Now being in Brazil for almost three weeks, I have taken in many of the sights, sounds, smells and culture. Brazilians are known for their outgoing personalities and their affection with one another. They are quick to show their care and love for one another and more so, they are quick to help and most of all quick to give.
Since I have been here, I have been showered with food, presents, drawings, movies, clothing, help and love and more. Sitting back and observing my fellow americans with brazilians you can quickly tell the difference who has been acclimated to this type of living. Living to give and love.
This is not to say that we are not like this in the states however, it seems to me that this type of genuine love and care for one another has dissipated within our culture. It can be difficult to find someone who can find the time to really listen, find the time to show you love when all you may need is a simple hug or someone that will put them self aside to help even though they may not have the moment to do so….. I challenge people that are reading this to show more affection, show more care, show more love, be quick to give and quick to help. I argue that this can only help not hinder the phenomenon of such a immensely connected yet disconnected culture that the United States has become. The US could learn a lesson from Brazil…. thoughts??
In 8 days, I am officially heading out to spend one month in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil! I am working for the Brazilian Confederation of Industry and US-Brazil Connect, teaching high school students english through a unique immersion program.
During my stay in Brazil, I am going to do my best (internet connection depending) to blog about my experience in Salvador. I invite you to follow me along in my journey.
I am anxious and excited to be exposed to such a colorful and beautiful culture. I am heading into this experience with an open mind and heart and I am absolutely ecstatic to see what is in store. During part of my stay in Salvador one of their biggest festivals, Sao Joao, will be taking place. I am looking forward to sharing this experience with everyone….. I would love any advice or comments that you may have if you have travelled or wish to travel to Brazil or if you have taught english abroad!
Here is a photo of my amazing students that I will be working with (missing three in this pic;)….
I have recently applied and have been accepted to work in
Brazil this summer! I will specifically be working with high school
students engaging them in english immersion, leadership activities
and creating economic opportunity for the next generation of
Brazil. I am excited to have the opportunity to travel to Brazil
and to be exposed and immersed into such a wonderous and vibrant
culture. I am creating this post seeking any travel adventures you
may have had and want to share of Brazil, any advice that you may
have of things that I cannot miss, travel advice, advice on
Portuguese, music, culture, the people. Any links to stories,
articles or photography you may have. I want to hear all about it!!
I would love to hear you ideas and stories. I found this picture
and could not help but share it…. an intro to Brazilian culture,
if you will.. (psst! more to come) “A woman sits on Selaron’s
Stairs (Escadaria Selarón), a mosaic staircase made of colorful
tiles, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 February 2012. World-famous
staircase, mostly covered by vibrant yellow, green and blue tiles
(inspired by the colors of the Brazilian flag), is the masterpiece
of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who considers it as a personal
tribute to the Brazilian people. Connecting the neighborhoods of
Santa Teresa and Lapa, the stairway is made up of 250 steps and
measures 125 meters long. In 1990 Selarón began work on the
stairway, creating a constantly evolving piece of art, now adorned
with over 2,000 brightly colored tiles collected from over 60
countries. Selarón funds his one man’s project through donations
and the sale of his black-and-red paintings which mostly depict a
pregnant African woman or himself. Living his passion, the
eccentric 65-year-old artist claims that this crazy and unique
dream will only end on the day of my death.”