Antonio Peluso

Driven by a love for the performing arts, Tonino, as he is known, serves as the Drum Captain for Elsie Allen High School drum line and performs in two of the school’s choirs. After participating in an exchange program in Chile, Tonino decided to take a gap year, hoping to gain perspective and change his outlook on the world while contributing to the global community.


A Shot of My Brazil


30 March, 2012

The Museum of Imaginary Objects

During my short time so far in Brazil I have been through many things that have left me with perspective. A quote that I recently heard, and am always coming to identify with more, is “From the hottest furnaces comes the finest steel”. Challenges have always been a part of everyday life and yield great…

07 March, 2012


After a while of getting settled into my new home and working with my supervisor when requested, I have found myself regularly volunteering at an organization called Bagunçaço. Bagunçaço is an after school project that is geared towards keeping at-risk youth off the streets, lowering the risk of being influenced by the negative aspects of their…

04 February, 2012

Expand the Impression

For my last blog post I wrote about the reality of poverty in Salvador and how one could get left with an impression that doesn’t reflect the reality. After later experiences, I am glad I titled the last post as “At First Glance” because soon after it was published, I would get handed my own…

06 November, 2011

At First Glance

At first glance Salvador, Brazil is a huge developed metropolis, a beautiful modern city with all of the urban qualities that you would imagine a city in the United States to have. There are towering buildings, malls, public transport, tons of people, and, of course, traffic. But under this picturesque impression that Salvador could leave…

25 September, 2011

Cultural Explosion

     Making the choice to take a gap year was a difficult decision filled with skepticism, second thoughts, and sometimes criticism from others. I wondered if I was straying too far from my path to follow my passion for music. Brazil seemed like a surreal and magical country filled with so many things I…

13 September, 2011

A Part of Something Bigger

My name is Tonino Peluso and I am an 18 year old high school graduate who has found the need to be a part of something bigger. I have grown up in Southwest Santa Rosa, California, my entire life, where there are opportunities to help and become involved with the community around every corner. Not…

05 July, 2011

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