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Alexi Strike

Lexi is passionate about linguistics, traveling, and human connection. During her senior year of high school, she was president of a service club and played volleyball and basketball. She enjoys hiking, working with animals, and trying new vegan food! Her goals for the year are to become fluent in Portuguese, learn to play the ukulele, form a close bond with her host family, and make Brazilian friends.


Capstone Video

June 1, 2018

I went to Brazil with lofty goals of becoming a pro youtube vlogger and constantly sharing my life, yet I quickly realized that I didn’t have enough hours in the day to do so. So, after my month and a half back home, I’ve had the time and motivation to make a video that tries to...

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1 Second Everyday

April 25, 2018

A quick, yet nostalgic video showcasing one second from (almost) everyday of my journey in Brazil.

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Uma Receita Brasileira

April 13, 2018

Surprisingly enough, cake made up a huge part of my gap year. The first thing I ate when I gave up veganism was Bolo de Cenoura. Whether or not it was the culprit of my weight gain is unknown (but likely; cake was almost always a part of cafe da tarde (afternoon coffee break), and often...

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How I Almost Turned Down My Gap Year

March 1, 2018

I was accepted into Global Citizen Year very early (the summer before my senior year of high school). Nobody in my family is an avid traveler, and I had previously only gone on short international trips, but I wasn’t phased. I was in the midst of planning another (short) international trip, and 7 months later,...

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Learning to Be Vibrant

October 4, 2017

If asked to describe my style, the words boring or plain would not come out of my mouth. I tend to stick to a few basics: blacks, whites, grays, and greens. Yet when i asked my host mom to describe it, expecting her to use chato (boring), she laughed, saying morto… Brazil is vibrant. you...

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The Places You’ll Go And The People You’ll Meet

September 2, 2017

With pre-departure training coming to a close, I felt it best to fill my first blog post with a small chunk of newly-learned information. One thing that has really stuck around with me after this week is the classification of facts about oneself. I've met so many amazing people this week and I felt that...

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