As we enter our final week in Charlotte, the week starts off with our placements in the designated Elementary schools. It is amazing getting to know these fantastic students and teachers, there are so many similarities and just as many differences! Our first cultural activity for the week was an Ice Hockey game at the Bojangles Coliseum. So fast paced, the cheerleaders were amazing to do their routines on the ice and of course, Charlotte won! I think we were the lucky charm for each sporting event.
Friday night was a treat going to the Epicentre and watching a movie - complete with full dinner service! Uptown is really beautiful at Christmas time and there are plenty of interesting laneways with various restaurants and shops to check out. The Christmas Village was on our agenda for Saturday afternoon - Christmas in winter just feels so much different to our hot Australian Christmas.
Last day at the University was a little sad for everyone as we knew our trip was drawing to a close, but excited to have made so many amazing friends and enjoy such a wonderful learning opportunity. To finish up, we had the chance to express our artistic flair with a painting party and dinner. A great way to wrap up an unbelievable and enriching trip.
'Every aspect was amazing, the cultural and the academic, there was not one day I was not excited by what we were doing. The staff that looked after us were so friendly it made us feel at home. I enjoyed going to the sporting event and the lectures, we had a very dynamic group. Even just being at an American college and going on the school visits was so fun. I would do again if I could.'
"The Public Health course was such an amazing experience. You get to go on various site visits that open your eyes and mind on healthcare and its many aspects. You also get to experience the true Mexican culture, climb pyramids and eat amazing food!"
"It was excellent, the program structure, teachers and fellow students were all amazing people. I learnt so much, from drawing skills to the Italian language, and it was all soooo much fun! I would recommend this program to anyone and everyone, skilled drawer or not."