This post is one in a series of stories by Haley Kocher, who served as guest editor of the Growing our Generation e-newsletter, published by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals.
This past spring, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of studying abroad in the country of Brazil for six weeks. I joined 14 fellow classmates and our adviser on this trip. The first three weeks of the trip were spent taking classes at the University of Sao Paulo’s Agricultural Campus. The second half of our trip was spent traveling. We took a five- and 10-day trip touring many different farms, agriculture businesses and tourist locations all around the country of Brazil.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was spending an extended weekend with a host family. My host family welcomed me into their home, took me to some of their favorite places, and taught me many things about the Brazilian culture. In today’s world, many know that the country of Brazil is becoming a major leader in the agricultural industry. We were able to see firsthand the country’s infrastructure problems as well as the potential this country has to grow and expand in this industry. Everywhere we went, many Brazilians were so glad to see a group of young individuals studying in the field of agriculture.
Everyone we met during our trip went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed even though our Portuguese was limited. As a result of this trip, I have a new appreciation about being raised on a farm, my schooling, and studying in an industry where there are so many great opportunities.
Young or old, if you ever have the chance to travel and visit another country, I recommend going.
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