Interview by Emma Dickinson
Last school year my family had the privilege of hosting an exchange student from Brazil. The exchange program was organized through the Rotary. Nicole lived with us and attended CB West as a senior. I learned a lot about her culture and it was great to have an older sister, too. Nicole spoke three languages: Portuguese, German and English. She also benefitted from the exchange program. I recently interviewed her to ask about her experience.
1. Why did you decide to do the exchange in America?
The Rotary program sends students all over the world. I wanted America because I had seen so many American movies and TV shows and I wanted to experience the culture. I also liked the choice of America because there are people from all over the world that live there.
2. What are some differences between here and where you live in Brazil?
In Brazil, we do not have peanut butter. Our school day is also much shorter. We go from 7:30 am-12:00 pm. After our regular school day most students go to English language classes or to work.
3. What did you enjoy most about your experience in the United States?
I met so many great people. I enjoyed all of the friends that I made at CB West and through the rotary program. I also liked visiting new places.
4. How did the exchange benefit you?
I became more independent, improved my English and made some great friends that I am still in contact with today.
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