Sharday Patrick

 Bolivia

Hometown: Lecanto, Florida
School: Lecanto
Sponsor District : District 6950
Sponsor Club: Crystal River, Florida
Host District: 4690
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Amboro


My Bio


Hola, cómo esta, me llamo Sharday Patrick, I am fourteen years old and currently I am a freshman at Lecanto High School. During the 2017-18 school year I will be in Bolivia thanks to the rotary youth exchange program. I am so very thankful to have this opportunity and I hope to come back from this exchange a better person and with a better sense of the world outside of my small home in Lecanto, Florida. Speaking of home, I live with my mom, dad, and four brothers. At school, I am in the Pre-IB program and take Spanish 1, which is one of the best coincidences ever, due to the fact that Spanish is the official language of my host country. In my downtime, I like to draw, read, write, and recently, even knit. As a kid, I used to move around a lot due to the military, so traveling has become a common theme in my life, and I have come to enjoy and anticipate it, so this exchange is something that I am looking forward to. I cannot wait to finally see the world outside of America, meet new people, and have many distinct experiences and unforgettable memories.

Some of my exchange friends and I forming the word Bolivia

Some of my exchange friends and I forming the word Bolivia

A few of the American exchange kids and I doing a cool pose at Salar de Uyuni

A few of the American exchange kids and I doing a cool pose at Salar de Uyuni

Some of my best friends and me on Salar

Some of my best friends and me on Salar

A pretty sunset

A pretty sunset

One of my good friends and me having a photo taken together

One of my good friends and me having a photo taken together

All the exchange students in Bolivia

All the exchange students in Bolivia

The group of exchange girls jumping in front of a beautiful sunset on Salar

The group of exchange girls jumping in front of a beautiful sunset on Salar

Journals: Sharday-Bolivia Blog 2017-18

  • Sharday, Outbound to Bolivia

    Hey there everyone, it has been quite a while and in that amount of time an equal amount of things have happened, if not more.

    One thing is that I have received a new family, who I am so happy with. I live much closer to my school and so many other places that were just too far before. Each of my families have been so different from not only each other but also my family back in Florida. My father works a lot and my host siblings go between living with me and my host dad and their mom. I even have a maid in this host family who is so nice and is such a helpful resources with learning spanish and new foods to cook.

    Going back to school this month has been a trip. All my classmates are so impressed by how much I've improved with my spanish and that now I can understand them with out needing a translator on stand by. I am getting much closer with my classmates due to this and sometimes I find myself speaking in spanish when there is no need, like in english class, to my parents back home, or even in my head. It is quite funny but it makes me so happy to see how much I have grown and how much more I will grow in these next 4 months that I have.

    My 16th birthday was just a couple weeks ago, and I know that I will never forget this one, it will be one of the most interesting ones I have ever had. I didn't really plan on having a party on my birthday, just spending it with my family and some friends. So when i woke up to a cake and my family and their friends, I was a little surprised. Later I went out and got my nails done with my friend, we went back to the house to pick up so stuff before we had to go and meet some other. When i had walked into my house, I was greeted with all the exchange students in my city. There was cake, confetti, a pinata, and many many laughs shared. I got my face shoved into a cake which is a normal thing to do here, and a first time for me. Nevertheless, I loved it and all the people who helped plan it.

    One of the best things to happen to me not only here, but ever, has got to be the Bolivia Trip. Spending two whole weeks traveling with all the exchange students in Bolivia was so much fun. We got to see so many different parts of Bolivia, how each department is not the same, the weather, foods, and spanish all vary in each part. It was so cool to no only be able to learn about my host country, but all the other countries of the many different exchange students. This trip was filled with so many different emotions that I never realized we were reaching a close till we were in the airport. That probably one of the saddest days in my life, only to be topped by the day that I finally have to end this dream.

    I truly have been loving my exchange, there are its down points. When it greats very stressful, or frustrating when the some words go over my head, or when the homesickness hits me really hard on one day. But then I go out and hang out with my friends, or think about how much I have changed over 6 months and I realize that this exchange is nothing easy, but it is something that is totally worth all its pitfalls.

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  • Sharday, Outbound to Bolivia

    Hola, so this is my first journal entry of the year, let's hope I make this a good one.

    So far it has been about 7 weeks and Bolivia is so so so great. Before coming here I knew nothing about Bolivia and my Spanish was so very small. But now, after spending sometime with the people and learning the ways that things are done, I can say I really really like it here.

    My first day was very busy, I went out and at then went home, put my stuff down, took a shower, and then headed off to school to meet my classmates, my host brother and have some lunch. It was fun and everyone was so nice, later I took a Spanish test, which would help place me in my Spanish class that I have every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

    From there, I started getting a schedule, I would go to school and then on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I would go to the gym for two hours, I decided to try out boxing, and then go to Spanish for an hour. My weekdays are busy, most Tuesday and Thursday are spent catching up on sleep or hanging out with my aunts, uncles, and grandparents who live across the street from me.

    A few things that are new to me is the kissing one the cheek, you always do it. With friends, or people who are friends of friends/family, or classmates. Its actually fun but it took sometime to get use to.

    Another thing is the heat. Oh my goodness is it hot, and I knew it would be, I mean it is South America, but it slipped my mind that the seasons are opposite. So, even though I think it is very hot now, it is only spring, I'm just waiting for summer to roll around to see just how hot it gets.

    There are tons of more things that are so new to me that I could go on and on about, but I will save them for another time.

    My host family is a god send, though no one but my brother speaks English, they help me out so much, and they have taught me so much. Because of them, I have to say my Spanish has improved a lot more from where it was at before I left. My family here is big, which isn't that much of an adjustment since I come from a family of six, but it's different to have my aunts and uncles and grandparents so close, a few feet instead of miles away.

    School is very different, I have a ton more class and instead of having new faces each class, I see the same ones in each different classroom. The other kids are very nice and try to include me and the other exchanges students in the things they are doing.

    Speaking of the other exchange students, they all are so nice and just very fun to be around. Most of the kids are from the US and France, but there are some who are from other countries. We like to hang out and talk and speak in Spanish if we can.

    All in all, Bolivia has been a blast these last seven weeks, going to see Cotoca, a market place not to far from my house, and going to school, taking the Mirco (a public bus), and so many other things has just been too much fun and so very different from anything in my life before, I don't really have the words to say it. But, its absolutely amazing.

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