Zoe Ward

Zoe Ward is deeply passionate about travel, adventure, and linguistics. She enjoys rock climbing, yoga, hiking and anything outdoors. She can be found climbing mountains, studying at a coffee shop, or dozing off in a hammock. Zoe loves learning and challenging her perceptions of the world. During her bridge year, she looks forward to engaging fully in a new community, mastering a new language and expanding her cultural horizons by connecting with new people. Her favorite quote is, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”


The Finale

    Narva, Estonia, two years ago.   The adventure that first gifted me with the travel bug. Since then, I have visited two more countries and reached my long term goal of being bilingual. It’s feels as if I have met more incredible and influential people these past two years, than I had the…

08 June, 2018

Meet My Brasilian Family

This is my host family. We live in an adorable little neighborhood in the far south of the island among the hills and by the ocean. Our house is on the top of a hill, with a little waterfall in the backyard and a beautiful view that I often enjoy swinging from our hammock. Armação…

25 March, 2018

Six Months

I have lived in Brasil for 6 months now. The realization that I only have one left, has led me to think a lot about the beginning. The first few months seemed to pass so slow since everyday was a new struggle and mind altering learning experience about the new culture I was living in….

09 March, 2018

The Adventure of the Apprenticeship

  I was quite surprised when I found out my apprenticeship would be at a local daycare or creche. I thought, what I did I know about working with kids, given the little to no experience I had with them. But as I always tend to do here in Brasil, I accepted and embraced the…

05 December, 2017

Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Global Citizen Year focuses a lot on your stretch zone and I think I’ve just found a physical definition for it. Recently in capoeira class, I asked the teacher to show me how to do a one handed cartwheel. Apparently, there are four versions: two on each side with a different hand. My first try…

07 November, 2017

Bem Vindo au Brasil!

Today completes my first month in Brasil. What a journey it has been so far. I met so many incredible people and greatly enjoyed listening to their stories. I feel so fortunate to have landed where I am. This beautiful island is my home for the next six months and I can’t wait to see…

01 October, 2017

Top Ten List

Hello friends, I have no idea how to blog or what my blog will look like, however, I am certain that by the end of my trip it will look much different from now. That being said, I'm looking forward to sharing my adventures in Brazil with you through blogging. As the days grow closer…

15 August, 2017

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