Hola! My name is Raimel Garcia, and I'm from Cuba. Cuba is a country in the middle of the Caribbean sea, a Tropical Island, that is really beautful, and the people is super kind. I live in Miami with My father and step-mother and step brothers. When I saw I was choosen to go to Brazil, I was so excited that I didn't knew what to do. It is really cool for me to go to Brazil, becasue I want to learn everything about that culture and language. By the way, my step-mom is brazilian, and speaks portuguese, so she is teaching me some portuguese and things from her culture.
One of the things I enjoy the most is traveling. I love traveling, and not only traveling, but learning about the place I go to visit, and the language. I expect from myself to speak 5 different languages somday. I love knowing how others think and how their culture works. I know this year is going to be amaizing, so my goal is to learn the most I can from there and be part of them.
Thanks for this great Opportunity that is going to open doors in my life. Thanks thanks thanks.. :D
Raimel- Outbound to Brazil
When I say ďIím loving it hereĒ is just little for what Iím really feeling
like. Since I stepped out of Guarulhos Airport and received my host familyís
warm welcome I realized that I started my journey of learning and
discovering a world of wonders.
I can just say that Brazilians are the most beautiful people in all senses,
even when they are mad. They are caring, supper dramatic, funny,
ridiculously outgoing, warm, helpful, crazy, and more important, loving
people. Their hostage is the warmest Iíve ever experienced. Theyíll do
everything for you to feel confortable, like home.
Brazilian music is really good. Samba is the dance I like the most (even
though I suck at it) but Iím still trying to learn how to dance it.
Listening to Brazilian music makes you feel high with happiness and love,
and not wanting to stop dancing. The food is amazing too. I feel like Iím
coming back to the States rolling like a ball, because I just eat too much.
Iíve been going to the gym to loose some of the calories I gained through
the day, because they have like great variety of meals, and I just want to
try everything, and everything is so delicious. Iím in a food heaven. *__*
Besides all the fun and happiness, school is really different here. Iíve
learned a lot of the language pretty fast, but the classes are not that
interesting for me. You cannot choose the classes you like or even go by
your own peace. Everyone in your grade does the same classes and goes
through the year at the same rate. Also classes are really easy (only
language is a barrier), but still you can understand pretty well. The
student-teacher relationship itís different as it is in the States. Teachers
and students have nicknames, and they mess with each other in class and
laugh, unlike the States where you call them Mr./Mrs. and there is no much
relationship but the student-teacher relationship. Still is pretty
interesting the way they teach, like it makes you feel more familiar.
>From Oct.18 Ė Oct. 20/2012 I had the greatest opportunity in my life. I
went to Bolivia and then to the Amazon Rainforest. It was the most amazing
feeling being in there with all the nature, animals and the peace of the
forest. But in all that beauty there was something shocking too. As you go
by to enter the rainforest or coming out, you can experience all the
deforestation and pollution caused by the construction of the hydroelectric
and the manís work. It is changing the landscape completely and bringing
problems to the natives of the region. Its devastating the feeling. The
experience can be resumed as ďa life changing experience: spiritually and
These two months Iíve spent here were remarkable, and by knowing the culture
and my new friends and the language, I feel like the rest of the year is
going to be as amazing as this two last month have been, full of knowledge
and experiences that will make me look at this world with different vision.
Iím really happy for having this 5th choice, the best choice Iíve ever made.
Iím happy for everything that has happened to me. Iím happy for having the
great friends that will last as long as I live. And more important, Iím
happy for being here, at home, in Brazil.