My name is Tasha Talvi and I am 17 years old. I was born and raised in Alaska. I've grown up with a love for the outdoors. There are many adventures to be had in The Last Frontier, many mountains to hike, and oceans and lakes to kayak. I love Alaska, and am proud to be called an Alaskan.
But, the travel bug has bit me.
My first time out of country was on a trip set up by the Spanish teachers at my school in 2015. They organized a trip to Spain. My parents encouraged me to take the opportunity to travel. It was expensive, of course, and I worked the summer to be able to afford it, but it was all worth it.
I fell in love with Spain, immediately. It opened my mind up to a different way of thinking. There are thousands of languages out there, vastly different cultures and customs, and insane foods, architecture, forests, beaches, deserts, etc. There is so much more to the world than where you were born.
Once I realized this, I decided I wanted to go on a year-long exchange to a foreign country. I went about finding a program, applied to one of my choice, and was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Rotary Youth Exchange program for the 2017-2018 year. For those of you that don't know about Rotary Youth Exchange, they pick the country that you will spend a year in.
For me, they selected Brazil. I was surprised...and excited...and grateful. I had only ever thought about traveling to Europe. South America wasn't even on my radar. If they hadn't selected Brazil for me, I can't say with 100% certainty that I would have visited South America in my future.
This website, for the 2017-2018 year at least, is going to be a place where I can share photos and things I've learned from the time I'm spending in Joao Pinheiro, Brasil.