A Day in the Life: Amari

Get a glimpse of life as a Global Citizen Year Fellow, where no two days are ever the same.

Oi, tudo bem? I'm Amari!

After finishing high school, I moved from busy and bustling New York City to a small, rural town in Brasil! Next year I’ll be attending Hamilton College in upstate New York. Come check out a regular day in my life in my new home!

Amari Leigh
9:00am
Amari apprenticeship school brazil

Assistant Teach

I catch a bus to my morning apprenticeships at the school where I assistant teach English, Art, Music, and PE classes! I also help oversee the school garden. I love getting to know the kids in my community. It was extremely difficult to understand them when I first arrived, but I've ended up learning so much from them! Plus, nothing’s made me feel more like a member of the community than walking through my neighborhood and hearing one of my students scream “OI Amari!”

12:00pm
Amara host sister brazil

Lunch

Luckily I live 2 minutes away from the school where I work, so I am able to eat almoço (lunch) at home with my family. In Brazil, lunch is the biggest meal of the day. A typical Brazilian meal consists of arroz (rice), feijão (beans), and some type of meat! After lunch, I usually chill on our hammock with my host siblings or ride bikes with them up and down our street!

1:00pm
Amari brazil agriculture apprenticeship

Work at community garden

It’s time to head to my second apprenticeship working in the community garden! The garden's in a historic community that was founded by fugitive slaves during the colonial period in Brazil. Working in the garden and getting my hands dirty has been a completely new experience for me and one that I surprisingly really love, but it’s the people that have made this experience so special to me!

4:00pm
Amari in brazil

Go for a swim

After working under the hot sun, I love to go with my friends to the local cachoeira (waterfall) or walk to the praia (beach) by my house. Getting to relax while surrounded by nature is something I treasure now and will miss immensely when I go back to the big city!

Free time to explore
Amari capoeira in brazil

7:00pm

Free time is something I rarely had during high school, so when I first arrived to my home stay community, I was uncomfortable with all the unconstructed time I suddenly had. Relaxation is a cultural value Brazilians take very seriously. Most days I will spend these quiet moments at home with my siblings. Other days, I explore meet friends for cultural activities like free Zumba classes on the beach or capoeira in the central plaza.

9:00pm
Amari and host siblings in brazil

Family Time

In the evening I eat dinner and play with my siblings. Here's a pic of the necklaces we made together! My relationship with host family has been one of the most important aspects of my gap year experience and one I will be forever grateful for. This year, I not only got the chance to observe and learn about a new culture and community, but I truly feel like I became an important part of a family!

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