International Study Program: Location
This summer’s journey to Brazil is our fourth in the last decade. Throughout this time we have developed strong partnerships with Brazilian community based organizations that we visit each trip. This year, for the first time, several youth from “Iramos Unidos” (The Brotherhood chapter in Arembepe established by Co-Founder Jason Warwin during his time living in Brazil) will travel with ISP to another region of Brazil. This is one small way we are able to support the organizations who have welcomed us with open arms throughout the years.
ISP is a life-changing experience. Check out the photos and review the members’ reflections. You will surely see why it is said that “travel is the best education”.
In the afternoon members toured their 1st favela , Complexo de Alemao, and exchanged with the NGO Voz Da Communidade Third day members spent the day at AfroRegaee, a partner organization who has hosted us and welcomed us lovingly, everytime we have been to Brasil. Later that evening we were invited to dinner at the home of other US consulate diplomates who took the time to share about their experiences and learn from our members. Fourth day we visted with Centro Comunitario Lidia Dos Santos also located in a favela, where we had the oppotunity to tuor their space and exchanged with their youth. At night we walked through Lapa and had a taste of the busy Brasilian night life. Fifth day we visited the Museu dos Novos Pretos and participated in a dance class with the Grande Compania de Mysterios e Novidades.
In the evening members attended Baile Funk, a party/gathering at a favela. Our final day in Rio we spent the day bonding and relaxing at Copacabana Beach and members facilitated their 1st seminar… Today we made our way and are settled in the rural community of Miguel Perriera… Looking foward to the adventures that await….
After that we got a real taste of the Brazilian nightlife. The restaurant where we ate dinner played live music, which was amazing. Next we went out to a hip-hop club. There was a drumming band that played music and then the DJ took over. Everybody danced the night away. This was my favorite day so far. I wish we had many more nights like this.
After lunch we went for a swim in the river. At that moment, I was convinced to open up to all the experiences on ISP, so instead of sitting on the side of the river and getting a little splash, I decided to jump all the way in and experience the moment with everyone else.
It started to occur to me, at that moment in the San Juan river, how much privilege I have and this opportunity to swim in a river with my peers may never come again in my lifetime. As I sit here and write in this journal, I’m thinking how will I allow this experience to change the person I am, because it should have a major affect on my thinking and who I truly am becoming.