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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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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How Switzerland Saved Me: A Retrospective on my Year Abroad

Preparing for the year. A year abroad is a daunting prospect. To be thrown into another country with no one you know, little real understanding of the area until you actually get there and an array of opportunities ahead of

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