By Chandler Baker, staff writer
Eris Hollingshead, a sophomore, is preparing to spend her junior year in Abaete, Minas Gerais, in Brazi, and the upcoming experience has her nerves racing.
“I am most nervous because I don’t know how to speak Portuguese at all,” Hollingshead said.
Hollingshead is going through the program Rotary International, whose main objective is service: in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe.
“I want to feel like I am making a difference when I go there. I am doing this for the cultural experience, not just to get away from my parents,” Hollingshead explained.
The 1.2 million people who do service for Rotary make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world and share a dedication to service above self.
Hollingshead is leaving for 10 months, and she plans on living out her year and enjoying Brazil more than she enjoys attending Boulder High.
“I love Boulder High, but I am ready to experience something new. I want to know the language, and I want to embrace the culture,” Hollingshead said.
For any teenager, however, who is embracing a new environment, it would be natural for Hollingshead to have a few worries. It can’t be easy to go to a whole new place, make new friends, adapt to a different society and have language as a barrier.
“I am scared that when I get there I am not going to have any friends. I am a pretty social person, but I am not going to know anyone. I want to be myself, but in a foreign place, it’s going to be hard,” Hollingshead said.