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Amari Leigh

Amari is a passionate student with interests in history, theatre, languages, and promoting equality for girls and women globally. She has been a member of The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company for 8 years, most recently appearing in the national tour of Slut: The Play (a NYC Fringe Festival finalist), which addresses the impact of rape culture and the over-sexualization of girls on individuals and communities. She recently performed a piece at the United Nations for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, which was hosted by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, multiple countries, and human rights organizations. Amari discussed blending her love of theatre and social activism in her 2015 Tedx talk, "Lend Me Your Ears: Embracing the Power of Theatre for Social Change." Amari is a recipient of the Lincoln Center Theatre's Joan and Joseph F. Cullman III's Award for Extraordinary Creativity and represented her school at the English-Speaking Union's National Shakespeare Competition, placing third in the New York Branch finals. During high school, Amari was a member of the Bias & Dispute Mediation Panel, served as co-Founder/President of Feminist Future, President of the African American Cultural Society and was a proud mentor to younger students as a French tutor and Big Sib in her school's student mentorship program. Amari is super excited to spend her Global Citizen Year in Brazil becoming immersed in a new culture and community. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn Portuguese and to experience a different part of the world. Amari's favorite quote is "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept"- Dr. Angela Davis


Snapshots From Salvador, Bahia

July 13, 2017

After an exciting experience in the magical city of Rio de Janiero, we boarded the plane to another one of Brazil's most prized metropolises-Salvador, the capital city of Bahia. Below are some highlights from the five days we spent in this colorful city! Formerly the capital of Portugal’s New World colony from 1549 to 1763,...

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Snapshots From Rio De Janeiro

April 7, 2017

In mid-February, I was lucky enough to spend four days in one of Brasil's most colorful and vibrant cities-Rio de Janeiro! Like most people, I had many preconceptions about Rio before visiting. I had watched City of God (Cidade de Deus) and seen photos on the Internet of the massive, colorful favelas that fill the city. I...

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December 23, 2016

My first three weeks in Brazil were spent in one of the country's most bustling cities-Curitiba! Considered one of the world's best examples of urban planning, Curitiba boasts one of the most efficient bus transit systems in all of South America with floating tube-like buses terminals that look like they were stolen out of a...

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