Taylor, Outbound to Brazil

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I have been in Brazil for 26 days and it still feels like a dream. When I got off the plane I was greeted by my host mother and host sister holding a banner and flowers for me. I was immediately taken to the outbound orientation for my district. I was asked to speak in front of the parents in Portuguese. I was completely terrified. I took a breath and recited the introduction I had rehearsed. “oi meu nome e Taylor. Eu sou dos Estados Unidos.” Everyone Cheered and I was taken to the room with the outbound students. I was asked to talk to the students in English and explain what the process to be an exchange student is like in America. After that we came home and I was finally able to sleep. When I first started school, I was so nervous I could hardly remember how to walk. Looking back, I didn’t have anything to worry about. Everyone in the class came up to me and told me that if I ever needed anything, I could ask any of them for help . School is still a little hard for me because I don’t know the language very well yet, but I am understanding about 30% of what the teachers say. I still try to take notes and participate because that’s the only way to get better. The first weekend I spent in Brazil, I spent at an amazing house on a lake. I got to try water skiing. I found out it is so much harder than I originally thought. I got to try paddle boarding too. It was so much fun and so peaceful. I had my first orientation last weekend. It was so cool to meet all the other exchange students. I found two other girls from the USA and a girl from Germany who only lives 20 minutes from where I am staying.