Visit by the Youth Exchange Group from Brazil
St Peter’s School was delighted to have a Youth Exchange Group from Brazil visit us on the 5th of January. The students of grades 7 and 8 along with their teachers attended the brief exchange. Four representatives from Brazil, of various vocations, attended the meeting. After a brief introduction from both sides, the meeting proceeded with an interactive session between the students and the visitors.
Following is a few of the questions put forward by our curious students, and the replies of our visitors:
- What important festival is celebrated in a grand manner in your country?
The Carnival which is held annually in Rio de Janeiro is celebrated quite grandly in Brazil.
- What is the educational system like in Brazil?
The educational system comprises of children between 3 to 17 years old.
- What is your opinion of India?
My dream was to visit India some day. Now, thanks to this opportunity, my dream has come true! It’s a beautiful country and I am happy to be here.
- Which Indian foods appealed to your taste?
We like all the foods found here in India, but most of them are a bit too spicy for our taste! We especially like dosa and coconut. The wide variety of sweets and fruits are also quite mouth watering.
Are there many Indians in Brazil?
There are not many Indians in Brazil. But the few who are there mostly live in San Paulo.
- Which city are you from and what is special about it?
- Canela is a resort town in the mountain range of Brazil’s southernmost state and is also called the “Princess of the Hills”. It is 900 m from sea level and is known for its hydrangea blooms in spring. Canela is very similar to Kodai in its natural beauty, good weather and as a tourist destination.
- Gramado is also a tourist destination situated 8 km from Canela. It is known for its infamous Christmas lights display where Christmas celebrations begin from October and ends in January. The most beautiful Christmas in Brazil is usually displayed and celebrated in Gramado.
- Canores is part of the metropolitan of Rio de Janeiro with a population of 400,000. It has a diversified economy but has no agriculture!
- Nova Iguacu is known as the “Shoe makers City” and is about 20 km from Canores.
- What is the significance behind the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro?
The statue was donated by France since 89% of the population of Brazil is Catholic. It is 38 m tall and its arms stretch 28 m wide. It is a symbol of Christianity across the world and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
- What is the official language of Brazil? And what language is taught in schools?
The official language of Brazil is Portugese as it was colonized by the Portugese. In schools, the second language is either English, Spanish, French or German. Brazil is the ONLY country in South America that speaks Portugese, whereas the rest of the country speaks in Spanish.
- In India, students who passed their 12th grade prefer to pursue their ambition in the engineering field. How is it in Brazil?
In Brazil, carriers in medicine and engineering are quite popular. But in the past few years, new opportunities have risen in the field of IT, biotechnology and other latest carriers.
10. Who is your favourite football player?
These days, the people’s favourite is Nemar, who plays for the team from Paris.
- Why is football very popular in Brazil? What other games do you play?
The football is the very first toy any child in Brazil plays with! So it automatically creates an interest and a passion for the sport. Volleyball is also a favourite and we have become world champions many times over. Other games we play in Brazil include swimming, tennis and basketball.
- Can you tell us a few things about the Amazon?
It is the largest river in the world, located North of Brazil, in the middle of the biggest rainforest in the world. Some parts of the year when it rains heavily, the river overflows its banks. Its quite difficult to spot animals in the Amazon as they have many places to hide. You can easily spot wild animals in another rainforest called Pantanal.
- The Olympic Games was held in Brazil. What was the experience like?
It was an exciting and unforgettable experience! Most of the Olympic sports centres were located in Rio de Janeiro. And we were able to spot a few famous sports personalities as well.
- What kind of food is Brazil famous for?
Brazil is a large country. And each region has its own specialty. In Rio de Janeiro there are large areas for cattle grazing. Hence beef is eaten quite a lot there. Other than that black beans, potato and all kinds of Italian foods and Pastas are eaten by Brazilian people.
The meeting was concluded by a short acknowledgement from one of the members of the group.
“We are impressed by the educational level in India. Education is the basis of how all students rise up in future. We wish you all the best and thank you for a lovely experience in your school.”
he Brazilian group along with the students walked to the School’s Children’s park where they planted two trees to commemorate their visit to St. Peter’s.
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