06/26/2010

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How much do you use your computer for work vs. fun? “CONNECTING WORLDS AND FOLLOWING MY BLISS – BECOMING GLOBAL KIDS”:<br/> <br/> Life is a voyage full of the unknown; we cannot see what lies ahead. It is like the vastness of an ocean, all that can be seen is the calm, blue sea. We can sail in any direction, explore the horizon, and go where the wind takes us. Amidst the voyage comes the perfect storm when we must pull up the rudders, tie down the sails and batten down the hatches in hopes of clear waters ahead.<br/> <br/> Brazil is widely known for its beauty and diversity in landscape, culture, and ethnicity. However, there is a stark economic divide among its residents, perpetuated by limited affordable housing options and social services, and high unemployment rates, among other issues. Brazil’s population is centered around its cities and towns, and many residents live in favelas surrounding the big cities. For many, basic needs such as employment, education, and healthcare are not widely covered by the government, and are therefore out of reach. Increasing single-parent households and the necessity to find work far away from home translates to many children and elderly being left alone during the day, or abandoned completely. As a result, local community centers offering free or low-cost social services are often overcrowded and under-staffed.<br/> <br/> By visiting Brazil, South America’s largest and most populated country, anyone can become part, side-by-side of local people’s lives! It is a vibrant, friendly, and physically stunning country. The culture of Brazil reflects a long history of immigration from European, Asian, Arab and African countries mixing with indigenous groups. Brazil is both a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches, the Amazon rainforest, and rich biodiversity and also one of the most urban and industrialized countries in Latin America, with 80% of its population living in cities and towns.<br/> <br/> What each of us can do to modify our bitter and lonely inner place, live for ouselves in service to others globally and therefore come up with a better way of life to kids and future generations all over the world?<br/> <br/> I’ve discovered that when you’re given the opportunity to learn about foreign culture and customs and understand about community development, the abroad experience is truly complete. To gain this inside perspective, I lived and breathed simple cultural activities all over the world. Because of my original background, travelling purpose into discovering different foreign countries and experiences, I am now aware that anyone is able to enjoy whatever experience life is inviting by exploring other worlds! The most important is to be open to see a path, be it starting with another language training, field trips, guest entertainment, participation in local activities, feedback sessions or simply by reading or looking at photographs. Travelling, always offers the possibility of an inside perspective of any local community and culture, within and beyond the context of any other average experience.<br/> <br/> By Bia de Salles – June, 2010<br/>