Christopher Iba

Chris is passionate about basketball, technology, and international relations. He is involved in reversing the effects of climate change, changing the national surveillance policy, and supporting the rights of all people. His goals for the year are to fully experience the Brazilian culture, master Portuguese, and learn to surf.



After being back in the US for about 2 months I have had time to reflect on my journey and I just wanted to share a couple of my thoughts with you. I want to start off by saying that it is honestly hard to…

01 June, 2017

A Picture in Every City I Visited in Brasil

Curitiba, PR Garopaba, SC Florianópolis, SC   Guarda do Embaú, SC São Paulo, SP Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brasília, DF Manaus, AM São Luis do Paraitinga, SP Foz do Iguaçu, PR Balneário Camboriú, SC

20 March, 2017

What does it mean to be American?

A·mer·i·can /əˈmerəkən/ adjective of, relating to, or characteristic of the United States or its inhabitants. *Meriam Webster Dictionary   It is sad to think that the US has stolen the name America from millions. America is not one country. It is actually 54 countries that…

23 February, 2017

How to Live with Cats

When I first got the profile of my permanent host family, I was surprised to see that they had 5 cats. I have never lived with cats nor have I ever been a big fan of them, but my bridge year is about adapting and…

21 November, 2016

2016 Election

As everyone knows, we have just elected a new president, Donald Jay Trump. I assume that the majority of Americans were very shocked by this outcome noting that the polls and statistics portrayed Hillary as having a substantial lead.  For me, I am happy to…

16 November, 2016


Oi e bem-vindo! (Hi and welcome!) My name is Chris Iba and welcome to my blog! To give you some background on me, I am a high school graduate who wanted to do something different with my life, something unconventional. However, this was not always…

20 October, 2016

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