I have enjoyed the experience of living in a different country in the past, as well as learning a different language so much so that during the spring semester of 2012 I was a student at the Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III, France. The language and culture program in Bordeaux offered me an intensive French language study that helped improve my oral and written language skills while providing me a foundation in French culture and society. The city of Bordeaux is alive with cultural opportunities and through the Département d’Etudes de Français Langue Etrangère (DEFLE) I was able to integrate more fully into the community. While taking classes such as: Dicrimination phonétique, Interaction orale, Compréhension écrite, Production écrite, Production monologue, Comprehension dialoguée monologue, with three fantastic French teachers. Thanks to them I left France with a much better grasp of the French language, a superior understanding of the culture, and a 17.563/20 final grade average.
When I first arrived in the United States, in 2009, I already knew enough English to get around; I could communicate with others and express myself however I wanted to. However, in Bordeaux, I could barely introduce myself in french and carrying a conversation was out of the question. The fact that I had not learned a language since Middle School did not help either, I learned English and Spanish as I was growing up, and later it was just a matter of improving those skills.
I have been a part of Rotex not only in the United States, but also in Brazil, and in Bordeaux, France. During my study abroad I had the opportunity to volunteer with Rotary International in France. Alongside a team of international volunteers I coordinated and planned the First Rotex International Convention, which was held in Bordeaux, France, between July 6 and 8, 2013. Rotex is an international organization open to former Rotary International Youth Exchange students, and through this convention we hosted over 150 students from North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Europe.