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02/18/2014

Spring 2014, Issue I

NewsletterBannerRioArrival Day2014 Begins for CIEE in Rio de Janeiro

It´s a year that Brazilians have been waiting for since 2007, when the nation was chosen to host the World Cup. 2014 has arrived and so have our students that will spend the semester immersing themselves in the culture, becoming fluent in Portuguese, studying at Brazil´s top universities, adventuring both within and outside the city limits and yes, these semester students will be here when the ball is dropped for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in June. On January 3rd, students fought through snow storms and flight delays before boarding their flights in the USA. They exited the airplanes in Rio de Janeiro to record temperatures of 104F with a 120F heat index. Their new lives in the tropical country began with sunny day after sunny day. Above is a photo of our group on the afternoon of their arrival, missing a few because of delayed flights. Around the same time the photo was taken it was beginning to sink in that they had made a wonderful decision to study abroad in Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro.Nos Braços do Cristo

Abraços From Brazil

After a two day orientation at a hotel in downtown Rio, where students learned about everything from personal safety to cultural competency, it was time to become familar with the geography of the city. To say Rio de Janeiro has unique physical features would be understating its grandeur. It is considered by some to be the most beautiful cityscape on the planet. Our tour took us to the hillside neighborhood of Santa Teresa, known for its artists and Bohemian lifestyle, to the famous Selaron staircase in Lapa, through the largest urban forest in the world - The Tijuca National Forest. Finally, the highlight of the city tour was visiting the Christ statue that sits on top of Corcovado Mountain, one of the thousands of majestic viewpoints in the city and one of the seven man made wonders of the world.

From Corcovado Escadaria Selaron in Lapa

Check out our students' individual blogs:

Stefan Johnson - Occidental University

Kari Ann Beaulieu - Vanderbilt University

Hannah Sotnick - Columbia University

Alana Harris - Cornell University

Ben Williams - University of Tennesee

Intensive Language Course Upon Arrival Opens Doors of Opportunity

CIEE believes that the language component of any program is critical to opening doors of opportunity. Students may have taken several semesters of Portuguese in their home universities but that cannot compare to being immersed in Brazilian Portuguese. Our host university, Pontificia Catolica Universidade do Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the best private universities in Brazil. Together with Portuguese speaking homestays and a language commitment our students take a one month intensive Portuguese course before beginning the semester. Intensive might even be an understatement, the one month course entails 90 classroom hours complimented by CIEE’s cultural activity and guest lecture series. At the end, the students feel better prepared for the courses and a lot more efficient in navigating the city and communicating with the community.

PUC-RioCultural Activities Outside the Classroom

Samba Dance Lesson  Rio is known as the "City of Samba," and there is no better way to learn how to samba than to take our special class with the "passistas", professional dancers from the most popular samba school in Rio called Mangueira at the CIEE study center.
Samba Lesson at CIEE Study Center

Night at a the Mangueira Samba School. Samba schools are not necessarily schools. They are everything that makes carnaval special in Rio de Janeiro. What is a samba school?   They open their doors in July to prepare for the carnaval season. The students practiced their skills spending a late night at the famous "Escola de Samba" called Mangueira, photos below.

Mangueira Tina and Davis at Mangueira
Cecilia Shadey David at MangueiraPercussion Lesson in Santa Marta. Santa Marta, photo below, is one of the almost 600 poor hill-side neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. It is located on a very steep slope in the neighborhood of Botafogo and has a population of around 8000 residents. In 2008 the neighborhood was the first favela to undergo a new peacekeeping process of urbanization carried out by the city and state governments of Rio de Janeiro. CIEE students participated in a percussion lesson taught by the instructors and students of Atitude Social. Atitude Social is an NGO that transforms youth in the neighborhood through music, art and education. The drum lesson was held at the Michael Jackson Square, where Michael filmed the the 1996 video for "They Don't Really Care About Us". It was a learning community engagement activity and a blast had by all.  

Santa Marta FavelaPercussion Lesson  in Santa Marta 1Percussion lesson in Santa Marta Percussion Lesson  Santa Marta 2Movie Nights and Guest Lectures: As part of the Intensive Language and Culture course CIEE hosts a guest lecture series and Brazilian film nights at the CIEE Study Center. In January CIEE hosted guest lecture Sean McIntyre Ph.D. who spoke about the History of the Brazilian Literature and Intellectual Life. In another guest lecture Theresa Williamson Ph.D. lectured on Pre-Olympic Rio and Social Justice and Politics in Rio´s Favelas. The two Brazilian films we showed at our office, with English subtitles, were Four Days in September and Faroeste Caboclo. 

