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Wellington High’s Pernambuco Students

For the first time this year Wellington High hosted students from northeastern Brazil’s Pernambuco state. 10 students came on a government scholarship scheme called ‘Win the World’. These are their impressions of their stay.


Meeting the New Zealand tuatara (related to the dinosaurs) at Nga Manu Wildlife Sanctuary, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Vanessa Da Silva and William Cabral

New Zealand is a beautiful country located in the ocean, separated into two islands, the North Island and the South Island. When people visit they don’t want to leave , it’s a place where we can learn about ourselves, different costumes, cultures and people. New Zealand is a great place to live – it’s calm, interesting, perfect weather, great food and the best thing are the polite people who respect you in every aspect. What make this wonderful country be what it is, is that the  people are very kind – they don’t care about what others are wearing or doing and  they make friends really easily. It is hard to say which one of our experiences here was our favourite one because all of them we simply loved . We think that just to come here was really awesome –  we enjoyed it all so much and this is why we don’t want to go back to Brazil! One of the greatest experiences that we had was the Agriculture trip our class went on. We learned to prune the grapevines in the vineyard, we learned how to use a gun for hunting and how to drive tiny cars (go-karts). We really, really, really loved this perfect experience and we’re not going to forget it ever because it was fantastic and we learned things that we never imagined we could learn. In the end we just have to say that we loved everything here – thank you to our host families who supported us, the excellent teachers and students at Wellington High School.

We are going to miss everything and everyone here.  Love ya New Zealand!!!  Hope to come back here! We’ll miss you!

Tais De Albuquerque Lins Godim

Nova Zelandia, um pais que me encantou com o seu desenvolvimento, com sua beleza. Um pais encantador, Educacao de primeira qualidade, e a wellington high school me proporcionou experiencias unicas e inesqueciveis, tanto em aprendizagem quanto em desenvolvimento pessoal. Durante 6 meses a wellington high school me ofereceu bastante aprendizagem, os professores sao incriveis e fazem com que o estudante se interesse a aprender o assunto. Vou sentir falta de tudo na Nova Zelandia!

New Zealand, a country that charmed me with its development, with its beauty. I had lovely host parents and a quality education.  Wellington High School provided me with unique and unforgettable experiences, both in learning and in personal development. During my 6 months in Wellington,  Wellington High School offered me great learning – the teachers are incredible and make the students interested in their subjects. I’ll miss everything about New Zealand!


Morgana Da Silva & Rayssa Rocha Da Silva

We are from Pernambuco, Brazil and we are part of the ‘Programa Ganhe o Mundo’ – it is a programme organised by the government of Pernambuco to allow the best students on their English course to be able to go to different parts of the world. We came to Wellington to improve our English and help our country to grow, with the assistance of our government. Our first day in Wellington was unforgettable, because when we arrived we were met by our host families who were lovely. The first day at Wellington High School was incredible because we knew little about the Maori culture. Wellington is amazing, because the people are friendly and helpful- the friendships we built here are special. We experienced many interesting things but the principal one was to have had the opportunity to meet New Zealanders. And for us the thing that we saw that was the most different was Maori culture, a culture which is very different from ours, but amazing. This exchange was the best thing that has happened in our lives – one new country, different people, a big experience. We will never forget the people who were part of this – the people who influenced us, who supported us, who gave us strength and who have made our English progress.

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Anderson De Santana Silva

I had not heard about New Zealand before I came here. I have decided that it is one of the best countries in the world, in education, living and so on.  I’ve learnt a lot since I’ve arrived here, not only in relation to my studies, but also about living and adapting to a new culture. While I’ve been here I have changed myself,  (not for the worse, but for the better) for example in my country when we get off the bus we don’t say “thank you driver” – we just get off and say nothing. I really had the best experience of my life here, coming to another country without being an excellent English speaker. Most people think that’s crazy, but we must be strong and open the doors to our new experience. Wellington High School has really excellent teachers. I’m not joking when I say I learnt in six months more than in my school in Brazil! The question is: “Why is it excellent?”  My answer is that it is because the teachers give their best to try and teach the students.  They try to make sure that you have really learnt things. In my country some teachers do that and some do not (most work because of the payment). New Zealand has a great lifestyle – I’ve known good people here with good personalities who are friendly to everybody. While I’ve been here I’ve tried to learn as many new things as I could about places, school subjects and so on. I am sad to be leaving.

Matheus Torres De Almeida

The realisation of a dream Before I came to New Zealand, my life was so quiet. I can remember clearly the day when I left Brazil,I was so excited and happy!  I travelled for two gruelling days before I arrived in the beautiful Kiwi territory. But all the fatigue of the journey was relieved with the sunrise in my window. New Zealand is more than amazing, it is a country where you find breathtaking landscapes around every corner. Although it is a small country, you can find unique and special things here, sometimes I wondered if I would find somewhere ugly here because everything is amazing. During the school holidays I travelled through the North Island and I was amazed at the amount of scenery and natural wonders that I found. The only bad thing was that I could not play in the snow! Studying at Wellington High School was another amazing experience that New Zealand gave me. I could participate in various activities throughout the school, such as kayaking, archery, scuba diving and Kapa Haka (a traditional Maori dance), among several other things. In addition there were a wide variety of subjects to choose from.

