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
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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!

5 Tips to make your stay with a “Just Homestay” Hostfamily a successful experience!

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 5 Tips to make your stay with a “Just Homestay” Hostfamily a successful experience!

  1. Be willing to respect your new environment, be open to learn about your host lifestyle (ask them to participate in their hobbies (maybe you also like to go for a walk in the Central Park, go to the movies (excellent to practice your listening abilities), or just to cook a meal from your country to share your culture with the Host.
  2. Be understanding that NYC is a huge city with an enormous diversity and for instance is important to mention that your Hostfamily is flexible enough to receive you in their home.
  3. Always be “positive” everything comes from your point of view but remember that always has the other side of the road. Living in a new country can be exciting and challenging, trust your hostfamily’s advices about the community that you will be sharing your wonderful presence.
  4. Remember that staying with a hostfamily is about the one to one experience, plant a seed of positive experiences, show your Host your appreciation to their family and be the Ambassador of your country in the USA and at Just Homestay host.
  5. Smile and post your pictures of your great times with your Hostfamily (BBQ parties; Broadway shows, or even having a nice Breakfast with your Host) share in our pagewww.facebook.com/justhomestay

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Dare to try the unknown… NYC is ready for you!

This weekend was fantastic and full of great surprises!

 On Saturday morning we went to get groceries to cook lunch… since I saw Seemant and Amir talking in the living room I asked if we could cook Indian food (since Seemant is from India) and I love food, why not have a homemade Indian dish? Right on!
Our family loves Lamb, (and that was on sale too…even better!)  and of course Seemant picked the spices that I never heard of, I also wanted Saag paneer which we are obsessed about. Amir (from Italy joined us) I suggested to him to get some stuff for bruschetta as an appetizer) .

We came home, and the bonanza started… Seemant was the super chef of the day and showed us how he prepares the lamb and Saag paneer….I wouldn’t have thought to cook the way he was directing me to, (super secret, can’t tell). In the meantime Amir was preparing the bruschetta (which I learned how to pronounce in Italian!)  and even grandma was chopping the onions to  help the feast.  I cooked the rice “Brazilian style” (which is not done by the rice cooker); Vu( from Vietnam) prepared a delicous dessert made of beans and coconut cream.  A few hours later we all sat around the table and made sure Mr. Jones (was happy eating a homemade Indian dish).  

This was a great way of getting everybody together and enjoying a simple pleasure.  We shared a meal, a family lunch, and taught each other new recipes. This is Justhomestay experience! Can’t wait to do it again!!!

Ps: the best part is to have the left overs for the next day lol. I’m Wilka Jones, thanks for supporting Just Homestay!

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A few spots to check it out in NYC…


NYC “the city that never sleeps” is open to have one more visitor regardless of your length of stay (minimum 2 weeks for JustHomestay students). If your goal is to come to NY to learn English this is a very rewarding and friendly city.  You can make friends very easily and find lots of interesting things to do and learn.

One of my favorite things to do is to walk in Central Park.  I try to do this as much as I can. The last time I went to Central park I remember sipping coffee and seeing people walking their dogs, running, biking, taking pictures, playing on the lawn, and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.   I highly recommend visiting one of NYCs’ many parks and and famous sites.    It can be great learning experience and exercise (if you like to walk like me). Besides the great ambiance of Central  park, you have a zoo, rose  garden, a few lakes  and museums. – I went to the zoo last year with my darling friend visiting from Maryland (Laura) and was so excited to see the Polar bears!!!  Visiting Central Park and other parks in NYC can be a full day activity and great exercise.

Another great spot is Chelsea; there are great restaurants, coffee shops and an exciting nightlife. The last time I went to Chelsea, I took two ladies (Juliana and Daniela) from Brazil and we had a lovely dinner in a Thai restaurant, got flowers to bring back home, and Wine for Juliana’s dad in Brazil as a souvenir. It was fun!

Of course that along with a long walk along Fifth Ave and Times Square the days can be long…but excitement and energy you must keep it up at all times.

I’m Wilka Jones, and welcome to Just Homestay blog.

Wilka Jones
Wilka Jones