10 anos atras… em Cuiaba, MT

Times Square, NYC
Times Square, NYC

Fazer intercâmbio é bem mais do que o nome diz, muito mais do que só viajar. Eu fui para um programa de trabalho em Lake Placid, no Estado de Nova York – e lá passei alguns dos dias mais fantásticos da minha vida.

Claro que saindo de uma cidade interiorana como Cuiabá, queria conhecer uma metrópole grande, cheia de vida, coisa que Lake não é. Mas de cara já senti no ar aquela coisa do “intercâmbio”: dominar melhor a língua, viver numa cultura nova, fazer muitas amizades. E tudo com aquele friozinho na barriga de não saber se ia ficar, sem saber o que aconteceria na hora do breakfast do dia seguinte.

As amizades são o que de melhor se pode levar de um país diferente, além de dólar… Papo vai papo vem com amigos, acabei passando uma semana de sonhos em Nova York City. A Broadway deslumbra. Até elegi Times Square como meu pedacinho de chão nos EUA – claro, meu e de toda a torcida dos Yankees, do Flamengo, do Barcelona…

Gente, lá eu fiz de tudo. Fui faxineira, garçonete e caixa. Nada a ver com o desrespeito que estas profissões têm no Brasil. Tudo de bom. Aquela coisa de trabalhar em time, uns ajudando os outros. O horário de trabalho light, tempo para um segundo emprego. Os meus dias de Lake Placid, não tiveram nada de plácido pra mim. Foi só batente, mas bem pago e alto astral.

Se tem alguma coisa que a gente aprende e que ajuda no exterior é ter uma atitude pra cima. Pra todos aqueles que sonham com intercâmbio, meu único conselho: um sorriso e cabeça aberta. E lembre-se: vai ajudar na hora de pular de um emprego pra outro, porque você vai precisar de uma letter of recommendation…

Reencontro em Manhattan,  NY
Reencontro em Manhattan, NY

Coisas boas ? Zillions! Ser brasileiro fora é ser sempre bem tratado, bem recebido, porque todos sabem que estamos vindo de um país amigo, que adora a cultura americana, sem ignorar nossas raízes.

Trabalhar e viajar são tudo de bom. Conheci também o interiorzão do estado de Nova York, toda Florida, as praias de Miami Beach – só maravilhas.

Paixão ? Sem ela a gente nunca sairia da cama de manhã! Gostei tanto dos cinco meses que passei rolando pelos EUA que voltei. Fiz um segundo período de work and travel, desta vez no bucólico estado de Vermont – nossa, parece que lá tem mais neve do que água no Pantanal!

Para viagens assim, quem pode te dar dicas práticas de como fazer pra chegar lá e’ o Ricardo Oliveira – contate:

Rua Mal Floriano Peixoto 466 sala 08 Cuiaba, MT- Brasilimage001

F: 65 3624 7290 / 9609 0009

poolcba@terra.com.br

Eu só posso dizer que a jornada sempre vale a pena.

Sou Wilka Nascimento e muito obrigada por ler o Blog.

Little Italy, NY
Little Italy, NY

10 Days Very Best of Kenya Safari and Cultural get away

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On this magnificent vacation to Kenya, visit the best and remarkable game reserves to see giraffe, Zebra, leopard, Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Gazelle, Hyena and much more. All in their natural environment, the thrill of seeing these animals as they sunbathe in the wild and roam across the vast savannah grassland is unbelievable. Here we give you the chance to see it all up close. This package gives you a special access to the must-see sights of a guided Safari in Kenya. The package would guarantee a great experience leaving you asking for more, with visits to Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli National park with a chance to experience culture at a Maasai Village and many more. Once the Safari part if over, one has a chance to add a few days to enjoy a few nights in Mombasa on the east African coast at one of the best resorts that the island has to offer.

Safari Highlights:

  • Two night’s accommodation in Nairobi on bed and breakfast basis.
  • Two night’s Serena Mountain Lodge on full board basis.
  • Two night’s accommodation at Lake Nakuru national park with visits to Lake Naivasha.
  • Two night’s Full board accommodation at Mara Sarova Camp or Equivalent.
  • Two night’s Full board accommodation at Simba Camp in Amboseli.
  • Daily Government park entrance fees while on Safari.
  • Daily Drivers/Tour Guide allowance.
  • Daily vehicle fuel charges and vehicle park entrance fees.
  • Daily game drives while on Safari and more room for flexibility during your stay.
  • All airport transfers.