New Zealand provided me with the best days of my life, now I have a second nationality, a second family. It is very sad to think about leaving everything and everyone. Love NZ forever

Bernardo Evangelista – Niteroi, Brazil

Farewell 500x300Last year I decided to travel to an English-speaking country to improve my English, because the English courses in Brazil weren’t having the right effect. I talked with my father and we chose New Zealand, because it’s a country with a good quality of life. After that, we chose the city, and it was difficult, because for the most part all of New Zealand’s cities are really good. However one of my friends had already gone to Wellington and he told me about his experiences, so I decided to go to Wellington.

A week before I came to Wellington, I was so scared! I started imagining what my host family, the school and the city would be like. But when I arrived, that all stopped – everything was perfect.

At school I made a lot of friends and I liked the new type of schooling – it was so different from Brazil. My host family welcomed me really well but then they had to go to another city, so I changed home stay families. My new family was amazing, they became like my family from Brazil!

Wellington City is good, so calm, no violence but nowadays it is very cool as well! The wind is horrible but I love the city and its organisation is amazing.

From the first moment here I realised that the culture was very different from Brazil, the people are more educated and they are very receptive to new cultures.

I had a great six months in my Kiwi home!

Jessica Souza – Aracajou

A Brazilian in New Zealand. On 30 January, 2008, my New Zealand experience began. After almost two days travelling between airports and on planes I arrived in kiwi territory. It was warm and sunny and this made me feel at home even knowing that it was my first day, I can’t forget about those who first really cared about me: Roger and Lin Meecham, my host family. They are responsible for half of my good experience here. It was more than perfect to feel how happy they were to host me and how they would do anything to make me feel at home. When I arrived I was counting the days to when school would start and when it finally started I felt so scared about how different kiwi teenagers are (compared to Brazilian teenagers) and how they dress up and act. I made friends from different parts of the world which is good because I got to know different cultures and different languages without having to go out of New Zealand! That’s why I always say that I met the world at Wellington High! I got to choose good subjects, and I loved the ones I took, especially the ones I’d never tried before like woodwork. As the months passed I got to know the country and it was easier to be part of the culture and I made kiwi friends who I adore and who will be unforgettable, that’s for sure. I travelled around New Zealand, and even though I enjoyed the cities I saw, Wellington is supreme in my heart; the café life, the perfect public libraries (I really will miss these), the harbour, Miramar streets, the seals at red rocks, the city view from Mt Victoria and even the trolley buses (that sometimes made me really angry) will all be missed. Well, again, I have to say those months that I lived in New Zealand will be unforgettable and it’s not just because of what I just wrote, because if I really tried to write about the good times it would take pages and pages. I also have to say heaps of big thank yous to a lot of people at Wellington High School who were always ready to help me with anything. Thank you for every little thing! And thank you to New Zealand for hosting me!

Izabella Silva – Niteroi

It’s just been the greatest experience I’ve ever had in my whole life! My host family is amazing and I have really become attached to them. I have three little lovely host brothers and my host mum is the kindest person I’ve ever met. I appreciate them. Wellington High School is quite different from my school in Brazil. I’m enjoying it a lot here, though. I love the fact that you can choose your subjects and that every class is interesting and dynamic. As well as that there are a lot of amazing professionals, including teachers, cleaners etc…they are all friendly, patient and helpful. (Thank you, guys!) I’m happy to be here and to have met all those nice people. Wellington city was definitely the right choice! It’s a lovely, gorgeous city, easy to get around. You can find many nice places to visit here. My favourite ones are the cafes! I usually go every week, four times at least. I have travelled a bit around New Zealand. I’d like to see more places, thought. I’ve been to Nelson, Blenheim, and Auckland. I just have to say that this country is as beautiful as I thought. It’s full of natural beauty, fresh air, mystical places and more. If you feel like going skiing you can go. If you feel like going to a gorgeous deserted sandy beach, you can go as well! This is awesome! My piece of advice: Don’t forget to bring a camera!!! Well, I’m glad to have chosen New Zealand. I wish I could stay longer. (2008)

Yuri Abe – Sao Paulo

It Changed my Life.

I will miss everything in New Zealand, so much. These six months have changed my life, and to be in a different country has made me think about my country, the problems and the good stuff.

I started to compare all aspects, such as families, schools, environment, tourist, life quality and security. I haven’t been to many places here, just Rotorua, Taupo, Napier, Picton, Kaikoura and Christchurch, but just these cities were enough to see how amazing this country is and how it’s possible to preserve a beautiful environment.

I could meet a lot of people from all over the world, and the helped me in my first days, because they knew how difficult it is for a person to leave his country and family. We are family now and I will keep these people in my heart all of my life.

