Filip Carnogursky

Filip is passionate about pretty much all human sciences, sports and reading. He is involved in his local community where he organizes various social events with a local youth NGO, plays football and volunteers in summer youth camps. His goals for the year are to become fluent in Portuguese to a level that involving in the local Brazilian community will be as easy and natural as in his own. And of course, to learn and give as much as possible, during this unique time of discoveries about Brazil and the self. “You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire” ― Seneca, On the Shortness of Life


Capstone Reflection

  Just before I came to Brazil, I bought a new camera, for which I worked two weeks. This price made me extremely dedicated to using it. And bet, I did! After sorting out all my pictures and videos, there was about 4000 left of them. During my time in Brazil, I didn’t have the…

07 June, 2018

The time when I was crucified and kissed by a priest

  The diversity of Brazil is ubiquitous: myriad of sweet juicy fruits, numberless species in the fertile oceans and influences of cultures and religions from around the world. Through colonization, African religions mixed with European ones, mainly with Christianity, and formed unique religions found only here. Still, Brazil is predominantly Christian with 80 percent of…

06 April, 2018

Big city life or big city lie?

Cities are the future of our civilization; by 2050, 70 percent of us will live in cities. Their relentless expansion is unprecedented. Each year, the inconsolable growth of monstrous cities like São Paulo, greedily swallow the nearby villages, towns and communities. This was the story of boroughs such as Vila Madalena, Vila Mariana, Vila Matilde,…

21 February, 2018

Family Time

My host father has 13 siblings. Most of them live with their whole families on our afforested street bearing their family name. Addressing them as a Tio [uncle] and a Tia [aunt] does not only sound familiar but works perfectly to dwarf my incompetence of remembering their names; at least at times when they do…

06 February, 2018

Move those hips!

“Dance is the best therapy” a dance professor confidently announced on the beginning of my first samba class. It startled me. When I thought of dancing, I either thought of monotonous jumping in a club with one fist raised to the ceiling, or of strenuous counting of my steps and stressing out whether I and…

14 December, 2017

A Marvelous & Wearisome First Month in Brazil (written during the beginning of October)

Stanford. New friendships. Inspiring speeches. Learning a new language. More friends. Cultural differences. First signs of fluency in Portuguese. Making a joke in Portuguese! Cultural and language similarities. Host father. Host family. Beautiful beaches. Views. Smells. Unfamiliar food and drinks. Time to think. Downtime….From each day that I spent in Brazil, I can come up…

18 October, 2017


Before arriving in Brazil, all participants of Global Citizen Year meet at Stanford University in sunny California, to connect, get inspired by exceptional leaders and to share their worries and excitement. Since I was a small kid, I greatly adored the US. I remember as I watched High School Musical at home, together with my…

02 September, 2017

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Filip Carnogursky