto. I am a 16 year-old student at Pompano Beach High School. I came to the United States from São Paulo, SP, BRA four years ago. My family consists of me, my mom, dad, eldest sister, middle sister and dog; I am very close with my family. I like to think of myself as an active person and positive person; I like all sports, from volleyball to pedal boarding. I am also very fond of music of all kinds and as I result I sing and dance all day! My favorite subject in school is math and science, the more exact subjects. I also like reading and watching criminal justice shows. I wish to one day have a career in the justice system or medical field. One of the reasons why I chose to take this risk in life and travel abroad is because I enjoy languages. I am really impressed of how people can communicate all over the world and share ideas; its fascinating! I hope I master the incredibly difficult german language and fit in over there. I hope to challenge myself this year to come because as Mary Kay Ash once said "Don't limit yourself. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve."

Finally Arrived in Germany

Finally Arrived in Germany

Meeting Rotex at the Airport

Meeting Rotex at the Airport

My Room

My Room

Stuttgart

Stuttgart

ITALIA!!

ITALIA!!

Mercedes-Benz Museum

Mercedes-Benz Museum

Class Field Trip

Class Field Trip

Tradition German House

Tradition German House

Oschenhausen

Oschenhausen

My Birthday!

My Birthday!

Leaving my first Host Family

Leaving my first Host Family

German Christmas Tree (with actual candles!!!)

German Christmas Tree (with actual candles!!!)

Snowman Season

Snowman Season

New Year's Eve Feast

New Year's Eve Feast

Famous German Folklore Statue in Bremer

Famous German Folklore Statue in Bremer

Me freezing even though I had about 100 layers on!

Me freezing even though I had about 100 layers on!

Deer Heart, Kidneys, and Liver sponsored by my Host Brother

Deer Heart, Kidneys, and Liver sponsored by my Host Brother

Karnaval

Karnaval

Karnaval

Karnaval

Stormy Nordsee

Stormy Nordsee

Snowboarding!!!

Snowboarding!!!

Snowboarding in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Snowboarding in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Dresden

Dresden

Salzburg

Salzburg

Prague

Prague

Schloss Hohenschwangau: The Castles In Which All The Disney Castles Are Based On

Schloss Hohenschwangau: The Castles In Which All The Disney Castles Are Based On

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

  • Marcella, Outbound to Germany

    March-April

    225 days have passed since I first arrived in Germany, and soon will be time for me to leave, which I dread the mere thought.

    On March, it was still very, very cold and cloudy. I still needed to wear my Winter jacket every time I left the house and, to make things better, it would occasionally snow!

    However, it doesn't matter how cold it is outside, life goes on.

    On this still very cold month, I went to a ballet bestowed to me by my second host family, which was one of the highlights of my month.

    Classical music and dance in Germany are very appreciated, therefore the Operas and Ballets are always packed with hundreds of spectators. In addition, Stuttgart has a world renown Ballet company, which made it all the more special! Although I thought I would enjoy it, I absolutely didn't expect to love it! My host mom and I adored the show and bonded over it.

    The other highlight of my month was the Boogie-week. This is when 10th-grade students in German Gymnasiums (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnasium_(school)) work for a week in a place of their choice to further understand a profession they are interested in. In my case, after a lot of help from my RYO, I was welcomed to work in a surgery center specialized in cataract operations. I find it amazing that students have a chance to experience a little of what they want for their future, and decide if they really are interested in a career they are leaning towards. In any case, working with the surgical team taught me a lot about patient treatment, teamwork, drugs, and the medical field in Europe. I even got to see surgeries being performed! I found this experience to be eye-opening, as now I know that the medical field really does interest me.

    At the end of March and beginning of April, our school had a two-week Easter break, and that was when my parents decided to come visit me. It was amazing to see my parents and sister again! We went on a tour through Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, starting in my city and ending in Berlin.

    In our tour, there was a lot walking (which, FYI, is very common for European cities), eating, and picture-taking. We went to several historic cities with old monuments and buildings, some even affected by the World Wars. The historic streets are really what make Europe so amazing and beautiful. Moreover, my family and I went snowboarding on the tallest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze, which this time, I was way better at (for more information read previous entry).

    Overall, I was excited to show my parents my new life and culture, but it was a bit weird to notice how much I do without them. And as corny as it may sound, it made me feel grown-up.

    Also, next week-Sunday, I will be moving to my next (and last) host family's house.

    March and April have flown by and so is my exchange year.

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  • Marcella, Outbound to Germany

    In the end of October, my school had its second break. My sister, living in Paris, had invited me to spend a week with her. So I took an ICE (fast German train), and in three hours I was, for the first time, in Paris! As much as I had heard about how beautiful Paris is, and that is the best place to go on vacation, I didn't really believe it, but as soon as I walked through the city, I understood the wonders of the capital! 
    What is so amazing about Paris is that the buildings are all very old and makes you feel like you've gone back in time! I also had the chance to spend Halloween in Paris and that was so much fun! My sister, her friends and I painted our faces in the Halloween spirit, and walked around the city till dawn! I also got to try real French escargot, which was interesting, tasty actually!

    Then came my Birthday! I really didn't know what to expect, but it was actually the best birthday I've ever had! I went with some friends to a club and we danced like there was no tomorrow. I also got presents from my host family, and probably the best was the Shoe Horn. I know that doesn't sound that exciting but I have never seen that before in the USA or Brazil and it blew my mind!

