Inspired by Brazil

Stephanie Dunning - Ecuador

July 6, 2011

In the 10th grade, I went to Brazil with my grandparents for a month to visit family. While I was there I fell in love with the culture and the language.  When I came home, my aunt told me that she learned Portuguese by traveling down the coast and teaching English when she had the chance.  I then had the idea to finish my first two years at the local community college and take a year to teach English in Brazil.

During my senior year, my aunt was surfing the net and found the site for Global Citizen Year. The more I read about it and the closer deadlines came, the more excited and anxious I became.

Although I am not going to be in Brazil, I am just as pleased to be going to Ecuador in September. I took French all four years of high school, but I have recently started studying Spanish as well and I am looking forward to strengthening it in the months to come.  I hope I will be able to contribute to the community in which I will be placed and give me the opportunity to share our culture with my host family and friends.

After what I know will be an exciting year with Global Citizen Year, I plan on majoring in linguistics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and eventually have a career in journalism.

Stephanie Dunning