Prospective and current Modern Languages students who are thinking about how they might spend their Year Abroad will be inspired to hear about Modern Languages student Andrew Turner’s Year Abroad activities.
Andrew is spending his Year Abroad in Brazil, working on a placement as Development Officer for Premiership Rugby (in partnership with the British Council, Jaguar Land Rover and SESI) on the Try Rugby Brazil project, using Rugby Union as a social tool in some of Brazil’s most deprived communities. Based in the State of Rio de Janeiro since June 2015, Andrew and his colleagues have had a particular focus on promoting the game prior to the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Andrew explains: “Recently, I was invited to meet General Novaes from the Brazilian Army, to discuss implementing Rugby as a Sport within the AMAN Military Academy (Equivalent to Sandhurst). Next month I will be travelling for PR events with Team GB Rugby Sevens, who are currently training in Belo Horizonte, before further events back in Rio during the Games. As an advocate for language study, it is great to see Modern Languages prove, yet again, that it offers fantastic opportunities beyond the stereotypes of interpreting/translation work.
Sports wise, Brazilian children are naturally competitive, so it’s been great to see that modern coaching techniques such as using short snappy games go down well, as they constantly try their best, and aren’t afraid to use their imagination. It’s important to adapt the learning process to each participant, and in general, the beaming smiles are a giveaway that the session has been well-received. And while I’ve seen a change in behaviour and ability in the children, my own outlook on life has certainly been influenced in similar ways. Brazil has been a fantastic professional, and indeed personal experience that I will take forward with me as new chapters in my life begin to unfold.”
Good luck with your continued work placement Andrew and we look forward to hearing updates on your experiences of Rio 2016!