Manuel Benito Hurtado

Venezuela

Coming to Estonia...
I chose Estonia because of this country\'s high musical level. Estonia is well known for the  long tradition of Choral Conducting and its teaching all around the world.

Before coming here I knew about Estonia...
I thought that I would face a rigid and stiff russian culture. However it proved to be absolutely wrong: the Estonian men are gentlemen and polite, and Estonian ladies are sweeter.

Differences in student life in Estonia and in my home country...
There are many differences! Most of our Latin American cities are overcrowded, unsafe, violent and polluted places. The students have to work in order to support themselves and to pay for their studies. In addition, the students or workers or citizen in general, leave every day to their universities or jobs with the uncertainty of not knowing if they will return home alive aftertheir day. Here in Estonia I got a clean, quiet and safe society. The ideal environment for dedicating oneself exclusively to studies.

Studying in Estonia ...
I have had the opportunity to meet well-known Estonian like Veljo Tormis, Arvo Pärt, Eri Klass, Tõnu Kaljuste, whom I previously knew only through books and CDs. Now I can meet them in person.

Some of the things I learned here...
The best thing is that I was granted the scholarship by the Estonian Archimedes Foundation. It allows me to dedicatemyself fully to my studies.

I would tell others in my home country...
Estonia is a Hidden Treasure. While most of people choose redundant and overblown destination for studying, the academic development in Estonia is growing in silence and giant steps. Estonia can offer high academic level in cities with less overcrowding and better economic possibilities.

While being away from my home country, I miss the most...
My family, the Caribbean weather, heavenly beaches and cuisine.

I like to study here...
Because I can expand and broaden horizons.

My future...
I would like to continue Doctoral Studies in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

The last thing I want to say...
Buscas tu futuro? Vente a Estonia: El país de las posibilidades!!!

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