Day: June 27, 2014

Building Economic Ties between the United States and Brazil through Education

At the crack of dawn tomorrow morning, I will board a train travelling 12 hours from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais to Linhares, Espirito Santo, Brazil. There I will begin the on-site phase of the Global Leadership Fellowship with Denver-based NGO, US-Brazil Connect (USBC). The NGO focuses on assisting Brazilian vocational and high school students with becoming more comfortable with English language and American culture, as well as connect them with foreign education institutions and community colleges. Fellows are expected to lead a group of Brazilian students through a series of leadership and group collaboration exercises, meanwhile strengthening their confidence...

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Cheap and Deadly High: Glue Sniffing in South Africa

I live in the middle of Cape Town – what is called City Centre – and I work about 10 kilometers away in the suburb of Claremont. The bus system doesn’t extend that far, so my mode of transportation is the MetroRail. Trains in Cape Town run on an unreliable schedule, often breaking down, getting delayed, changed, or canceled altogether. Despite the inconsistencies, the ticketing system is relatively simple. Tickets can be bought as one-way, round trip, week or month passes, for first, second or third class. The line I take – the Southern Suburbs Route – is one...

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