”It’s been 15 years since I’ve packed my bags and left home for an international adventure for the first time. Little did I know that this would be one of the most special and life-changing experiences of my life. Fifteen years ago and exactly 4867.55 miles away from my city, I was arriving in Huntington – West Virginia (USA) meeting my host family and trying not to miss home. Fast forward to a few months later I was going to an all American high school (with advanced physics as a bonus) making friends from different countries, traveling around and being cared for as if they were my own family. There are few decisions in life where you wouldn’t change a thing, and I can say without a doubt that my high school exchange experience with Quest was one of those decisions. Because of that brief but deeply impacting semester, I was able to grow as a person, better understand myself, others around me and overcome challenges with amazing rewards that would impact my life in years to come.
Now I am almost 30, living in Dublin, Ireland, working in an International company and traveling the world as I always dreamed about doing. A big thank you to Quest International for being fundamental to my well-being, safety and cultural development and for all future exchange students out there my advice is:
Go for it – It will be one of the best experiences of your life. Trust me!
-Samantha Costa, Curitiba, Brazil