Theresa Williamson Guest Lecture

Optional Hikes: We have staff that loves hiking in Rio in de Janeiro, and we also love sharing these optional hikes with our students. Below is a photo from a hike we did in January to the Leme Forte.

  Optional Hike to the Leme Forte

A tour of Grande Rio Samba School: Our students were invited by the first division samba school called Grande Rio. It was a valuable opportunity to understand the incredible amount of work that goes into the entire production of Carnaval behind the scenes. As part of the tour we learned the history of samba, tried on the elaborate costumes and toured the warehouse where the floats were in construction. 

Ivana and Maria at Grande Rio Samba SchoolIMG_0074Grande Rio Samba School Tour
See you next issue with more learning adventures such as our excursion to the historic mountain city of Ouro Preto, more about our community engagement activities, beginning of the semester courses, parading at CARNAVAL  and other activities around Rio de Janeiro. 

Abracos!

CIEE Staff

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10/21/2013

Fall 2013, Issue II

NewsletterBannerRio

Hiking up Cabritos Mountain
Greetings from Rio de Janeiro

Semester Courses Begin at PUC-Rio!  

PUC1PUC2

Welcome To PUC-RioPUC Classroom
CIEE's host university, Pontificia Universidade Catolica (and better known as PUC-Rio), sits in a large tropical forested area in Rio's beautiful south zone. Its cafes, restaurants, wi-fi, outdoor study areas, large library and active student life make it a delightful place to both spend time and take classes. Our students choose between an extensive list of course offerings at PUC-Rio that can be found here. Our students take courses in Portuguese, but PUC offers courses in English too.

 

You Want a Guided City Tour? Do It Yourself...

We have noticed over the years that no matter how interesting the guided city tours are, it is difficult to have all the students keep from conversing about their new realities and pay attention to the guide at every stop. So this semester we experimented with having the students do their own guided city walking tour of Rio de Janeiro. CIEE chose 21 sites that we think all visitors should know in downtown. Then we had each student choose one of these sites out of a hat and be prepared to speak about it during our downtown walking tour of Rio. Not only did they have alot of fun researching their topics, but they all paid attention to each other from beginning to end. The photo below is Juan Corina from UPenn telling us about the Arcos da Lapa, finished in 1723 as an aqueduct to bring water from the mountains to the city and later used as a bridge to bring passenger trolleys from downtown to the neighborhood of Santa Teresa.

Juan Corina from UPenn telling us about the Arcos da Lapa

 

Community Engagement, A Two Way Road

Once the 0ne month intensive language course ends and students confirm their semester schedules CIEE feels it's a good time to begin introducing students to Community Engagement Activities. In early September CIEE Rio students began a variety of engagement projects. For young adults doing a study abroad program it is important that our students develop relationships that help them learn from the community in way that benefits everyone involved. It's a two way road. This semester our students are learning and engaging by breaking ground in the creation of the first community garden in the Cabritos favela, offering free English classes to children and also adults with careers that involve English, working with an environmental educational group called Moleque Mateiro that teaches underprivleged youth the benefits and wonders of ecological sustainability and one student is teaching surfing at an NGO surfing camp based in the Rocinha favela. 

Cutting the bamboo for the fenceCarrying the bamboo t build the fenceFence almost in place, time to break groundAula de ingles criancas

 

Our 15 Minutes of Fame at Rede Record TV Station

It was a day to remember spending an afternoon at the Rede Record television station in Rio de Janeiro. Our students received the VIP treatment and were shown the entire production process from satelite feeds, to real time ratings, to the editing room. To our surprise, the tour guided us into the live studio where Rio's most popular afternoon program, Balanca Geral with Wagner Montes, was being televised. He interviewed our students on live television, attempting English at first, but boy was he relieved and impressed when he realized our American students speak fluent Portuguese!    

Dia no Record

 

A Day in the Music Scene at the Rocinha Favela

Some of the biggest Brazilian musical trends and movements have originated in favelas, including samba, pagode and brazilian funk. Our CIEE students spent a morning walking around the neighborhood with Zezinho from Favela Adventures. Favela Adventures is a company that shows visitors the ins and outs of the neighborhood where they grew up and where they have pride in their community, the Rocinha Favela. All proceeds from their tours go to fund their side project, Rocinha Media School, that offers free lessons in DJ'ing and musical production to the youth of Rio's most famous favela. Our walk ended at the school where we not only learned and listened to latest musical trends in the communities of Rio de Janeiro but also how this music is created.     

