Study Abroad Testimonials

Tere’ssa Fleming, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

Tere’ssa Fleming, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

Salvador, Brazil

Class of 2023

Tere’ssa Fleming, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

My time in Salvador is something that is still continuing to shape and inspire me months after I have left Brazil. Dr. Azeredo- Cerqueira worked tirelessly to help immerse us into the culture of Salvador. Salvador is a vibrant, exciting, and honest city that is full of sunshine. The curriculum challenged us to think outside of our typical western education, while being able to leave the classroom witness what we were just learning about. This style of learning has stuck with me and helped me excel in my courses at Homewood. My favorite parts of my trip to Salvador was watching the sunset with the Salvadorian community whether from the beach, a mountain, or our school classroom and clapping at the beautiful day in Brazil that we just lived. I can’t wait until I can go back to Salvador!

Grace Kim, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

Grace Kim, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

Salvador, Brazil

Class of 2020

Grace Kim, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

Studying abroad in Brazil during my junior year Intersession was an unforgettable experience. At first, I was nervous to be going to a whole new country where I didn’t know the language and was going to stay with a host family. However, everyone was nice and welcoming, even if I couldn’t understand or speak Portuguese, and learning small phrases in Portuguese class helped. I was amazed by how diverse yet unified Brazilian culture was and enjoyed getting the opportunity to learn more about capoeira and graffiti and to eat new foods such as acai and maracuja. I definitely grew to be more culturally aware and stepped out of my comfort zone during this immersive program. I now want to go back to Brazil in the near future!

Junyao Li, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

Junyao Li, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

Salvador

Class of 2020

Junyao Li, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

My spring break trip to Brazil is one of my fondest Hopkins memories. Instead of gaining a secondhand knowledge from textbook and reading, I was able to learn about their music, their dance, their food by experiencing them myself. The class was organized around public health, culture and politics, and it is taught by local professors who are experts in the field. Never would I thought that I would learn about the public health issues and Brazilians’ creative ways of solving these issues by talking directly with nurses and social workers. It was also beyond fortunate to learn about Brazilian graffiti from one of the graffiti artists himself.

Aside from classes, there was also a great amount of free time structured into the trip, and I was able to explore and experience Brazil on my own. Be it learning to make Brazilian cheese bread with my host mother or going to local coffee shops, I was able to make this learning exp erience my own. All of these amazing experiences could not have happened without mentioning professor Flavia. She did a great job, as she always does, selecting the participants, who helped elevate my learning experience. Flavia is always looking for feedbacks and she tries to make things better. You will not be disappointed from anything she dedicated herself into, including this trip. In addition, she is also approachable and flexible, the virtues that are beyond treasures for a trip like this.

Have you been ever stressed out by the massive amount of homework and exams from Hopkins? Have you ever thought about how your college experience would’ve been different have you gone to a different school? Have you ever felt like you wanted to create a special college memory that is more than Brody and MSE? LOOK NO FURTHER! This is the perfect opportunity for you to learn and to have fun! From sunshine and beaches to caipirinha and picanha, from candomblé and capoeira to samba and soccer, this is the trip where you can have it all, do it all! Sign up now for a life-long memory!

Ashraf Nawari, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

Ashraf Nawari, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

Salvador

Class of 2023

Ashraf Nawari, Intersession to Salvador, Brazil

I would say the time spent in Brazil was really an eye-opening experience. I loved learning about the different cultural aspects that we got to experience every day in Salvador. I had no knowledge on many things related to Brazil before the trip and after having spent some time there it already feels like another home. A big thanks to Professor Flavia and everyone at ICR Brasil for putting together the experience for us!