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Pernambuco Students Attend English Summer Camp in the US
Pernambucano teens Ada de Melo Oliveira and Anderson Henrique da Silva had the opportunity to join 38 youth from around the world at the Department of State’s English Access Microscholarship "Access Plus" camp from June 15-July 17. The two had the chance to learn not only about American culture but about cultures from around the world at the month-long camp, where they participated in leadership training, volunteer activities, and an international youth conference in cities throughout the United States. Ada and Anderson are Access scholarship students at Binational Center ABA in Recife.
The U.S. State Department's English Access Microscholarship Program provides two-year English language scholarships to non-elite, 14-18 year-old students worldwide through extracurricular classes. In the US, the students visited five states and had the chance to experience college "dorm life" by living in the residence halls of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Other highlights of the visit included volunteer work with the Rebuild Joplin efforts in Joplin, Missouri (helping with tornado recovery projects), and learning how to design their own volunteer projects to implement in their own communities.
Back in Brazil, Ada Oliveira and Anderson da Silva visited the U.S. consulate in Recife and spoke with Acting Consul Heidi Arola about their experience in the US. For Ada Oliveira, 19, the program is already helping her to have more opportunities in the job market. “The trip was an amazing experience for me! And English is helping me a lot. I worked at the airport and in a tourism agency because of my English,” says Ada, who is currently studying Tourism. Anderson, 19, is trying to use all the knowledge and experience he gained in the US. “My final project was about education and I’m trying to start giving English lessons in my community.”
The State Department sponsored program was organized by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.