For 2 months I stayed in Aracaju, Brazil, to learn Portuguese and get to know the Brazilian culture. Every day I had 2 hours of Portuguese lessons at a language school. The teachers were very nice and helped me to get integrated very quickly. After a few weeks I was already able to understand the people and speak a bit. As soon as I made friends I talked a lot more Portuguese and was amazed by how quick I learned the language.
The life in Brazil is a lot different from the life in Europe. I lived together with a family in a flat in a gated community. The area where I lived had a public swimming pool and a gym where you could participate at fitness courses. So I spent a lot of time in the community, what made it very easy to make friends. Often me and my friends would go to the swimming pool.
Outside of the gated community I went a lot to markets. I loved all the different fruits there and the fresh squeezed juices we made of them. There are so many fruits that I didn't even try them all. The food there, that comes along with about everything you eat, is black beans with rice there. Another type of food that I experienced is tapioca, which is very nice as well. In the weekends we often drove to a beach and had a walk.
The 2 months were great!
I learned a lot in Brazil and will never regret the time I spend there.
Academic Internship in Brazil - Biomedical Sciences student in England, due to graduate in July 2015.
During my summer vacation of 2014 (July- August) I decided that I wanted to gain some international experience in my field, and in particular in Brazil so that I could develop my professional vocabulary in Portuguese. Since I had no idea of how things work outside of the UK in terms of employment and student internships I had to find someone who could help me out.
Marcia from Mapaei was incredibly helpful! After a Skype meeting with her, where I explained exactly what I wanted to do, the field of Biomedical Sciences I was interested in, and what I hoped to achieve through an international placement, she was able to immediately find me contact details of numerous professors at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)- the one of best academic institutions in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, located in the city of Porto Alegre.
Within one week I managed to organise an internship in a research laboratory at UFRGS, where I was given the opportunity to work on a research project where I investigated the diversity of bacteria sampled from the oral cavities of coastal serpents in Brazil. I had an amazing time out therel!
At the end of my time in Porto Alegre, I felt that I acquired a range of skills and developed not only as a professional, but also as a person. The opportunity to spend time living in a different country and learning how academic research is conducted by different people allowed me to learn a lot of new things about myself and discover skills I never imagined I could have before!
I would definitely recommend spending some time abroad (especially in Brazil) to anyone, whether attending lessons or undertaking a student internship- there will be plenty of professional skills to develop that will significantly strengthen your CV. If given the opportunity I would certainly do this again!
Many thanks to the team at Mapaei- they deserve a lot of credit for helping me find such an incredible supervisor who kindly accepted me as a temporary member of her research group and for helping me understand all the bureaucracy that is involved when international students undertake placements in Brazil!”
Intercâmbio em Toronto
“Há tempos sonhava com meu primeiro passo em terras Canadenses. Tive a sorte de encontrar amigos de infância que me incentivaram a realizar este sonho que duraria três meses – momento decisivo. Quando conheci a MAPAei, tive a certeza de apoio na minha estadia. Momentos críticos sempre existirão e a ajuda constante dessa equipe, que ainda tem suporte com o Programa Welcome, foi essencial. O Programa Welcome consiste no apoio de um Brasileiro que te recebe e te auxilia num primeiro momento para te integrar a cultura, a língua e aos costumes locais. Foi uma experiência incrível que quero passar de novo e de novo. Despertou em mim a vontade de conhecer o mundo. Obrigado MAPAei.”
Intercâmbio na China
“www.google.com.br MORAR NA CHINA. Foi assim que eu comecei a minha pesquisa quando eu decidi mudar de vida em Fevereiro de 2014! Em seguida, depois de entrar em alguns links, me veio o link mais interessante e cheio de novidades no site UMA FAMÍLIA BRASILEIRA NA CHINA . Foi então que eu realmente comecei a montar meus planos para a minha futura viagem! Contactei a Chris, escritora do Blog, e a Marcia da Mapaei. O meu retorno foi imediato! A Chris e a Márcia formam uma dupla extremamente responsável, e simplesmente não medem esforços para fazer a sua viagem ser a mais perfeita possível! Elas dão assessoria do início ao fim!!! Desde todos os documentos, e procedimentos necessários no Brasil, até a recepção maravilhosa na China! Você, quando resolve mudar de vida no outro lado do mundo, é necessário ter assessoria com responsabilidade, e ter a certeza de que sua chegada vai ser segura e cheia de novidades boas!!! Em todos os aspectos, a parceria dessas duas brasileiras é perfeita! Eu indico e recomendo!”