Rocinha Music Tour   DJ lesson Funk Brazileira 

A Hike up Cabritos Mountain

In September CIEE Rio offered students an optional guided hike up Cabritos Mountain. Thankfully, almost all of students opted to take the hike because it was amazing. Cabritos Mountain is a large round mountain that lies in between Copacabana, Ipanema, Lagoa and Botafogo. The tour guide co-op group called Tabritur is the only outfit that offers this particular climb. We had 7 local guides to show us the way and they were a lot of fun. The word Cabritos means goat in Portuguese and often the steep trail seemed better fit for goats. But we made it and it was well worth it to experience the 360 degree view in the heart of the most beautiful city in the world. After the hike Tabatur had a Feijoada lunch prepared for our hungry and tired students to cap off an unforgettable day.

Cabritos Hike        Hiking Cabritos
Em cima do Morro dos Cabritos

See you next issue with more learning adventures such as our excursion to the historic mountain city of Ouro Preto, our CIEE sponsored community screening of the film Girl Rising, more about community engagement and other activities around Rio de Janeiro. 

Abracos!

CIEE Staff

Staff CIEE Rio Camila Matt Adams Zack

 

 

10/08/2013

Fall 2013, Issue II

NewsletterBannerRio

Hiking up Cabritos Mountain
Greetings from Rio de Janeiro

Semester Courses Begin at PUC-Rio!  

PUC1PUC2

Welcome To PUC-RioPUC Classroom
CIEE's host university, Pontificia Universidade Catolica (and better known as PUC-Rio), sits in a large tropical forested area in Rio's beautiful south zone. Its cafes, restaurants, wi-fi, outdoor study areas, large library and active student life make it a delightful place to both spend time and take classes. Our students choose between an extensive list of course offerings at PUC-Rio that can be found here. Our students take courses in Portuguese, but PUC offers courses in English too.

 

You Want a Guided City Tour? Do It Yourself...

We have noticed over the years that no matter how interesting the guided city tours are, it is difficult to have all the students keep from conversing about their new realities and pay attention to the guide at every stop. So this semester we experimented with having the students do their own guided city walking tour of Rio de Janeiro. CIEE chose 21 sites that we think all visitors should know in downtown. Then we had each student choose one of these sites out of a hat and be prepared to speak about it during our downtown walking tour of Rio. Not only did they have alot of fun researching their topics, but they all paid attention to each other from beginning to end. The photo below is Juan Corina from UPenn telling us about the Arcos da Lapa, finished in 1723 as an aqueduct to bring water from the mountains to the city and later used as a bridge to bring passenger trolleys from downtown to the neighborhood of Santa Teresa.

Juan Corina from UPenn telling us about the Arcos da Lapa

 

Community Engagement, A Two Way Road

Once the 0ne month intensive language course ends and students confirm their semester schedules CIEE feels it's a good time to begin introducing students to Community Engagement Activities. In early September CIEE Rio students began a variety of engagement projects. For young adults doing a study abroad program it is important that our students develop relationships that help them learn from the community in way that benefits everyone involved. It's a two way road. This semester our students are learning and engaging by breaking ground in the creation of the first community garden in the Cabritos favela, offering free English classes to children and also adults with careers that involve English, working with an environmental educational group called Moleque Mateiro that teaches underprivleged youth the benefits and wonders of ecological sustainability and one student is teaching surfing at an NGO surfing camp based in the Rocinha favela. 

Cutting the bamboo for the fenceCarrying the bamboo t build the fenceFence almost in place, time to break groundAula de ingles criancas

 

Our 15 Minutes of Fame at Rede Record TV Station

It was a day to remember spending an afternoon at the Rede Record television station in Rio de Janeiro. Our students received the VIP treatment and were shown the entire production process from satelite feeds, to real time ratings, to the editing room. To our surprise, the tour guided us into the live studio where Rio's most popular afternoon program, Balanca Geral with Wagner Montes, was being televised. He interviewed our students on live television, attempting English at first, but boy was he relieved and impressed when he realized our American students speak fluent Portuguese!    

Dia no Record

 

A Day in the Music Scene at the Rocinha Favela

Some of the biggest Brazilian musical trends and movements have originated in favelas, including samba, pagode and brazilian funk. Our CIEE students spent a morning walking around the neighborhood with Zezinho from Favela Adventures. Favela Adventures is a company that shows visitors the ins and outs of the neighborhood where they grew up and where they have pride in their community, the Rocinha Favela. All proceeds from their tours go to fund their side project, Rocinha Media School, that offers free lessons in DJ'ing and musical production to the youth of Rio's most famous favela. Our walk ended at the school where we not only learned and listened to latest musical trends in the communities of Rio de Janeiro but also how this music is created.     