    In the beginning of December, we had a field trip with the school's Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Band. We went to a big historical hotel in Ochsenhausen to practice for our Winter/Christmas concert later that month. The three days there were all about singing, singing and having fun. I bonded so much with my classmates and just had an amazing time singing nonstop! The concert was very well done and each performance was better than the last.

    Christmas in German is very special, because of all the traditions they have! The towns are turned into Christmas Markets in a blink of an eye, the people huddle up outside drinking warm drinks and buying presents for their friends and family. It's truly amazing to see so many people gathered in the streets even though it is freezing outside. 

    Also, I had to switch families a week before Christmas, which wasn't very appealing to me at first, because I would spend Christmas with strangers, but I couldn't be more wrong. 
    After I said my goodbyes to the Pfeiffer family, I was warmly welcomed by the Vetter/ Goldstein family. Because they were so friendly, Christmas was great. We went to Church, cooked dinner, and then opened presents. 

    This Christmas was very, very different from what I am used to because my family always has big, energetic Christmases with usually more than twenty people, and here I had just a small, cozy Christmas just my host mom, host dad, and my host brother.

    I have just been having the best days here in Germany, every day finding something new and exciting in my path! 

    After Christmas, I was invited to join my third host family on a trip to the north of Germany; we were to spend two weeks in the Nordsee. After 8 hours from train to train, we finally got there, and boy, was it windy! That was the first time I had gone to an unbearably cold beach; there was always wind and the water was so cold that it would instantly freeze one's hand with the mere touch- but in its defense it was still Winter!

    We stayed at my third host family's friend's villa along with another 30 friends to celebrate the holidays. We even had a Late-Christmas celebration since everyone was together.

    Because it was always cold, we would play games all day or travel to neighboring cities. I even saw the process of milking cows, which was pretty interesting!

    On New Year's Eve, some German families have the tradition of feasting with grills, that means that we would have the ingredients on the table and grill the food ourselves. I also ate cow's tong and deer heart, liver, and kidney for the first time, which was a little weird, to be honest. Not to mention that my host brother had hunted the deer. But overall, we had an awesome New Year with Fireworks and typical New Year's songs.

    In the Winter season, several churches in Stuttgart have soup kitchens every day to feed the homeless. So this January, I helped Rotary with their Hands-On Project of feeding the homeless. Hundreds of people came and we helped serve them.

    It was surely an awesome experience to help the community.

    In the beginning of February, my school had a one-day ski trip to Oberstdorf, in the border of Germany and Austria. This is a funny story because I haven't skied, or more specifically, snowboarded for two years, and was not especially good at it when I did it, either. But, I always liked snow and winter sports so I told myself "Let's give it a try". And indeed I did... I really did try, but I would fall on my face every time, and all of my school friends were pros because they have grown up with snow, so in my opinion, they had an unfair advantage! But after many, many, many falls, I started to kind of get the hang of it. And regardless of how bad I was, it is always fun when you are with friends. One of my friends even tried to teach me and was really sweet to me even though I was terrible.

    A German tradition that I also really liked was the Karnaval. I was only familiar with the colorful, energetic Brazilian Carnaval and its Parades, but this was totally different. In German Karnavals, people are supposed to look ugly and scare the public. These people participating in the parade, wear ugly masks of witches or ogres, for example, scaring, giving people high fives, and just acting silly. The Karnaval has a really nice energy and everyone is very into it, which I thought was very special.

    It has already been 6 Months and I am still loving it!!!

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  • Marcella, Outbound to Germany

    My Exchange in Germany

    The first two months of my exchange were just amazing!

    Though I didn't get welcomed by a poster with my name and a bunch of people, like I expected, I was warmly welcomed by my older host brother, Leo, and my host mom, Susanne. It was a bit awkward at first since everything was new to me and also because my German wasn't very good. But as time passed, I got more and more used to the family I was living with.

    They were always very nice to me and showed me things about the German culture and its traditions.

    We also traveled to pretty cities nearby and to my surprise to Italy! I was so happy, because I've always, always wanted to go to Italy. I loved the Italian culture, language, and definitely the food!!It was so fun and warm, in contradiction to the cold weather of Germany!

    Other pretty exciting things I did were that I went to the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the IAA (International Automobil-Ausstellung)- the biggest car exposition in the world! This was very significant to me because I love cars and it is something that I always wished to do with my dad, and- check!- I finally did it!

    I definitely did not know what to expect from my school, but in the end, I really liked it. The bad part about going to school was that I had to take a train and 2 buses to get there, which is more or less AN HOUR! But other than the painful two hours of my life each day on public transportation (the public transportation here is amazing, just a lil' boring!), my school was interesting. Most days we leave school after lunch, so that was awesome compared to my 9 hour-school-days back home.

    The people were very friendly, all, of course, wanted to know the exchange student, which made it so much easier to make friends. And, to my surprise, everyone-and I really do mean everyone- speaks English here, and that is not very good for me because everyone wants to speak to me in English, but all I really want to do is practice my German!

    In addition, I have become part of my school's Choir and International Club. Moreover, I have also joined a dance class and a German course, which not only are fun, but I get to meet more people outside school!

    Finally, the biggest change I have had experienced is the cold weather!!! Living in Florida for four years, I had almost forgotten that Winter existed and I was definitely not ready for it! I've had to buy so many sweaters, long sleeve shirts, and warm shoes here, but I am pulling through... I will survive this winter!

    To the future OBs: I definitely think you guys are going to be very happy with your decision to go abroad, I know, I sure am!

    Plus, if you guys have any questions about exchange don't hesitate to ask!

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