Juliane from Brazil talking about her experience at Good Hope Studies (October 2018):
"My exchange program in Cape Town was a transformational experience in my life. I decided to make the most of my time in one month, so I spent two weeks studying the English language at the Good Hope Studies and staying with a host family and the other two weeks working as a volunteer in a project called Caring for the Elderly.
During the time that I stayed with the host family, I could participate in the family’s routine. It was very interesting to know their habits about food and their simple lifestyle. I could learn about the culture, the techniques to save water, to speak about my daily experience and received suggestions about good places to visit the next day. I felt like a member of the family!
At the school, I made friends and shared with them the good experience in Cape Town. I could also explore the city with my new friends and this really helped me to improve my English. I had excellent teachers who presented social, economical and cultural issues in the country. At the same time, I learnt enough new words to start a conversation with my friends and understood what problems the country was facing. I could also understand where the country was doing well.
I got to know more about Cape and other cities and amazing attractions (reserves to do game drives/safaris), beautiful beaches and mountains to go hiking, delicious food, colors and typical group of singers on the streets to make my trip unforgettable and made my heart fall in love with this country!
When I moved to the student's accommodation, I had a roommate from the Netherlands, and we always talked about how our day was.
As a volunteer, I could help the elderly and they reciprocated it with smiles and thank yous which really made my day. I could reflect on my life and what I can do differently to contribute to this world.I changed my mindset in some aspects as a person.To give attention and just listen to people about their life stories, these simple acts can really make a difference to them.
Thank you ladies and all the coworkers (nurses, caretakers, therapist and managers) of the program!!"