No trip to Brazil is complete without a visit to one of the world famous Brazilian beaches. Today, we took a break from our educational program to embark on a trip to a beautiful beach in Bertioga. Even though it was a beach day doesn’t mean the learning stopped. Today I learned that paradise …

We traveled by bus through the winding roads in the mountains to arrive at the beach. My day was spent soaking in the sun and the beauty of the beach. I began my day reclining on a towel, basking in the warmth of the sun. The water stretched as far as the eye could see, and the beach was filled with many different activities. I cooled down in the ocean with friends and played futebol and volleyball with my classmates. I’ve never played futebol before so it was a learning experience for me. Brazil was the perfect place to learn as futebol is an integral part of Brazil’s culture. Some of us even played futebol and volleyball with local Brazilians. It was cool to see how sports became a universal language and a way to combine different communities. After playing in the sun for a few hours I appreciate and understand Brazilians’ great love and respect for the game of futebol and how it brings all walks of life together. 

I couldn’t resist purchasing a coconut on the beach from one of the vendors. The vendor cut the coconut open which was filled with delicious coconut water right in front of me. I drank the water while enjoying my peers and the paradise surrounding me. Observing the joyous atmosphere around me, I appreciated how everyone was enjoying each other’s company. Whether that entailed swimming in the ocean, playing sports, or laying out in the sun together, there was a smile across everyone’s face. In the end I learned that the combination of beautiful weather, breathtaking scenery, and wonderful company creates a positive and joyous atmosphere. The beach created an atmosphere of paradise allowing each individual to join together as one community learning from each other. 


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