I’m writing this from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I’ve been working as a volunteer in a favela for the last three months. The organisation I’m volunteering for is Iko Poran and I’m living in a shared house in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood with other volunteers. I study Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at Newcastle University and wanted to share my year abroad experience so far, so here’s a snippet!
Oi, bom dia! My name is Hannah and I am studying Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Southampton and I am currently spending my year abroad studying at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brazil - or UFSC (“oof-skee”) as the local students call it - as part of my Year Abroad. Florianópolis is a small island just off the coast of southern Brazil. For most, going to Brazil on their Year Abroad is fairly unheard of so I really wanted to give you an insight into a week in the life of a student here. Here goes!