Dia 11 #

Hoje aprendemos como capturar a beleza de nosso ambiente com fotografias. Nosso instrutor André Valle Nunes nos deu várias dicas antes de usar nosso novo conhecimento. Com as montanhas que nos cercavam, oportunidades de tirar fotos belas no caminho eram em todos lugares. Também tivemos a oportunidade maravilhosa de capturar a cena de uma Jararaca comendo um sapo. Acredito que falo por tudo grupo quando afirmo que agora temos a habilidades de guardar com fotos a essência desta região e ...

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Day 10

Our day started with a bird watching class in the forest where Eloisa taught us to be silent and patient while our eyes were getting used to distinguish the birds through the lights and the shadows. The most difficult part was to identify the birds (there are more than 1900 birds in Brazil!), to catch those details that will help us to define them. What was the size of the tail? Did you see the bill? Are you sure it had ...

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Day #9

Monday was the day of açai jussara (Euterpe Edulis), a fruit that grows on local palm trees. This fruit is slightly different from the more common variety of açai that grows in the northern part of Brazil but has even more health benefits, even though the northern variety is already considered one of the most healthful fruits on earth. In the morning we had a class talking about the fruit and its many uses and health benefits, as well as ...

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Dia 08 # Chegada dos amigos brasileiros

No dia 18 de maio chegamos em Iracambi: Felipe Dantas, Ivan Soares, Naiara Figueiredo e Thais Silveira. Após a recepção calorosa dos anfitriões e dos amigos norte-americanos e nossa amiga búlgara, conhecemos as principais instalações do instituto e participamos de uma dinâmica de apresentação, onde demonstramos nosso “inglês”. Já nossos amigos americanos nos surpreenderam com um ótimo português, foi bem divertido e emocionante.

Estamos empolgados com a experiência e esperamos que este seja um momento de crescimento para todos, será um ...

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Days 6# & 7#

It’s weekend in Iracambi! 

On Saturday, our students had a day off. It was time to do late homework, washing clothes, cleaning the room, talking to family, reminding of that book at the bottom of the traveling bag and, of course, playing the sloth and recovering some energy for the next week. That is, it was a day to do all the things that for some reason had to be put aside during our busy first week. Later on this day, we even managed to organize ...

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Day #5

Our fifth day was dedicated to solidarity!

At 8:30 we jumped on our Kombi, equipped with all the necessary tools, heading to Rosario da Limeira. The activities of the day would happen in APAE, an organization that works with disabled children. Our mission was restoring their garden and providing the kids with an instructive fun day! 

We got there around 9:00, and a group of smiling kids received us with open arms and smiles. ...

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Day #4

An organic day in its whole and essence!

Even before breakfast, instructor Daniel invited us to take part in a yoga stretching, followed by a meditation to the sound of melodies and bell’s vibrations. After getting in touch with our inner selves, our minds flowed to the levels of environment perception. How do we get in touch with our minds and hearts? How do we take care of our bodies? How do we see and feel the world, and how do ...

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Day #3

A day devoted to language skills, with Portuguese exercises in the morning, afternoon and night!

To level our students” Portuguese and give them many priceless vocabulary hints, we were honored with the presence of teacher Caroline, who has more than 11 years of experience giving Portuguese classes to foreigners. Finishing a Phd in the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and with experience Portuguese in Cuba and United States, she prepared a whole day of activities for our 100k Strong in ...

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Day #2

Hi, there!

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Still feeling the endorphin running in our veins, we register that the second day of the 100k Strong in the Americas group was marked by a challenge in the natural environment. The students were given two options: an adventurous trek to Pico da Graminha Peak or another hike through the communities around the mountain. Since all the group was thirsty for adrenaline, and Leandro promised natural açaí as a reward, ...

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Day #1

Hello, Friends!

We are more than excited to have started our course in partnership with the US Department of State 100K Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, Partners of the Americas, Rio Pomba’s IFET (Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology), and The Center for Sustainable Communities of Muncie, Indiana. The aim of this program is bringing together different cultures, introducing conservation concepts and presenting possibilities of sustainable interactions between man and landscape.

Our first week’s team of students is composed of four ...

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