Rocinha Music Tour   DJ lesson Funk Brazileira 

A Hike up Cabritos Mountain

In September CIEE Rio offered students an optional guided hike up Cabritos Mountain. Thankfully, almost all of students opted to take the hike because it was amazing. Cabritos Mountain is a large round mountain that lies in between Copacabana, Ipanema, Lagoa and Botafogo. The tour guide co-op group called Tabritur is the only outfit that offers this particular climb. We had 7 local guides to show us the way and they were a lot of fun. The word Cabritos means goat in Portuguese and often the steep trail seemed better fit for goats. But we made it and it was well worth it to experience the 360 degree view in the heart of the most beautiful city in the world. After the hike Tabatur had a Feijoada lunch prepared for our hungry and tired students to cap off an unforgettable day.

Cabritos Hike        Hiking Cabritos
Em cima do Morro dos Cabritos

See you next issue with more learning adventures such as our excursion to the historic mountain city of Ouro Preto, our CIEE sponsored community screening of the film Girl Rising, more about community engagement and other activities around Rio de Janeiro. 

Abracos!

CIEE Staff

Staff CIEE Rio Camila Matt Adams Zack

 

 

08/23/2013

Summer / Fall 2013, Issue I

NewsletterBannerRioArrival DayFirst Anniversary of CIEE in Rio de Janeiro

It's been a truly amazing first year. What better way to celebrate than to receive 36 new students from 29 different universities. 15 of those students came to do the Intensive Language and Culture Program during the month of July and the other 21 will be studying in Rio de Janeiro until December. From the day the first students arrived on July 2nd, 2012, CIEE staff in Rio has been working to establish the new study center with the mission of creating a learning environment that allows students to create their own stories while providing students with personal service and knowledge to enable them to have the most rewarding experience imaginable. We have accomplished what we set out to do and it's only the beginning. Having said that, the city does alot of speaking for itself. The natural beauty and fascinating cultural landscape makes the city of Rio de Janeiro a dynamic location to work with. 

 

Students w Cristo

Adjusting to a new country can be overwhelming and the first part of our CIEE program is all about orientating our students with a new culture, language and city. On the third day we took a tour with our students through the Tijuca National Forest, the world's largest urban forest, and Corcovado Mountain crowned with the Christ the Redeemer statue that offers the perfect 360 degree view or Rio de Janeiro to help put things in perspective. 

View from Cristo

Intensive Language Course Upon Arrival Opens Doors of Opportunity

CIEE believes that the language component of any program is critical to opening doors of opportunity. Students may have taken several semesters of Portuguese in their home universities but that cannot compare to being immersed in Brazilian Portuguese. Our host university, Pontificia Catolica Universidade do Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the best private universities in Brazil. Together with Portuguese speaking homestays and a language commitment our students take a one month intensive Portuguese course before beginning the semester. Intensive might even be an understatement, the one month course entails 90 classroom hours complimented by CIEE’s cultural activity and guest lecture series. At the end, the students feel better prepared for the courses and a lot more efficient in navigating the city and communicating with the community. 

 

Percussion Lesson in the Santa Marta Favela

Percsussion Lesson

Santa Marta, photo below, is one of the almost 600 poor hill-side neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. It is located on a very steep slope in the neighborhood of Botafogo and has a population of around 8000 residents. In 2008 the neighborhood was the first favela to undergo a new peacekeeping process of urbanization carried out by the city and state governments of Rio de Janeiro. CIEE students participated in a percussion lesson taught by the instructors and students of Atitude Social. Atitude Social is an NGO that transforms youth in the neighborhood through music, art and education. The drum lesson was held at the Michael Jackson Square, where Michael filmed the the 1996 video for "They Don't Really Care About Us". It was a learning community engagement activity and a blast had by all.  

Santa MartaThe City of Samba

Rio is known as the "City of Samba," and there is no better way to learn how to samba than to take our special class with the "passistas", professional dancers from the most popular samba school in Rio called Mangueira at the CIEE study center.
Samba Lesson
Samba schools are not necessarily schools. They are everything that makes carnaval special in Rio de Janeiro. what is a samba school?   They open their doors in July to prepare for the carnaval season. The students practiced their skills spending a late night at the popular "Escola de Samba" called Salgueiro, photo below. 
Salgueiro

The Maracana Stadium Opens after 3 years 

In preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil the most famous stadium in the world, the Maracana, went through a major makeover. It officially opened in June for the Confederations Cup, in which Brazil trounced Spain in the final. CIEE took students to the first Brazilian match in the newly renovated stadium. A classic intercity rivalry between Fluminense and Vasco. Vasco won 3-1 and fortunately we sat on the Vasco side to witness the sheer energy that is "futbol" in Brazil.Maracana


It's been 45 days since the students arrived. The Portuguese is flowing and our semester students feeling comfortable in their new city. Now it's time to dive in even further. Stay tuned for the next newsletter to find out how the semester registration and classes are coming along, about community engagement opportunities, special guest lectures and about more unique adventures and CIEE cultural activities in Rio de Janeiro.      

