«I chose Iran from interest in Eastern culture and history, and this university was host to my internship. I studied Persian literature, strengthened grammar, and Iranology (subject in meaning and purpose similar to Russian moscow science), there were a lot of lessons devoted to the development of speech skills. According to the program, every day at first we had an hour for breakfast, and then we went to pairs, each of which lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes. Five-day trip with three pairs a day with wonderful teachers. We lived on campus in very comfortable and well-equipped rooms, there we also had supper and spent our free time. The organizers tried every day to find entertainment for us after classes.
I was struck by many things in Iran. For example, excellent mountains in the northern part of the country; Constant congestion, which led out of themselves; absence of traffic rules. Because of these traffic jams, I had a feeling that Tehran is a gigantic city compared to Moscow, although geographically it is not so.
Iranians constantly eat rice for lunch and dinner and drink it with brackish yogurt called Doogh. I do not know how to explain it in Russian, but it’s not ayran, so let it be just yogurt. Iranians drink a lot of tea, the most delicious — with roses. Even in Iran there is an interesting custom of «taarof», in Russian it can be translated as «excessive politeness», and it does not always positively turn into a tourist. This is not only a very detailed communication on the topic «How are you, how is your family and children there?» For example, when you sit in a taxi and ask for a price, the taxi driver replies: «Oh, come on, we’re friends, I’ll take you for free.» In fact, you need to ask the price three times, and then he will call you it. This is just a rule of politeness. But the main thing is that there are very friendly and smiling people who are always ready to help in any situation. They were very happy that we are interested in their culture and learn their language. »
«I was the president of an international student organization in Nicaragua for a year, and now I live and work here. I had no intention to go to this country, just before that I worked for three years in an international non-profit organization in Russia, India and Bahrain and planned a trip to Latin America for a year. In all cases, I started from professional tasks, and not from the country. The office in Nicaragua was opened a year before I began to choose, and this meant that I could try myself in many things, build everything by myself. So I was in a country where I did not even know existed. I arrived there immediately after two months of work in Bahrain, and the cultural shock was maximum. After one of the richest countries, I found myself in one of the poorest countries in the third world. From the point of view of education in general, of course, there is nothing to compare with Russia.
Here I was surprised by the attitude of people, the relaxation and, as my friend says, sending everything «to the maniac» (Spanish mañana — tomorrow). The sun, fruit and the Latin mentality, coupled with the high disparity of society and close family ties, definitely do not motivate to move faster and solve problems. Be that as it may, nothing can diminish the inspiration that the local nature gives: tropical forests, the world’s only fresh lake with sharks, dozens of volcanoes and pristine beaches. All this is at your disposal at any time. And yes, you need to get used to earthquakes, in time they even turn into routine.
Friends of my young man specially arranged a party, because they wanted to meet me very much, while no one addressed me to me
The local education system is also not happy. There are a couple of private universities here, the Latin American campus of the American University Keiser, the master’s programs are good in Thomas More and INCAE Business School. Usually local youth, who have money and a desire to somehow develop after the bachelor’s degree, go either to Honduras and Chile, or to Spain. I think the main problem is not education itself, but culture. We are faced with the problem of absolute ignorance and unwillingness to change anything. But this can be understood: people in Nicaragua have not seen much in their lives. Most young people do not worry much about their future well-being, because the pope has his own company, and if something goes wrong there, there are many close relatives. I was generally surprised by the frequency of family meetings. Every month there is an occasion: someone from a close family circle, consisting of 50 people, will necessarily have a birthday, engagement, or a wake. Usually meetings are arranged by the same people at home or in a restaurant. Pay for everyone and organize dinner as in the movie — with waiters and flowers on the tables.