Case Study: Sabi goes to Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro

Sunset over Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro by Chris Phillips

This article was written by Sabi Johnson-Radcliffe, published on 22nd July 2010 and has been read 28992 times.

Sabi Johnson-Radcliffe spent her year abroad in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. Teaching English in Rio, she teamed up with the CIACAC organisation, working in favelas and around the city. She took a CELTA course as well as its equivalent to teach Spanish at the International House World Organisation, Buenos Aires.
Where did you go?
I went to Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.

Was your trip organised by your university?
The year out was obligatory but I organised everything. It's part of the degree when you’re studying foreign languages.Did you have any problems whilst you were out there?
I had a number of problems whilst I was out there. I had some serious health problems, which was a challenge in a different country. I also experienced robberies and assaults. But this is not the case with everyone, I was just very unlucky.

Did you struggle at first with the language?
I had problems with Portuguese more than Spanish as it was a language I had only been studying for 2 years.

How do you think your time abroad has benefited you for the future?
It has improved my languages and my resilience. I am very independent now; more so than I thought I would have needed to be.

Would you recommend going abroad to other students? 
I would highly recommend going abroad to other students. It changes you greatly, opens doors to other possibilities you hadn’t even thought of and makes you stronger as a person as a result. 

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