“Oklahoma City is so different because it's so organized,” Danielle said. “The things here are more practical. I went to the bank in the car and I didn't have to leave the car to get money. That does not happen in Brazil.”
The counselors will remain in Oklahoma City through the middle of August. The kids who come through the YMCA's summer programs have been easy to work with, they said.
“They ask a lot of questions about our country,” Gabriel said. “Most want to know what we eat and what we do for fun. They seem to want to know most about what's different from their culture.”
Danielle has appreciated their manners.
“They are little kids but they are different,” she said. “The kids here are very well-behaved. Sometimes that is not the case in Brazil.”
Gabriel, who plans to continue his college education when he goes home, said the experience should help broaden their knowledge of the rest of the world. Neither had been to the United States before this summer.
“It has been a very good experience,” he said. “We hope to improve our English and there is a lot to learn by visiting another country.”