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Stephanie Duarte-Pedrosa

Hi! My name is Stephanie. I am from a teeny tiny coal miner's town in Alberta, Canada. I just graduated from Pearson College UWC, a small school on Vancouver Island. I feel very grateful to have grown up in a place with such a strong sense of community. My background has definitely developed my love for the outdoors. I love love love to explore the mountains around my home! In recent years, I have witnessed the strain to our town caused by our economic reliance on non-renewable industry. I hope that both my region and the rest of the world will experience a transition to more sustainable industries in the near future. I want the wilderness to be preserved! I want more cold snowy winters! I am beyond excited to be participating in Global Citizen Year. I am looking forward to the experience of living with a host family and the challenge of learning Portuguese. I am especially excited to spend a whole year learning new things without the pressure that comes from a strict academic environment. (hip hip hooray for gap years!) One of my favorite quotes right now is "I wanna love like Johnny and June" from Heidi Newfield's epic pop country power ballad.

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Blog Post #5

October 2, 2018

This last week has defiantly been my most active week so far. The weather was perfect – not too hot, not too cold, so I got lots of biking in! It allowed me to explore the area with a new found sense of independence. Also, in one of my language classes, we learned a bunch...

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Blog Post #4

September 23, 2018

I have now spent two weeks in Garopaba with my host family. I have continued to eat truck-loads of papaya and can confidently say that I just about understand the public transit system. The three best Portuguese words that I learned this week: 1. roller coaster – montanha russa 2. ribs – costelas 3. wave...

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Blog #3

September 14, 2018

Oi! I’ve now been with my host family for one week. It’s been beautiful. My Portuguese vocabulary has expanded exponentially and I’m excited to share the three best words that l learned this week: 1. sinuca – pool (the game not the body of water) 2. botas de chuva – gum boots 3. mamâo –...

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Blog #2

September 4, 2018

We arrived in Brazil  on Sunday – all 36 of us safe and sound. Whoop whoop! Here are some photos: 1. This is from Thursday night – some UWC folk casually lounging around. Shout out to Piero on the guitar! <3 2. This is one of the first photos I took in Brazil. It was...

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Blog Post #1

August 23, 2018

My laundry is finished. My bag is packed. My room is almost clean. I leave in three days. Eek! I have never had a blog before and it took me a long time to figure out what exactly I wanted for this blog.   Three days ago, I bought my first DSLR, with the goal...

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