Brazil’s Future – What the Media is Missing

As the impeachment trial of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff proceeds, I’m reminded of the old saying, “Brazil is not for beginners.”  Articles by observers with little inside knowledge of Brazil proclaim the current political and economic crisis in Brazil is a return to the lost decade of the 1980s, when inflation hit over 400% and unemployment was rampant. These observers assume[…]

Transforming Worldviews One Sojourer at a Time

TRANSFORMING WORLDVIEWS ONE SOJOURNER AT A TIME: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY ON THE TRANSFORMATIONAL NATURE OF SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCES AT A COMMUNITY COLLEGE Lisa M Dohm  Central Michigan University February 2016 Ms. Dohm worked with Fellows from the 2015 Northwestern Michigan team to complete her PhD research. Fellows completed interviews, questionnaires, kept journals and shared details[…]

Opening Homes and Hearts

Traveling across the world to foreign lands requires courage, and so does opening your home to strangers. But courage has its rewards. This February we witnessed courage from our 88 Brazilian students who traveled to Colorado and our 80 Colorado host families who opened their homes and hearts. US-Brazil Connect welcomed these students from 32 sites across[…]

Fellow Stories

Pay-It-Forward Project By: Anya Carrasco Tuesday, March 10, 2015 I am one of the co-organizers of Mashup Mondays, a weekly language exchange at Cultural Vistas, the organization where I work. At Cultural Vistas the majority of staff members have lived or worked abroad and speak different languages. Mashup Mondays allows people to keep up with[…]

Brazilian Student Stories

From Coaching in Porto Velho to Living There By: Naomi Israel Friday, October 31, 2014 If I had to put a word to describe my overall experience of participating in Conexão Mundo 2013, that word would be magical. I had been assigned to Porto Velho, Rondônia, where the Conexão Mundo program was arriving for the[…]