I’ve just changed my host family, and it’s helped me learn more about New Zealand culture. The first host family I had gave me a lot of autonomy, which I love, and I met extraordinary people who helped me, but it wasn’t so easy learning how to organize my stuff, wash my clothes and help with the cooking. I had to be more responsible. In the new host family, I was in a beautiful house with 5 children, so it was completely different from my other home.

New Zealand was so special for me because I could meet heaps of people from all over the world, I could learn about a culture different from mine and I could enjoy the amazing scenery. I learned an important thing: An exchange is not just for learning English, you become a better person, and you open your mind and you conquer some fears.

Bia Cunha – Sao Paulo

An unforgettable experience…

I have been here for 5 months, living in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. I stay with a host family and I go to Wellington High School. The time have gone really fast, and I still remember all the details of my first day in this magic country. I remember how people were nice to
me and how they welcomed me. I felt so comfortable, like I have known these people for ages…
Before I came, I did not know about here, but I wanted to try a completely, different experience, with a mixture of cultures.
I have learned so many things since I have been here, I have visited wonderful places, I have known different cultures and I have met people from all around the world. I have never imagined that it could happen.
Something that I really admire is the Maori Culture. They are so proud, trying to manifest their knowledge and culture in many ways. I have seen fascinating things about these people.
Also, New Zealand is a very honest country and it is so good to see
people working hard, having a good life being simple and happy.
Wellington High school, is actually, an interesting place to go. They motivate you to do something that expresses yourself, like drama and arts . I think it is good to study in an independent school, that you can say what you think, having your own ideas and not be manipulated by someone else.
Well, what I have to say is that I am having a delightful time and I will never ever forget this.
I would advise that New Zealand is the perfect place to have an exchange programme. The money that you spend is worth it. Thanks everyone!
I am having the best time in my life!

Cheers, Bia Cunha

Now, I am going to translate into Portuguese:

Uma experiencia inesquecivel…
Eu estou na Nova Zelandia ha 5 meses, morando em Wellington,a capital do pais, morando com uma familia hospedeira e frequentando a Wellington High school.
O tempo tem passado muito rapido,mas continuo lembrando todos os detalhes do meu primeiro dia neste pais magico.Me lembro o quao as pessoas foram amigaveis e a maneira pela qual me receberam.Me senti tao confortacel como se conhecesse eles ha anos atras…
Antes de eu vir nao sabia nada a respeito desse pais,queria experimentar algo diferente, uma mixtura de culturas.
Tenho aprendido tantas coisas desde que cheguei aqui, eu tenho visitado lugares maravilhosos, eu tenho conhecido diferentes culturas e pessoas de todos os lugares do mundo e eu nunca imaginei que isso poderia acontecer. Algo que eu admiro muito e a cultura maori, eles tem tanto orgulho, tentando manifestar o seu conhecimento e a sua cultura em diferentes
maneiras. Eu tenho visto coisas fascinantes vindas dessas pessoas. Tambem, a Nova Zelandia e um pais muito honesto, e muito bom ver pessoas trabalhando duro, tendo uma boa vida sendo simples e feliz. Wellington High School, para falar a verdade, e um lugar muito interessante de se
estudar. Eles te incentivam a sua propria expressao, como o drama e as artes. eu acho que e bom estudar numa escola independente que vc pode falar o que vc acha, tendo as suas proprias ideias, nao sendo manipulado por ninguem.
Bom, o que eu tenho que dizer e que eu estou tendo uma epoca encantadora
e eu nunca vou esquecer isso.
Eu diria que a nova Zelandia e um lugar perfeito para fazer programa de
intercambio. o dinheiro que voce gasta vale a pena. Obrigada a todos, e
estou tendo a melhor epoca da minha vida.

Valeu, Bia Cunha

Fernando Santos – Salvador-Bahia

“Estou gostando muito do colégio pois as pessoas são bem simpáticas,e os professores nos auxiliam muito em nossa adaptação. A Wellington High School é uma excelente opção para aqueles que desejam realizar um intercâmbio inesquecível. Uma das coisas que mais gostei foi a liberdade de escolha das matérias,que são bem variadas,como por exemplo turismo,trabalho com madeira,tecnologia de alimentos,etc.. A estrutura do colégio é excelente,as salas são bem equipadas,o pátio é amplo e a biblioteca,além de bons livros,oferece acesso a internet. Certamente essa será uma experiência única! Trabalho com madeira”

Camilla Assad – Presidente Prudente – SP

“A Wellington High School está me proporcionando momentos maravilhosos aqui na Nova Zelândia. Criativa,dinâmica e eficiente são os adjetivos que melhor qualificam a escola. Alunos,professores e funcionários convivem harmonicamente em um ambiente excelente e propício para aqueles que desejam aprender inglês e vivenciar uma experiência inesquecível. Aqui o aprendizado vai além dos livros…compreendemos o quanto o relacionamento com diferentes culturas é benéfico e proveitoso.”