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Five months in Gander

After spending five months in Gander, four international studies students from Brazil said they’d be returning home with memories that will last a lifetime. Pictured, from the left are: Vanessa Quliroz, Sandy Cordeire, Luzia Santos and Lorena Ferreira.
After spending five months in Gander, four international studies students from Brazil said they’d be returning home with memories that will last a lifetime. Pictured, from the left are: Vanessa Quliroz, Sandy Cordeire, Luzia Santos and Lorena Ferreira.

Sitting on the couch of one of their host families, four Brazilian teenagers reflect upon the last five months they’ve spent in Newfoundland and Labrador.

If it was an experience they enjoyed, one of their favorite Newfoundland terms could be used “yes b’y”.

The teenagers were in Gander as part of Win the World, through the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, which sends 4,000 students abroad annually to develop their English language skills.

In coordination with the Newfoundland Labrador International Studies, 100 Brazilian students arrived in the province in August; 20 were destined for Central. There are 1,000 Win the World students across Canada.

Since arriving the 16-year-olds, and one 15-year-old, have been going to school, travelling and taking in the Newfoundland and Labrador Culture. In experiencing snow for the first time they got to take in snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

While they find the weather a bit colder, they find the smaller community setting relaxing compared to the city life.

“I actually like it here, because it’s smaller, it’s not as busy and not as much traffic and noise,” said Lorena.

The girls had taken English courses in Brazil, and their first trip to Canada saw the group fully immersed in the language.

“It was so different,” said Luzia. “But after spending time here it has really helped.”

The girls have since gone back home; departing Jan. 22 and Jan. 25.

While they will miss their Gander host family and friends, they are looking forward to being reacquainted with their families.

“It was the greatest experience I’ve had in my life,” said Luzia. “The people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made are memories that I will carry with me forever.”

If it was an experience they enjoyed, one of their favorite Newfoundland terms could be used “yes b’y”.

The teenagers were in Gander as part of Win the World, through the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, which sends 4,000 students abroad annually to develop their English language skills.

In coordination with the Newfoundland Labrador International Studies, 100 Brazilian students arrived in the province in August; 20 were destined for Central. There are 1,000 Win the World students across Canada.

Since arriving the 16-year-olds, and one 15-year-old, have been going to school, travelling and taking in the Newfoundland and Labrador Culture. In experiencing snow for the first time they got to take in snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

While they find the weather a bit colder, they find the smaller community setting relaxing compared to the city life.

“I actually like it here, because it’s smaller, it’s not as busy and not as much traffic and noise,” said Lorena.

The girls had taken English courses in Brazil, and their first trip to Canada saw the group fully immersed in the language.

“It was so different,” said Luzia. “But after spending time here it has really helped.”

The girls have since gone back home; departing Jan. 22 and Jan. 25.

While they will miss their Gander host family and friends, they are looking forward to being reacquainted with their families.

“It was the greatest experience I’ve had in my life,” said Luzia. “The people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made are memories that I will carry with me forever.”

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