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Well, here I am. My last day of volunteering and let me start by saying, it couldn't have come soon enough. These past 81 days have felt like I have been living in a time loop, stuck on the same wooden roller coaster over and over and over. Getting jerked... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
So I had my first experience at a European chiropractor yesterday. That was... different. For over two weeks now I've been having issues with my right knee and my left hip. For as long as I can remember I've had similar issues, which is why I started frequenting the chiropractor... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
The Portuguese are said to be quite a superstitious folk, but in my time here, I hadn't found myself in a situation in which I had to perform a particular act regarding any supernatural influences until recently. The other night I went out with my family to celebrate the birthday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
So the other night I was out with my host family and my host mom's brother. Since we were late to the dinner, he went ahead and ordered our dishes. (It's very typical here to only order two or three things from the menu when you have a table of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
While many people in America are gathering today with their families, feasting on too much food, and sharing what they're grateful for, the last Thursday of November in Portugal is just another day. Kids are still in required to attend school, adults are still showing up for work, and there... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
After a long period of sunshine and warm weather, it's finally starting to feel like winter here in Samora Correia. Of a morning, a thin layer of frost covers the cars parked alongside the streets. People walk about bundled up in their winter coats and toboggans. Some have even began... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
Well here I am, in week 5/9 of my time here in Portugal. Now, with 5 weeks already behind me, I feel like enough time has passed that I can finally comment on my experience "volunteering" to teach in the schools. So without using any words to describe how I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
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Here in Portugal the 11th of November is recognized for a certain special holiday: St. Martin's Day. Martin (or Saint Martin of Tours, as they called him) was a Roman soldier who was stationed in France during the year of 397. According to local legend, as he was wandering the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
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After discovering that Escudeiros was closed due to the strike, I decided to take my newfound freedom and wander around this part of Samora Correia that I hadn't fully explored yet. That's when I discovered something beautiful. Not far behind the school, at the very end of a cobblestone walkway,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
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Today many schools, hospitals, and other various entities of the public sector were shut down do to a country-wide 'greve' (strike). While little details about the strike were actually mentioned to me, I do know one thing: the workers were demanding more money due to a recent loss in pay... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
via GIPHY b We were warned about the smoking culture in Portugal prior to our arrival, but even then, I had no idea it would be so prevalent. Literally, everywhere you go, someone is smoking. Cigarette butts flood the sidewalks, the train tracks, the bars. And the smoke, the smoke... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
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While I received my school placement before arriving to Lisbon for orientation, I wasn't too familiar with the vila I was going to be staying in. So of course, like anyone with modern technology these days, I Google'd it. And this is what I found: Yup, that's it. The same... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
I started preparing for this program in Sept. 2016, before it even became visible on the CIEE website. Dec. 5th I started my application. Jan. 11th it was submitted. Jan. 18th it was declined due to full capacity. The program filled up before my professor turned in my letter of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
Many people are unfamiliar with French Lick, Indiana and who can blame them? I grew up in a town of 8000 people. Heck, we had to combine students from two adjacent towns into one because the classes were too small. To give you an idea, I graduated with 74 people... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Teach Abroad in Portugal | CIEE
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