Not Included:

  • All extras and items of personal nature.

This Itinerary allows you more flexibility and time to enjoy an exclusive guided Safari Experience in some of the best National parks the Country has to offer.

Consult Wilka@justhomestay.com for pricing!

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Worldwide Students in New York City!

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New York is most certainly a unique city that attracts people from many different cultures and languages. Today I will share with you some of #JustHomestay students background.

First and foremost We appreciate ALL of you that have used our services and/or will trust #JustHomestay during your visit to the Big Apple.

South American students – they are the ones looking for shopping, party “every weekend”, sightseeing as much as they can and learn English if there’s no other way 🙂 We have hosted probably around 30 Brazilian students and they do go back to Brazil and become very successful… which it does make me feel great because I did help them to get better on their English abilities and to navigate in a big city like NY.

Middle Eastern students – very focused on learning but also exploring a different culture which most cases, they love the Freedom that the US offers. For instance, We have had students that were We were able to maintain our long lost friendship even when they are back in Saudi Arabia. #JustHomestay have hosted about 10 Saudi students. We are proud to mention that one of our Saudi students was recently accepted to a Master at Georgetown University in DC (Congrats!).

Asian students – the most dedicated student to learn English ever! Their routine is school-home-school at all times! Very dedicated and focused like no other.They are very respectful and quiet. Love to cook their own food and study English is really their focus. #JustHomestay is proud to have assisted a Korean student that is currently a Permanent Resident in Canada!

European students – like to explore the city on their own, usually enjoy interacting with different students. They come to NY quite often and they have a game plan in mind – either for an Internship and/or to College studies.

As a Host Family Director I have been exposed to quiet a few cultures which it can help to understand the expectations and make sure Just Homestay provides a quality service and assistance in many youngster’s life.

What will your history be? Join us!

I’m Wilka Jones (wilka@justhomestay.com) and thanks for reading!

African Medical Safaris & Internships in Kenya!

Internship for credit program gaining practical experience in Kenya

Would you like to meet and interact with villagers in Africa? Are you interested in sharing your medical skills while helping people in need? Are you interested in a unique cultural experience? If you answered “Yes!” to these questions, please email us today. The student doctors are needed to help in various ways at our Health Center in rural Kenya.

Gain practical, hands-on experience in the beautiful outdoors of Africa, what could be better. Come and join us in Kenya and help make a difference.

Mission
The mission is to provide students the opportunity to put their skills to use giving healthcare to local residents. Students working together as a medical team helping place emphasis on health education, prevention, treatment, vaccinations and nutritional education for mothers and their children.

We provide about 5000 residents healthcare services.

The Clinic facilities: Administration room, 2 exam room’s, dispensing pharmacy, laboratory facilities, in patient unit for seriously ill patients, staff housing, voluntary counseling and testing center for HIV/ Aids.

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Programs
Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center (VCT)
The clinic has a Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center program aimed at encouraging local people to come forward for HIV/Aids testing and counseling. This program is helping villagers to learn about their HIV/Aids status. The program is also preparing local people with information and support needed to change risky behaviors that could lead to HIV/Aids. Also this program has been implemented in Maasai Association’s schools.

Maternity
The maternity clinic is a family oriented unit developed to provide excellent medical services and care to mothers and their newborns. The maternity clinic have a fully integrated approach program where trained nurses work side-by-side with traditional birth attendants (TBAs) to provide medical and family care services to our patients. This facility, without a doubt, will help us avert infant and mother mortality problem in the area.
All the services for mothers and their newborns are provided free of charge.

Mobile Clinic
The emergency vehicle allows the medical team to reach villages in the outlying areas and bring vital medical services to patients in need of urgent medical attention. Emergency vehicle is a significant complement towards our goal to avert mother and infant mortality in the region. It is our hope to extend this program to more villages in the future.