Our Staff: left to right, Camila, Matt, Adams, Zack

Staff CIEE Rio Camila Matt Adams Zack

 

 

 

08/20/2013

Summer / Fall 2013, Issue I

NewsletterBannerRioArrival DayFirst Anniversary of CIEE in Rio de Janeiro

It's been a truly amazing first year. What better way to celebrate than to receive 36 new students from 29 different universities. 15 of those students came to do the Intensive Language and Culture Program during the month of July and the other 21 will be studying in Rio de Janeiro until December. From the day the first students arrived on July 2nd, 2012, CIEE staff in Rio has been working to establish the new study center with the mission of creating a learning environment that allows students to create their own stories while providing students with personal service and knowledge to enable them to have the most rewarding experience imaginable. We have accomplished what we set out to do and it's only the beginning. Having said that, the city does alot of speaking for itself. The natural beauty and fascinating cultural landscape makes the city of Rio de Janeiro a dynamic location to work with. 

 

Students w Cristo

Adjusting to a new country can be overwhelming and the first part of our CIEE program is all about orientating our students with a new culture, language and city. On the third day we took a tour with our students through the Tijuca National Forest, the world's largest urban forest, and Corcovado Mountain crowned with the Christ the Redeemer statue that offers the perfect 360 degree view or Rio de Janeiro to help put things in perspective. 

View from Cristo

Intensive Language Course Upon Arrival Opens Doors of Opportunity

CIEE believes that the language component of any program is critical to opening doors of opportunity. Students may have taken several semesters of Portuguese in their home universities but that cannot compare to being immersed in Brazilian Portuguese. Our host university, Pontificia Catolica Universidade do Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the best private universities in Brazil. Together with Portuguese speaking homestays and a language commitment our students take a one month intensive Portuguese course before beginning the semester. Intensive might even be an understatement, the one month course entails 90 classroom hours complimented by CIEE’s cultural activity and guest lecture series. At the end, the students feel better prepared for the courses and a lot more efficient in navigating the city and communicating with the community. 

 

Percussion Lesson in the Santa Marta Favela

Percsussion Lesson

Santa Marta, photo below, is one of the almost 600 poor hill-side neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. It is located on a very steep slope in the neighborhood of Botafogo and has a population of around 8000 residents. In 2008 the neighborhood was the first favela to undergo a new peacekeeping process of urbanization carried out by the city and state governments of Rio de Janeiro. CIEE students participated in a percussion lesson taught by the instructors and students of Atitude Social. Atitude Social is an NGO that transforms youth in the neighborhood through music, art and education. The drum lesson was held at the Michael Jackson Square, where Michael filmed the the 1996 video for "They Don't Really Care About Us". It was a learning community engagement activity and a blast had by all.  

Santa MartaThe City of Samba

Rio is known as the "City of Samba," and there is no better way to learn how to samba than to take our special class with the "passistas", professional dancers from the most popular samba school in Rio called Mangueira at the CIEE study center.
Samba Lesson
Samba schools are not necessarily schools. They are everything that makes carnaval special in Rio de Janeiro. what is a samba school?   They open their doors in July to prepare for the carnaval season. The students practiced their skills spending a late night at the popular "Escola de Samba" called Salgueiro, photo below. 
Salgueiro

The Maracana Stadium Opens after 3 years 

In preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil the most famous stadium in the world, the Maracana, went through a major makeover. It officially opened in June for the Confederations Cup, in which Brazil trounced Spain in the final. CIEE took students to the first Brazilian match in the newly renovated stadium. A classic intercity rivalry between Fluminense and Vasco. Vasco won 3-1 and fortunately we sat on the Vasco side to witness the sheer energy that is "futbol" in Brazil.Maracana


It's been 45 days since the students arrived. The Portuguese is flowing and our semester students feeling comfortable in their new city. Now it's time to dive in even further. Stay tuned for the next newsletter to find out how the semester registration and classes are coming along, about community engagement opportunities, special guest lectures and about more unique adventures and CIEE cultural activities in Rio de Janeiro.      

Our Staff: left to right, Camila, Matt, Adams, Zack

Staff CIEE Rio Camila Matt Adams Zack

 

 

 

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