BridgeAbroad
84% Rating
(22 Reviews)

BridgeAbroad

With over 20 years of experience, Bridge is an established leader in the teach abroad market. BridgeAbroad internships and study abroad programs are a great way to start gaining professional experience while learning the local language. Internships also come with the opportunity to fill educational gaps in developing countries. Visit the BridgeAbroad website for more information on internships and language immersion programs.

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Skylor
Male
32 years old
Boise, ID
Valparaiso University

BridgeBrazil - Is Awesome - Muito Bom!

10/10

How about putting the best parts of New York City on the beaches of Miami and having a blast learning Portuguese? - Welcome to Rio and BridgeBrazil.

I highly recommend BridgeBrazil. My initial plan was to enroll in one week of intensive courses and travel for the next 3 weeks with a basic knowledge of Portuguese. What happened was I stayed week after week at BrazilBrazil for four weeks - and don't regret one second of it. Plus, the confidence gained at BridgeBrazil has motived me to continue studying Portuguese well after a year from attending the program.

Ok now for the program. Stellar teachers that rotate each day. One day the professor is a nerdy grammar hound, the next day is a flamboyant old man singing, and the next is a young hipster sharing Brazilian street smarts. Talk about fun! The staff is a blast, the facilities are clean, and the class rooms are small. The rooms are tiny - this was intimidating at first but it made for rapid learning and rewarding interaction.

Location is downtown Rio - easily accessible and the subway stop was next to the large street market (I shopped often times for items that just so happen to fall off the back of the truck...who am I to judge?)

My host mom was hilarious, luckily she spoke Spanish so any confusions could be sorted out in Spanish. Her apartment was located just up the street from Copacabana. I'm suggestion would be to stay with a host family for one to two weeks and get your own place through Airbnb.

How can this program be improved?

My airport pick-up was mixed up and there was a bit of confusion getting me to the host moms house. Aside from that I really think BridgeBrazil does an amazing job and well worth the cost.

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Matt
Male
32 years old
buenos aires, argentina

great program

8/10

I found the program to be very useful for what I was trying to achieve. The professors were great, the staff was wonderfully helpful, and you can't beat the location.

I did not use the housing option, so I can't comment on how that worked.

to finish up, I could not have asked for more from the bridge staff there, they were helpful, friendly, accommodating, and efficient.

How can this program be improved?

In terms of constructive criticism, I think that at the beginning of whatever amount of time you are going to spend with bridge, it would help to sit down with staff/professors to go over what it is that you want to accomplish over the period of time. there were afternoons/mornings where I was not sure how what we were doing fit into an overall strategy for me specifically. I think had I had a conversation about "what do you want to get out of these four weeks" perhaps it could have been tailored with a bit more sense of purpose. and it was clear that my two professors did not coordinate what I was working on, as they kept asking me what I had done with the other (which also didn't inspire confidence that they had a plan).

i got the most value out of the random conversations about life and culture with the professors and the daily reading of the newspaper than I did from the books/materials, they were poorly structured and were kind of frustrating because they were not coordinated (they all seemed to take a different approach to instruction) and some of them were clearly designed for a large class when I was just a class of one.

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Kyle
Male
32 years old
Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird School of Global Management

Excellent Portuguese Program

9/10

I felt the program was excellent. Right away the teachers would speak Portuguese with me, and rather than immediately telling me what the word was in English, they would use even simpler Portuguese to explain it to me. The teachers were some of the friendliest I've ever had, and they have amazing patience for students. I liked how we would go over all of the tenses even though I wasn't too advanced yet because it gave me a more holistic view of the language. The homestay provided an unparalled opportunity to practice listening and speaking every day because my host mother was fantastic. The food was great, and she was quite the chit-chatter which was perfect for me.

How can this program be improved?

Assign some more specific homework; many times one teacher would suggest to the students to do something, but the next day it was only corrected if the student asked. Personally, sometimes I need a push or a deadline to study harder.

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Iris
Female
24 years old
Helsinki

BridgeBrazil experience

9/10

I spent four weeks in total studying in Rio on a group intensive cours. I was very pleased with the facilities, the program, and most importantly the teachers.

The system of having one teacher a day proved to be an efficient way to learn, without having the feeling of being rushing. The small groups further enhance the efficient learning experience.

Staying with a host family gave me the perfect opportunity to train my skills outside the classroom and made my one-month stay a real total immersion to the Portuguese language.

How can this program be improved?

The teachers and the actual teaching taking place at bridge could not have been any better, which is of course the most important. However, I found there to be some improvement to be done within the administration. For instance, after taking the online test two times prior to course start, once on sight at the course start and once more at the end did not seem to be the most efficient way of organizing things.

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Graham
Male
24 years old
Santiago, Cl
University of Texas- Austin

be fluent

8/10

I speak spanish well, but am not fluent. Nobody in my office spoke engish so everything was a spanish, which was great because I got to practice, but was horrible because I rarely had anything to do for them. It's a 10.5 hour workday here which is a really long time if you're just browsing the internet. My homestay was awesome, and the people and the city are incredible

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