Brazil, Brazil, Brazil

Where do I begin…my year abroad in Brazil was INTERESTING, I learnt a lot about myself and Brazilian society but I wouldn’t want to do a disservice to future Year Abroad (YA) students by saying it was all a bed

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The Boy in Brazil

The Brazilians have a famous saying; “O Brasil não é para principiantes” meaning that Brazil is not for beginners. This motif became apparent even before I had arrived. Ever since I was young it had been a dream of mine to live

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Southampton to Medellín

Most people (my own family included) perceived Colombia, particularly Medellín as a hotspot for drug trafficking, kidnapping, prostitution and murder. I was determined to prove this “Narcos” fuelled stereotype wrong by spending a year there and coming back alive. My

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An unforgettable experience

I remember being told that your year abroad would be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. But in all honesty, the prospect of my year abroad seemed somewhat scary. I’d no longer be two hours away from home and I was SO

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This is America: Studying in Washington D.C.

Over the last academic year, I have been studying in Washington D.C., United States of America. Before flying out there, all I could think is ‘how on earth am I going to survive?’ And now, having spent just under 2

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Out of town in Xiang’an (翔安)

“Oh, so you’re heading to China for your year abroad? Beijing or Shanghai I guess?” “Nope, Xiamen.” The city is in the bracket of up and coming like most in China. Situated within the scenic Fujian region of South-East China

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