Sweet Caroline!

Photojournalist of the day: Abdulrahman (Saudi Arabia)

We woke up in the morning and we were so sad that it was the last day, but at the same time we were so happy. We had breakfast with our lovey host family and they are so kind and amazing. We did said goodbye to them and told them that we’re going to miss them. After that, we took our English class and we learned a lot and now we have a lot of knowledge in English. We went shopping to buy gifts. Afterwards, we went that we did go to the Hilton hotel (a 5 star hotel), and we had our program closing meeting, where we were prevented with the Certificate of attendance of the sports program and for English class. We went to Fenway Park, the Red sox stadium, and watched an exciting game between the BALTIMORE ORIOLES and the BOSTON RED SOX and of course the Red Sox won. At the end of the day we were saying goodbye to each other and almost everyone cried, men and women. We really hope that we will meet each other again.

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Cradle to Crayon

Photojournalist of the day: Theophilus (Nigeria)

I did so many things today, such as studying at the ELS English language center, which involved with reading a passage in English and answering the questions. We also attended a leadership session, volunteered at Cradle to Crayon, which has to do with volunteer opportunity, and lastly a funny game.

My favorite activity was the volunteer opportunity at Cradle to Crayon, because it was a good opportunity to provide kids or children from 2-18 who are homeless or lack a good financial situation by helping them with essential things they need at home, school, playground and connecting them with self-mindedness.

I learned a lot of things, but my favorite was helping young children who have nothing in life. Secondly, I enjoyed the leadership experience which has to do with learning about yourself. It was important to me because everyone is not created of equal level and learning has to do with practicing and focusing every day.

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Yes.....and!

Photojournalist of the day: Lars Van Der Meiren – Belgium

Today was a sporty and educational day. This was the first morning we had to leave our host family alone in a group to go to the English classes. For this trip we had to take the bus and train independently so that we would be on time for our very first lesson in Boston. At 8.30 A.M. we received an English lesson from a good teacher. We learned to explain soccer tactics and positions in English. It’s a unique way to keep the class on the same theme and at the same time learn because we all love soccer. After that we received an improvisation lesson for 2 hours and we learned to respond quickly and clearly to other people’s reactions in an active and educational manner. Everyone was involved so that we would all participate in the activity. I liked this lesson because it was funny and it was the first time I ever had a improvisation lesson. After this we were able to quietly enjoy our lunch and afterwards learn the sport of rowing. This sport is much harder and more explosive in power than most of us think. This was also my favourite activity because it was the first time I practiced this sport. At the end of the day some went shopping which is a must in Boston due to the many brand stores. Most participants found this was one of the best days we have experienced.

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Meeting our host families!

Photojournalist of the Day: Artsiom and Polina (Belarus)

Another full day started with packing our luggage, because we were leaving our Boston University accommodation. Everyone was excited about meeting their host families, to understand the real life of American people, and spot the differences between American films and real life. While everyone was eating breakfast each group presented more information about their homeland (there are 7 countries in total). Every group told about their culture, traditions and clothes. After sharing amazing information everyone went to their host families and spent the rest of the day with them. This day was full of emotions, new things and traditions, and it would not have happened without FHI360 and SWB, that's why we are so grateful to them for giving us this opportunity.

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Soccer Camp: Day 1 w/ Soccer Without Borders

Photojournalist of the Day: Jolien Roelens (Belgium)

This morning we had our first day of camp, so we had to get up early. This time we were all on time and could grab breakfast together. Once we finished, we immediately took the metro. After a short walk, we arrived at the soccer field. The day didn’t start good for Yassin, Marie-Sophie and me because our baggage still didn’t get to us and we had nothing to wear. Luckily a couple of other participants had some clothes for us that we could borrow. In Alewife, we met the team of Soccer Without Borders, they were all so friendly and kind and starts to play soccer with us. Then the director of the program told us about the four rules: be positive, speak English, respect each other and the material and try everything. After his speech, the girls and boys were separated, and we started with some warming up games.

Step by step (and you can take that very literally), I learned new names and I could match them with all the new faces. Our first lesson was about passing a ball. There are three things that you must remember: first, COMMUNICATION you need to speak, shout out names, ask for a pass… Next you have THE BANANA; it’s the arch of your foot and you must use this to pass the ball. And the third step is PLANT AND POINT. Your not dominant foot has to point in the direction you want to pass. I really enjoyed practising this and every coach was really nice. At the end we played a little game. I met a lot of new girls, but I want to say thanks to Vanessa and her sister Rachel, because they made me feel comfortable, they askes me questions about Belgium and my family and I really made me feel welcome. They Rock! GRLPWR. IN the afternoon we had free time and could choose what to do. I went to the Public Library, a Protestant Church and we sav the finish line of the Boston Marathon. I found I chocking to be at a place and see the two monuments were a couple of years ago, people died. It gave me goose bumps, especially because there were a man and his wife, right at the finish, who gave food the homeless people. And they were really grateful. After dinner, we went to the Charles River to see the sunset. It was like a kind of double date: Lars and the two girls. We really had fun and were almost attacked by a group of gooses, but luckily we could escape. The date and evening went well and we can conclude that there wasn’t a third wheel 😊. Today was really incredible, when we played soccer I felt really strong and powerful and the finish line made me realize that life can end any moment and you should just enjoy! Ps: some more good news: our luggage arrived and now we all have fresh clothes and a pyjama. I’m ready for tomorrow, another great day.

Bears, Wolves and Dragons!

Photojournalist of the Day: Darya

Today was a very busy day! In the morning, we went to the soccer field, where we practiced our skills. We learned the three main points that make a good pass. It was very interesting and exciting.

Next, we played football. Between the girls there were three teams called Bears, Wolves and Dragons. We had the opportunity to choose a name for our teams and introduce them! Our coaches supported us and this made us stronger. I am very pleased with our game! I really believe that football brings people together and makes them happier!

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