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Brazilian Connection

By Tom Noreen

Tom Noreen (Youth Exchange Councilor), Aaron Gauger (president), Gi, and Gabrielle Warner (Youth Exchange Officer).

Tom Noreen (Youth Exchange Councilor), Aaron Gauger (president), Gi, and Gabrielle Warner (Youth Exchange Officer).

Cedar Springs High School exchange student Giovana “Gi” Paim recently updated the Cedar Springs Rotary Club on her activities since arriving from Brazil in late August and told the club about her family and Brazil.

Exchange student Giovana “Gi” Paim and host mother, Cherryl Rosenberger

Exchange student Giovana “Gi” Paim and host mother, Cherryl Rosenberger

Gi’s home is in Presidente Prudente, which is located in the State of São Paulo over 200 miles to the west of the City of São Paulo. Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world covering over half of South America. The average temperature is 68 degrees F. Gi has never seen snow, even in the mountains to the east, which lie between her city and the coastal region. Because Brazil is so large, there are many parts of the country she has not seen.

Her father, Geraldo, is a businessman and her mother, Eliane, is a teacher. She has a younger sister Mariana. She attends a private school and plans to become a physician. Gi said that that the public schools were not very good but the public colleges were far better than private.

Since she has been here, Gi has attended two conferences Rotary Exchange Conferences. There she has had a chance to meet with other exchange students and with US students who plan to go abroad next year.

The Cherryl and Brian Rosenberger family are currently hosting Gi. Around Christmas she will move to her second host family, Dan and Anna Bekins. The Rotary Club is still looking for a third host family for the spring. If you are interested call either Gabrielle Warner at 616.732.9000 or me at 616.696.5186.

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