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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.