Ariyana is 19 years old and passionate about culture. Even through a tough battle with sickle cell anemia, Ariyana’s passion for dance, food, and culture has never dwindled.
When wish granters asked her what her one true wish was, she tried to think of a place where all of those passions could be combined. It then became clear that a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was Ariyana’s ultimate wish.
The trip was full of new experiences from start to finish. Ariyana flew in a plane for the first time and got to discover all of the beauty and history that Rio de Janeiro holds.
The first tour that Ariyana and her family got to go on showcased the famous Christ the Redeemer Statue and the beautiful Copacabana beaches. Ariyana also got to explore Santa Teresa and ended the day with a Carnival themed dinner show. Ariyana loved getting to see the bright colors and the unique dance styles that graced the stage. The final experience that Ariyana had on her trip was a Samba Soul tour, which focused on the exciting aspects of dance and culture in Brazil.
Ariyana left for her trip with a heart full of passion and left with an extra dosage of hope. Her cultural experience in Rio de Janeiro is something that she and her family will never forget.