For further information please contact: wilka@justhomestay.com

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From Sao Paulo to Brooklyn, NY

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Stay one month with an American Family was the best deal I did. Even more that my Hostfamily was wonderful with me. They were considerate, friendly and concerned. I can say that my English improved a lot because they helped me and I talked a lot with the family. The house is beautiful, comfortable and clean. I had an enjoyable time with them.

Thanks Just Homestay for everything you guys did for me. I hope to come back soon!

“EXPERIENCE NEW YORK AS A HOME AWAY FROM HOME”

Hello everyone!

My name is Seemant. I travelled 8,000 miles, all the way from India, to fulfill my dreams for the experience NYC has to offer.

If life is all about experiencing things, then what place could be better than New York City – the city fueling dreams, passion, hopes, and opportunities. I was fortunate enough to get into school in Seattle, WA and then moved to NYC for future endeavors and, of course, a competitive career in fashion. When I got my ticket for NYC, I was excited, thrilled, and my expectations were at their peak. I didn’t know what I was going to do or where I was going to live, but I knew NYC had a lot to offer, so I checked lot of places online to make it home.
While surfing, I found the website Just Homestay.com (http://www.justhomestay.com). I also checked them out on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/JustHomestay). After checking out all those fun pictures and services they offer, I was certain in my decision, and sent them an email (info@justhomestay.com).

Finally, I was in NYC and in my new hostfamily that “Just Homestay” provided. The place seemed very homely and I got to meet people from different backgrounds, from different parts of the world who were already living there. My Hostfamily provided me the paper consisting of rules and regulations. I must tell you, it was a decent deal and I had no problem abiding to them. Justice is very understanding and always down to help and fulfill our needs. I had my own room with all basic amenities. I also had an opportunity to share the roof with some fabulous people and amazing souls. Very soon, we all become good friends and had amazing experience exploring the city together. This city is huge and you might feel lonely in this crowded city, but I was fortunately, living in such a place where I always had someone to talk to, share things with, and play video games with. We cooked together, ate together, celebrated occasions together, and shared our cultures with each other. I got to learn a lot about different cultured people from different parts of world such as Brazil, Germany, South America, Italy, Ireland, Japan, China and Vietnam.

Very soon, I got internships in Times Square, the most happening place in NYC. I was happy that I didn’t have to commute for long hours because there are subways and a Metro North train service within a walking distance of the Just Homestay house. It took me less than 30 minutes to get to my work. I was lucky enough that my Hostfamily would take me out to explore the city and help you in every possible way. I must tell you that the service I have been offered from Just Homestay has been amazing and I couldn’t imagine living in a better place. There are shopping centers, super markets, and groceries stores all within walking distance. Moreover, there is a gym nearby and a beautiful park for a morning walk or a quick jog. I had the time of my life there and I got to make some great friends and very soon the place become my home away from home.

Apartment hunting can be very tedious and tiring in this big, expensive city and requires lot of never-ending paper work. Just Homestay requires very little paperwork, except for a basic ID check, as they understand the situations of international people who have recently migrated, and are willing to help everyone out there. I would say if you are looking for affordable, clean, easy to commute and fun place to stay in New York City, then Just Homestay is your destiny. If you are curious and planning to visit New York City then I would highly recommend you to contact them. Book your room today and end your endless search!

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Missouri is in the house.

Hello!
My name is Tyler Frahm, and I’m a recent graduate from the University of Missouri with a degree focusing in Communications. I found Just Homestay as I was looking for jobs in my field in an area where I knew there would be a lot of opportunities, not to mention living somewhere affordable. And Just Homestay is exactly that: an affordable, amazing place to stay while you work or study in New York.

There’s almost always somebody else in the house, so you’ll always have someone to talk to or do things with. And there are people from all over the world, so you’ll always have an opportunity to learn about another person and get some insight into their culture. The host family is great, and offer advice from years of experience living in New York. Even people who have moved out of the house come back to visit for holidays, so you’re sure to make life-long friends when you stay here.

In my time here (about 3 weeks), I’ve lived with people from Italy, Brazil, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and even from the United States – I’m honored to say they all feel like family to me already.

Cheers! See you soon.

Thank you for reading.

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