Thanks Go Brazil for that amazing opportunity you’ve given me. It was a pleasure being a part of Garça Torta with their amazing people, wonderful sea and delicious fruits I had a great time, met amazing people and just enjoyed my time there. A big hug to Sveta who always worried about us and thanks to all the portuguese teacher who gave their best teaching portuguese.
Saudade da Garça Torta, Beijinhos!!
I really learned a lot in my time in Brazil, made amazing friends with which I shared a lot of unforgettable moments, had some bad days but definitely more of the good ones and in the end I think I can really say that I found a place where I feel at home and which I will always love to come back!
Um abraço forte pra todos vocês e coragem pra as próximos voluntários!
A vida e de boa na Alagoa, não se esqueçam disso,haha!:)
Clara, Germany (The best volunteer of the year 2014)
Thank you GoBrazil for the greatest opportunity of my life!
“Today is my last day in Brazil and I am about to return to Germany where I am an intern in a small town called Herrnhut. I have been a Marketing Intern at gobrazil for the last 7 weeks and it has been a most fulfilling time for me. I re-discovered my enjoyment of marketing (which I haven’t done for many years) and oftentimes worked overtime because I was having such a good time, and also re-kindled my love for football, for music, for the sea and for travelling as I love to study cultures.
Malu’s house has been an oasis for me. It’s truly a house of peace and the people I have met in this house have been such a blessing to my life.
In my many travels around the world I have found the Brazilian people to be so helpful and hospitable even though the majority do not speak English.
I have felt at home in Brazil, especially in Garca Torta and in the company of all the friends I made through gobrazil.
Whether you come to learn the language, experience the culture or fulfill your dream to be in Rio, I recommend a visit to the Alagoas region of Brazil. You may re-discover life here!”
“I did a Marketing internship at goBrazil for three month and it was a great experience! I could not only gain practical experience in the field of online marketing, but also bring in my own ideas and concepts. I totally fell in love with Graca Torta and the northeast, an awesome place to experience Brazilian culture, learn Portuguese, meet interesting people, make new friends and enjoy Brazil´s beautiful landscape. Living in Malú´s Beach Lodge felt like living in paradise, I hope I have the chance to come back some day!”
“Do you want to discover the spirit of Brazil? Go for GoBrazil! GoBrazil is a great language school and possibility to get to know Brazil and its North East. My internship at GoBrazil was a fantastic experience and I made many new friends. Brazil and especially the people in the North East have grown dear to my heart during my time there. The always friendly atmosphere adds to a unique working climate. Various possibilities to intern and free time activities make the program of GoBrazil unmatched and recommendable. It is not only the language classes with its personal support and training that makes the offered program so unique but also the family environment of the school. Personally I would like to recommend asking Alexandre (teacher at the school) if there is a possibility to accompany him to his work at the school in the Interior for one day. It is an amazing opportunity to improve your Portuguese and get to know the culture by interacting with the children there. Apart from learning and studying, Brazil and its North East offer countless possibilities to discover new and interesting things. Thus, trips to the environs or other parts of the country are highly recommended. I enjoyed my time at GoBrazil very much and am Malú and her team very grateful for letting me get to know Brazil and its wonderful people this way. I advise everyone who is interested in this unique country and its culture to try a stay at GoBrazil – you will not want to leave… Beijos e Abraços
“I stayed two month at Malú´s home and all the time I felt welcome. She is so open minded, friendly, helpful and she took me to so many places, parties and let me be a part of her life for the time. All the time she asked me to join her, when …she´s going out to a concert or her friends and if you have a problem or you need something, she will take care. And she is a very good Portuguese teacher! You can´t find another person you will feel as comfortable as at Malú´s lodge.”
“I had a great time in Maceió. Stayed about 4 months with Malú, who was the perfect host and cook (her lasagne is just delicious!!). She knows how to teach Portuguese and is always there for her students and guests. Actually, you don´t feel like a guest – it feels much more like home!”
“I was having a problem to find anything in Maceió that was not very expensive so when I saw this on Malú’s house here decided to give it a try. Location is in Garca Torta about 20 mins from Maceió. There are buses if you do not have a car and I was able to use them without problem. Better for me after renting a car. Malú was very helpful as were the people working here as well. There are beaches nearby that you can walk to. There is a private social club you can use with a big pool nearby for 10 dollars a day. The grounds here are well kept and lovely and the rooms are clean as well. No A/C but didn’t miss it. No tv in the rooms but in a common area there is a great large screen tv with dvd and a collection of movies to watch. The two dogs are great as well/ A very pleasant surprise for me and I was very lucky to find this peaceful oasis near bustling Maceio.”
“Community Participatory Workshop in Lagoa Azeda/Alagoinha – I was working for about 5 month (2010) as an intern with the NGO Instituto Naturagro (Maceió) in a project called” RESEX” (Reserva Extrativista) da Jequiá da Praia. I would describe this as an integrated environmental protection as well as socioeconomic development project around a lake/river/sea area including 17 smaller villages and when implemented helping around 3000 people (through micro-credits, creation of cooperatives, however also resettlement to avoid destruction from flooding, erosion etc). We worked together with the INCRA (Ministry of Agricultural Reform) as well as ICMbio (Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade) which is part of the Brazilian Environmental Ministry (IBAMA). If you are interested to know more, please do not hesitate to contact me.”
“Eu gostei demais do meu tempo na casa de Malu!!! Um dia vou voltar com certeza!! Es war wundervoll bei Malu, die Zeit ist viel zu schnell verflogen. Und ich freue mich schon aufs Wiedersehen!! Die Unterkunft ist genau richtig fuer wenige Menschen, alles ist unglaublich familiaer und ich habe mich von der ersten Sekunde an einfach nur pudelwohl gefuehlt. Muito muito muito obrigada por tudo!!! Já fico com muita saudade!!”
“Malú knows how to make a guest feel at home at the student lodge in Garca Torta. She is so open-minded and loves to get to know you. My “Brazil Experience” in 2007 changed myself completely. I lost my heart in Brazil and hope I will be back soon, maybe even for longer!”
“I stayed about 6 months at the beautiful place of Garça Torta at Malú´s lodge. I had no idea, what would expect me there and what I found, was what I thought, that I would leave behind…a place, that felt like home, friends and somehow a piece of family. Malú did not only give me a place to sleep, but also made me part of her world. And she will always stay one of mine!”
“Malú was a great host and I really enjoyed my stay in Garca Torta! She even prepared vegetarian food for me!! The beach is super close and you find everything you need (bars, restaurants, shopping, etc.) in Maceió. I will definitely come back!!”
“Die 3 Monate in Maceió waren eine tolle Erfahrung! Der Unterricht bei Malú war sehr lebendig und lehrreich und ich habe viel über die brasilianische Kultur erfahren und tolle Leute kennengelernt! Ich werde wiederkommen!”
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