For many years I wanted to travel to Brazil, I wanted to experience the Brazilian culture myself and practice the language. I looked for different programs and organizations, but none of them fulfilled my expectations, until I came across Brazilian Experience. This program in Rio de Janeiro was exactly what I was looking for.
I was able to work at the Tijuca National Park, which is this amazing forest located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. I started working on some wildlife preservation projects at first, but then I decided to help on the orientation of foreign tourists. I was asked to help on Corcovado, where Christ the Redeemer is, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The park received thousands of tourists each day, so it was an awesome experience.
The BE staff was always concerned about me, they wanted to know if I was doing okay or if I needed anything. Renata, the coordinator in Rio de Janeiro, was so nice to me, always looking to help and make me feel comfortable. Although I wasn't staying in her house, I could always visit her, talk to her about anything, ask for advice, etc. I really appreciated all her help.
Also, I could not have asked for a better host family. I stayed with them for the entire three months, and they always treated me as another member of their family. They were so hospitable since day one. They wanted me to feel like home, always attentive to my needs. It was such a nice experience to have spent my time with them. I learned so much from them.
I could just keep writing about how awesome this program was, but then nobody would want to read this review. So I'm just going to say, you should not miss an opportunity like this. Just pack your bags, buy the plane ticket and sign up with Brazilian Experience. You will not regret it.