Nicholas Chieng

Nick is passionate about human rights and exploring new cultures. As vice president of his school's Hunger Awareness Leaders of Tomorrow (HALT) club, Nick has been involved in raising awareness about local and world poverty, After his experiences volunteering in Malaysia, he has developed into a strong advocate for social justice and human rights and hopes to improve access to education. Nick's goals for his year in Brazil are to make life long friends and learn more about himself in the context of a global classroom. His favorite quote is, "I will put in 100% of my energy and effort for that 1% of possibility" proclaimed by his friend Chuhan.


On Living in Another Language

————-Originally written on December 26th, 2014———— Nossais a multipurpose exclamation that denotes surprise, shock or exasperation. It roughly translates to wow”.

16 July, 2015

Habits of a HÌ_spede

Originally written on January 30th I’m inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York blog and the many other “Humans of” blogs that follow, but one person that also inspires me is my new friend Isaac, a fellow Fellow in Brazil. During in-country orientation, I alwaysremembered how some of the other Fellows and I would…

16 July, 2015

On Becoming Whole

Back in the USA, weekly excursions to Boston‰Ûªs Chinatown have always been a big part of my life. As a child, I‰Ûªd always go to Chinatown with my parents and younger brother to get our haircuts, shop for groceries, and eat dim sum, Chinese brunch consisting of shu mai, pork buns, sticky rice, and my…

26 March, 2015

Everyday Life: Eu no sou Japons

You eventually start to think that you’re adapting well, picking up the language more and more, and smelling the Brazilian coffee every morning, but one instance of insecurity and self-doubt can bring all your progress down. Let’s start with defining the term micro-aggression (subtle prejudices): commonplace, dailysocial exchanges in which someone from a dominantculture says…

20 February, 2015

Abra̤os e Beijos: From Snow to Sand

Despite using Rosetta Stone for Portuguese and reading various travel blogs about Brazil, nothing hadprepared me for living in Brazil for seven months with a Brazilian host family. Sure, at Pre-Departure Training, speakers came to tell us about the culture shock we would face, how to possibly deal with it, physical and mental well-being, and…

18 February, 2015

Saudade: Untranslatable Yet Universal

Originally written on October 28th, 2014 Dear Mom, Dad, and Chris, I’ve never been to so many beaches before, and don’t worry; I remember to put on sunscreen every time I go. I’ve already been to more beaches in the span of two months than my entire eighteen years of life. I wish you could…

24 November, 2014

On Embracing Change

For me, change is intrinsic to fear. It is human nature to fear what we can’t necessarily control. It’s how we’ve been raised. I think we can all agree that being comfortable is good, right? We like familiarity. We like routine. We like relatability. It’s new things like the future, an ominous gassy sphere of…

24 November, 2014

Travel, Grow, and Keep Running

You might have clicked the link in your email update wanting to read about my latest adventure in Brazil from trying new foods to talking to random strangers on the bus. That will come in a later blog post. For now, here’s what’s been going on internally: Today, our team leaders had all the Fellows…

17 September, 2014

Five Thousand Mile Bridge

Hello! My name is Nick Chieng; I am 18 years old and a graduate of Franklin High School’s class of 2014. “Half of the time I couldn’t understand what he was saying because he spoke with a thick accent, but immersed in the moment of it all, that didn’t even matter. There I was walking the…

30 July, 2014

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