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Mary Kate Mueller

Mary Kate went on an Exchange Year with AFS Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange, and was nominated to deliver a speech in German to the Berlin Parliament. She also started a local chapter of the Children Get Arthritis Too for the Arthritis Foundation, and helped raise money for the foundation. She enjoys reading and playing the violin.

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Year-End Video

April 23, 2013

Please click here to enjoy my final video of my Global Citizen Year!

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A Free (Virtual) Walking Tour of Salvador!

April 23, 2013

Let’s take a (virtual) walking tour through the ruas ativas of Salvador, Bahia!  Stay close and attentive, be sure to keep your belongings secure, and look both ways about 47 times before crossing the streets! Let’s begin our tour along the Orla, in Itapuã, where the locals go for some of the best beaches!  I’d prefer to find a...

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Carnaval do Uruguai, Salvador (Video)

February 26, 2013

I go to the lower-city Salvador neighborhood of Uruguai at least three times a week.  Lately, I’ve been meeting really interesting people to interview, and these interviews are forming a larger project I’m working on:  Women in the Workplace.  Interviews give a person’s story or history that would go otherwise unheard a chance to resurface....

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The Litter Problem of Uruguai: Community Project

February 26, 2013

Kim Asenbeck and I are developing a project to address this problem, captured in this video. BAND (a Brasilian news channel, http://www.band.uol.com.br/) went to Uruguai to bring attention to the open-sewage and litter problems. Children are playing in the sewers, getting hurt or even dying; people are bathing in and drinking the water, bringing them to...

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Video Project 1; Capão, Chapada Diamantina

November 29, 2012

Enjoy my most recent video: Glimpses into my Life in Brasil, Chapada Diamantina

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Outside vs. Inside

October 4, 2012

When I hear the words “outside” and “inside,” many situations come to mind.  Outside: a curious observer, or excluded, craving the warmth, acceptance and comfort the inside provides.  Inside: consumed, slightly overwhelmed perhaps, yet content.  In Brazil, the language and culture offer many of these moments where I find myself outside or inside.  With the language, I am surely not in...

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An Unpredictable Life

September 24, 2012

I believe life should be as unpredictable as possible.  Not unrealistically, of course, yet just enough to add a flare of adventure every chance possible.  Moments of oblivion and excitement bring out the child in us.  So far, my Global Citizen Year in Brazil has been quite unpredictable, and I am really getting to know the curious and eager...

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A Minha Sorte Grande

July 16, 2012

A minha sorte grande, Foi você cair do céu, Minha paixão verdadeira. Viver a emoção, Ganhar teu coração, Pra ser feliz a vida inteira… Thanks to a 2012 Fellow’s great taste in Brazilian music, I’ve found Ivete Sangalo, a beautifully up-beat musician. Music has a special place in my heart, and because of the violin...

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