Made it home safely!!

Hello every­one and thank you for fol­low­ing me on my blog post. I want to let every­one know that I have made it safe and sound back to the states. My time in Brazil has been one I most def­i­nitely wont forget.

I am sorry for not post­ing as much as I wanted to, but if you would like to see what the class did in Brazil please read our class blog!

I have just made it back to Aracju from Salvador!

I have just made it back to Aracju from Sal­vador! I really enjoyed my stay there and learned a lot about dif­fer­ent orga­ni­za­tions that help reha­bil­i­tate those with dif­fer­ent dis­abil­i­ties. On Mon­day we vis­ited a Cen­tre for Edu­ca­tional Sup­port to Visu­ally Impaired (Cen­tro de Apoio Pedagógico ao Defi­ciente Visual). At this cen­ter they helped the visu­ally impaired and the blind read brial. As well as use com­put­ers to surf the web or do school work.

On Tues­day we got offi­cial by meet­ing with Alexan­dre Baroni, Direc­tor of Human Rights for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties, Sec­re­tariat of Jus­tice and Human Rights. We had a lot dis­cus­sion around peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and their rights and equal access. After the visit there we stopped to visit an orga­ni­za­tion that helps reha­bil­i­tate those with dis­abil­i­ties and pro­vided other ser­vices, such as den­tal. The orga­ni­za­tion is called Irmã Dulce social project.

To end the trip in Sal­vador the last orga­ni­za­tion we vis­ited was APAE (Asso­ci­a­tion of Par­ents and Friends of Excep­tional Chil­dren) at tuis orga­ni­za­tion they worked with peo­ple who had intel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties from 16 and over. They focused on life skills and help­ing them enter the work force. They also offered fun activ­i­ties such as cook­ing, dance, music and the­atre. I am sad to have left Sal­vador, but excited to see what other fun plans await in Aracju.

My Sunday

Good after­noon every­one, today was a relaxed yet pro­duc­tive day. I got to sleep in and go to the beach for the first time! !!
I decided to stay in the apart­ments wih some other stu­dents to fin­ish up on some read­ing and school work. Look­ing for­ward to anouther excit­ing week. Cant wait to see what adven­tures are at hand.

Yesterday’s Adventures

Yes­ter­day we had class early in the morn­ing and talked about the focus of hav­ing and under­stand­ing dis­abil­i­ties as med­ical and social aspect and not just focus­ing on the phys­i­cal aspects.

After class we all went to the mar­ket! I had so much fun. I got to prac­tice my Por­tuguese! And try more fan­tas­tic foods.

To end the day, we all had Por­tuguese class num­ber 2. This time we learned­about objects in the room. Much more dif­fi­cult than greet­ings to say the least. I cant wait to see what tomor­row has in store.

My trip out today

Today we went to Raio de sol which is a non for profit orga­ni­za­tion that servers as a resources to chil­dren as well as adults with var­i­ous dis­abil­i­ties duch as cere­bral palsey and   autism. We took a tour around the site and car­a­lyn, the fonder of Raio de sol showed us the rooms where the par­tic­i­pants receive ser­vices such as seach and phys­i­cal ther­apy.  We also got to into some of the class rooms where the stu­dents learn, i was most shocked when car­a­lyn told me that all chil­dren with dis­abilites  must go to a puplic school and be in the class with other stu­dent, then told us that the ones with dis­abil­i­ties get expelled bea­cuse the prins­able desides they cant func­tion in a reg­u­lar edu­ca­tion class room. When this hap­pens Car­a­lyn takes them in. After the tour and back­ground of the orga­ni­za­tion we were all able to hang out with some of the  par­tic­i­pants in Car­a­lyns adult class and some locals who where fish­ing and prac­tice our port­gegeys. It was a lot of fun to be able to ask what where some of their hob­bies that they were inter­ested in. We all took pic­tures and got to expe­ri­ence the social life a bit.

On our way back to our apart­ments we stopped at a neneigh­bor­hood that was the equiv­a­lent to tent city in Wash­ing­ton.  It was emo­tional to see that the peo­ple here were work­ing peo­ple, but did not have the eco­nom­i­cal funds for an apart­ment. The locals in this envi­ron­ment stated that they had been liv­ing in apart­ments but had to be evac­u­ated for rea­sons I wasn’t sure of. In the end they were forced to live in a com­mu­nity that as of tomor­row will be torn down because of com­plaints from near by residents. 

I dont want to end on a sad note, so I will say with all the won­der­ful peo­ple and sto­ries we lis­tened to, I feel has got the group pumped up to fur­ther engage in the cul­ture and envi­ron­ment.  As well as learn­ing about the dis­abil­i­ties, reha­bil­i­ta­tion, and tech­nol­ogy wihin lim­ited resource areas in Brazil. I hope every­one is doing well in the states and keep a look out for the next com­ing blogs!!!

–Nykole Mitchell-”

Getting ready for Brazil!

Blog by Nykole Mitchell, Busi­ness Administration/ Soci­ety, Ethics and Human Behav­ior, Study Abroad–Brazil

A month from today I’ll be fly­ing into Brazil and start­ing an unfor­get­table trip. I am almost ready to start my study abroad trip: I have attended my ori­en­ta­tion, got my flight booked and fin­ished all the mis­cel­la­neous tasks that need to get done. The next step is to pack.
I haven’t got­ten a suit case to take with me just yet, but it’s def­i­nitely on my to-do list. I made sure I’ll have my money pouch, pass­port, and visa and flight itin­er­ary safe in a small carry on before head­ing out, wouldn’t want to lose that.
I have met up already with all the other stu­dents who will be attend­ing this pro­gram as well and I feel it’s going to be a good group dynamic. I can’t wait to get to know each of the stu­dents on a more per­sonal level.
Hope every­one has a fan­tas­tic week!