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Abroad in: Rio de Janeiro

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Abroad in:
Rio de Janeiro

The Everyday Experience
Classes & Coursework
Race, Nation and Cultural Identity
History of Brazil
Urban Narratives
Music & Society
Portuguese Language Novice & Emerging Independent
Service Learning
IBMEC & ESPM business courses
Fieldtrips/field studies
Flamengo, Copacobana and other beach neighborhoods
3 girls, one host mom
Separate bedrooms, courtyard in middle with hammocks
Maid, weekly laundry, house rules
5 minute walk from subway line
8 minute walk from Flamengo beach
Life Outside of Class
Homestays
Travels
Minas Gerais
Amazonas
5 day trip
Traveled by train, boat and bus
Wet season
Hotel Tropical & Juma Lodge
The Amazon River emerges where two other rivers meet - Solimões and Negro - and the capital of the state, Manaus, is located at the banks of Negro River
Juma Amazon Lodge is located 62 miles southeast of Manaus
Bungalows on water
Piranha fishing (and eating), educational jungle walks, canoeing, sunrise outings, swimming, playing with baby monkeys, local family visits, caymen hunting , Piraruco floating dock
Favorite memory: dolphins swimming around lodge in the morning while we ate breakfast
Challenges
New people & environment
Initial judgements
Homesickness
Navigating a large city
Fear
Language
Homestay
Money
Figuring out how to get the most out of my experience
In Conclusion
"I deeply miss my time in Rio. For a long time I was unsure how to say farewell to something that pushed me to my limits, brought me to my knees, made me question everything I thought to be true about myself- but also reminded me that I was alive and living, strong, spirited and more adaptable than I had thought. It was an exhausting and break-taking semester and I’m proud to say I cried and I struggled and I laughed and I danced in the streets and I held baby Howler monkeys and I saw golden churches built by slaves and I realized that just because something isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful.

At the beginning of the semester I would have never said this, but now it is more than true. I will go back to Rio. Again, and again, and probably again. I no longer struggle with saying farewell to her because when something is good and challenging and honest and new it becomes a part of who you are. I have been shaped, however slightly, by this marvelous city. Until I return a little part of me lies waiting to come alive again.
To make it short and sweet Rio is in my heart and is a part of who I am, whether I am above the equator or below.

You were never gentle with me. You were always awake and loud and with a suffocating heat that made sleeping a challenge. But you opened up the world for me, and for that Rio, I thank you immensely."
Successes
Learned some Portuguese
Examined myself in a new context with new people and gained clarity/insight
Found places I enjoyed being & spent time there
Realized the power of choice, chose to be happy
Made friends for life
Let the city take hold of me & fell in love
6 million people, 2nd largest city in Brazil after Sao Paulo
Capital from 1763-1960 when it moved to Brasilia
"Cidade Marvilhosa"
Christ the Redeemer Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Ipanema Beach, Copacabana Beach, Sambódromo, Maracana Stadium, and Tijuca National Park
New Years (Réveillon) & Carnivale
"Biking City", 46 miles (74km) of bicycle pathways, most stretching alongside the beaches
1/5 of population resides in a favela
White people (51.2%), Brown (Multiracial) people (36.5%), Black people (11.5%), East Asian people (0.7%), Amerindian people (0.1%).
The City Itself
Students & Orientation
12 students from every area in the U.S
Juniors & Seniors
Business School background
Fluent in Spanish, minor Portuguese knowledge
Health, safety, academics, transportation
Botanical Garden, Christ the Redeemer, Sambódromo/Parade of Champions
Beach, bike riding, hiking
Clubs, our favorite one overlooked the beach
Lapa!
Neighborhood festivals
Complexo do Alemão- Favela with cable cars
Cultural /art exhibits
Travel to Sao Paulo, Paquetá, Niteroi, Buzios
Jiu Jitsu
Ilha Grande
Island located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, and part of the municipality of Angra dos Reis, largely undeveloped and noted for its scenic beauty
Tropical beaches, luxuriant vegetation and a rugged landscape
Lazareto Prison closed in 1994, no tourists until this point, helped preserve island
Holds some of the largest remaining populations of endangered species
Roadless and off-limits to cars
The largest village called Vila do Abraão- 1900 inhabitants
3 days spent at a Pousada
Traveled by boat 60 miles south of Rio
Lopes Mendes beach
Hiking trails, body boarding
Low-maintenance lifestyle

Inhotim Garden
4 Days spent in Ouro Preto ("black gold", the most important Brazilian ensemble of Baroque architecture, a World Heritage Site) & Tiradentes
Cities such as these "...hold a great deal of colonial history, largely untouched by time. Grand churches, government buildings, and noble residences abound, their histories entwined with the local gold rush, slavery, and the Inconfidência Mineira, an important early attempt to break free from colonial rule"
Gold mines, old churches, museums, restaurants, Artesenato shops
Train ride to the historic city of São João Del Rei


I would say that the best thing about being a student in Rio was waking up to so many sunny mornings. It was the sense of stepping out the door expecting the unexpected. It was feeling the sun on my skin, the palm trees dancing in the wind, and seeing Christo greeting me with his open arms.

Bom dia and como vai? were the first phrases I learned. These were simple words that meant a lot to me. A simple bom dia from my host mom, Laila, or a stranger would set the tone for a good day. The best thing about being a student in Rio de Janeiro is learning to adapt to a culture that is full of joy, where happiness comes first and work comes after, an aspect that lacks in our culture.

Rio is a city where professors are like friends and friends are like family. Rio will and forever be in a special place in my heart and deeply ingrained in my memories. I miss going on runs by copacapana, enjoying a cold guarana on a sunny beach day, and how can I forget the beautiful sun sets by Ipanema beach. I dearly miss Octavio and Silvia, o duo dinâmico. Without them my Rio experience wouldn't have been as epic. And of course I miss every single one of my classmates, I am glad we were the first IES group in Rio because we did it right and I doubt any other group will have the connection that we did. Thank you IES for this wonderful opportunity. Saudades é até logo meus amigos queridos.
The best thing about
being a student in Rio ?
- Joel Hilario
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