Easter visits

One of the pleasant duties of a teacher at the Agricultural College is to visit families of our students. As the College is administered by the association of parents and friends of the school, it is very important to get to know them, to build a relationship and connection between students, families, teachers and the College.  So we decided to visit few families during our Easter holidays.

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It is rainy season now, so driving to the interior might be a bit of adventure and indeed, our plans were slightly changed because of the flooded roads. But finally we safely reached one of the villages.

I find it really interesting to see how my students and their families live. I think the best way how to experience the reality of their everyday life is to not to let them know in advance that you are planning to come so they are not worried what to prepare. Families often live in modest conditions, but the hospitality is admirable.

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One of the important gestures of Brazilian hospitality is to offer cafezinho to visitors and guests at home. Cafezinho is a strong black coffee served in a small glass and enjoyed with LOTS of sugar. I really like to have one in the morning and maybe one more after lunch. So I definitely broke my personal record when in order to be polite and not to refuse any of them I managed to drink six cafezinhos (it took a while to fell asleep that night!).

I am looking forward another interesting trips and visits, but I really have to think about polite and believable excuse how to avoid caffeine overdose!

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4 thoughts on “Easter visits

  1. Great to see it is going well Martina and that you can enjoy a bit of free time from your duties.
    Sure you will go on to many interesting visits and avoid caffeine overdose.
    Enjoy the cafezinhos in moderation and continue to enjoy your stay.

  2. Hi Martina,

    I remember the cafezinhos very well – I became very fond of them. I am very interested to know how many young people from the rural communities intend staying on the land and how many see their future in Cristino or in the big cities of Brazil. As you know much of what VinB does is to help people to stay on the land – I wonder how many young people have this desire?

    • Hi Joe. Yes, that’s an interesting question. I think it’s hard to say in general. I mostly interact with young people who study at the Agricultural College and I can say I know some students who want to stay in their rural communities, as well as students who would rather move somewhere else. And some of them already have their older siblings living in the big cities – so I guess there is a higher chance that they will follow their example.

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