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Leonardo Salvatore

Leo is very passionate about music and social justice. He has worked in his school's musical productions as a guitarist for the past 3 years and composed a many instrumental songs with spoken parts at the end which promote unity, peace, and love. His goals for the year are to learn a new language, to meet and build strong relationships with people from all around the world, to broaden his musical influences, to get to know himself better, and to welcome and absorb Earth's unfiltered beauty. Among his favorite quotes is one by Nelson Mandela: "Our human compassion binds us the one to the other--not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future."


Capstone Reflection

June 5, 2018

I had been trying to set up a Skype session with one of my high school teachers while I was in Brazil but it never worked out. Friday was the best day for him, and it was the worst for me. Besides the jetlag, I had language class every Friday; and when I didn't have...

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March 3, 2018

  Pessoas tem que roubar por um pedaço de pão Ou servir mula e sustentar o Estado Ter que todo dia trabalhar, ser explorado Não aguento mais ver isso pois me deixa revoltado Das migalhas do patrão poucos sobreviveram Se logo não acabarmos com esta enganação Where we live it’s not easy People have to...

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Deep wounds

January 14, 2018

"Oi, are you home? I'm about to get there." "Go ahead, I'm waiting for you to open the garage. Be quick." "5 minutes and I'll be there." The car turned for the last time and, as soon as she saw it, she rapidly unlocked the gate and opened it. "Let's go!", she said waving at...

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November 29, 2017

Soccer. It’s a big thing in Brazil. Everyone belongs to a team. Whether it be in Serie A or Serie B, from where they were born or where they grew up, everyone likes a team. Corinthians, Santos, Palmeiras, Flamengo, Cruzeiro: these are probably the most famous soccer teams, but the list keeps going, and it’s not...

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Moving… Again

November 7, 2017

7 30am. A man I had never seen before opened my door and, having realized it wasn't the bathroom, politely apologized for the intrusion. I was far from awake, still lost in my dreams, probably breaking a string during my solo with Led Zeppelin or drumming for Pink Floyd in one of their majestic gigs....

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Dia das Crianças & Nossa Senhora Aparecida

October 12, 2017

Dia das Crianças—the equivalent of International/Universal Children’s Day—is one of the most important holidays in Brazil. Today schools are closed and fireworks fill the sky with vivid colors. Children receive presents from their families and friends, eat lots of cake and other candies, and have fun during a day that is meant to celebrate the...

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Bem-vindo ao Brasil

September 12, 2017

Two weeks have gone by since I embarked on this adventure and it feels like forever. The first week was all about getting to know the incredible people who have created this path for students around the world and mentally preparing to overcome the inevitable challenges we will have to face during our bridge year....

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Keeping An Open Mind

August 5, 2017

I remember the day I decided to move to the United States very well. I was only 15 and my life changed completely. I chose to change it completely. I was not as mature as I am now and yet, for some reason, I decided to move to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean,...

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