Farewell

Sexta-feira, Março 21          (written by D’Arcy)

Today was scheduled as a Free Day with family or school.  This is the tough day where  we have say all the Goodbyes that will be said as we near the end of our trip.  We know that we must return home, but many friendships have been formed and it will be difficult to leave them.

Kristen and her class at Crescimento.

Class at Crescimento.

Tonight we had a farewell dinner with the host families at La Pizzeria, a restaurant in the Historic part of the city.  Walking through these streets on a Friday night is quite an experience in itself.  The streets are narrow and full with people.  If you want food, there are vendors selling.  If you want crafts, there are many different crafts available.  If you want live music, there are three or four bands playing.  The buildings in this section of town are 350 – 400 years old and are covered with the porcelain tiles that we learned about in our art class. It was amazing.

São Luís at night.

São Luís at night.

La Pizzeria

La Pizzeria

Kristen, Hanna, Alex and Jiimmy.

At the farewell dinner

Lori and Silvania.

Lorieann and Silvania.

After we finished eating, the students each received certificates for completion of the exchange program. Seloina Sell, from via Mundo, handed out these certificates.

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Alex and Selonia

Now it is time to complete packing, or for some of us, to start packing and begin to say goodbye to São Luís.  Tomorrow, we need to be at the airport for 11:40 am.  Our flight to São Paulo is scheduled to depart at 2:40 pm.

As far as this blog goes, we will wrap it up after the trip is complete.

Until then, farewell.

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College, Cooking, Capoeira

Quinta-feira, Março 20              (written by Lorie)

A CHANGE IN PLANS…

Today began with a change in schedule. Students were to have one last full day of classes at Cresimendo but instead visited a school similar to our NSCC campuses. Students there learn various technical trades.

Maria Clara's Dad welcoming us to Senac campus.

Maria Clara’s Dad welcoming us to Senac campus.

Being welcomed to Senac.  Many thanks to Maria Clara's Dad for inviting us to his Campus.

Being welcomed to Senac. Many thanks to Maria Clara’s Dad for inviting us to his Campus.

Julio, a coordinator at Senac campus, provided a lot of the translation for us today.

Julio, a coordinator at Senac campus, provided a lot of the translation for us today.

Students watched while one of the culinary students prepared two different salad dressings. Our students were then asked to come up in pairs to prepare a salad. Once they had finished preparing their salad they were then asked to present it to their closest friend here on the trip. They had to explain why they were giving their salad to the friend they had chosen.

On the right, is the head Chef and Instructor at this campus.  On the left, is the student who took us through the process of preparing our plates.

On the right, is the head Chef and Instructor at this campus. On the left, is the student who took us through the process of preparing our plates.

Student Chef.

Student Chef.

Attentive, or hungry, audience.

Attentive, or hungry, audience.

Giving us instructions on choosing who we make our salad for.

Giving us instructions on choosing who we make our salad for.

Alex and Baily

Alex and Baileigh.
Alex made his salad for his Brazilian mom.

Alex made his salad for his Brazilian mom.

After the salad the culinary students had prepared for us several local dishes which included beef wrapped in bacon, rice, rice mixed with a local plant (we were told of a story about an injured native who was left while his companions went off to war. He was able to survive by eating this plant.), a type of fish and a shrimp pie. Everyone enjoyed the meal a lot.

Beef wrapped with bacon.

Beef wrapped with bacon.

Fish, ready for the oven.

Fish, ready for the oven.

Food preparation.  The smells were incredible.

Food preparation. The smells were incredible.
Getting ready for the main course.

Getting ready for the main course which included fish, shrimp, beef and rice.

The chef was very passionate about the value of good food and the value of experiencing new foods from a different culture.  Here he is telling the class about a particular herb that is sometimes added to the rice.

The chef was very passionate about the value of good food and the value of experiencing new foods from a different culture. Here he is telling the class about a particular herb that is sometimes added to the rice.

Most of the students decided to attend classes that afternoon even if they weren’t normally an afternoon student simply because they realized time is running out and they will soon be on a plane home. (I’m sure most parents reading this find it hard to believe the students were asking to go to class but they were.)

In the evening we had a capoeira workshop. Capoeira is a Brazilian art form, which combines dance, music, and acrobatics with martial arts. Known as the secret dance of Brazil, capoeira is an astonishing display of acrobatics, breath-taking kicks and self-defense tactics performed to the music of the Berimbau (an ancient stringed bow-like instrument) and drums.

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While it was very hot and some students hadn’t brought a change of clothes due to the change in plans and not knowing they would be going straight from school. I think they all had a great time. While there were a few minor bumps and possible bruises they did a great job with the “fighting”. They were also taught the history of capoeira, and then about the instruments involved and how to use each.

Dance, Dance, Wherever You May Be . . .

Quarta-feira, Março 19

Today is Saint Joseph’s Day – Dia de São José.  St. Joseph is the patron saint of workers and in some Brazilian communities it is a holiday. It was explained to me that if it rains on St. Joseph’s day then it will be a good year.  Well let me tell you it rained pretty hard here today.  A good year lies ahead.

Dancing is a great way to celebrate the prediction of a good year and today we were fortunate enough to learn the basic steps to a Brazilian style of dance.  The students were keen to try and the steps were sometimes hard to follow.  But, by the end of it, our guys had the basics down.

On our way to Dance class.

On our way to Dance class.

One, two, three, four ...

One, two, three, four …

Our instructor.

Our instructor.

five, six, seven, eight, ...

five, six, seven, eight, …

Heavy rain. It's going to be a good year.

Heavy rain. It’s going to be a good year.

How it should look.

How it should look.

After.

After.

After with more expression.

After with more expression.

Maybe when we return, Alex will teach you a few moves.

Just another School Day…

Terça-feira, Março 18

Today was a fairly quiet day as there were no scheduled activities other than attending classes.  Alex and Mullen dropped into Fabiana’s classroom to read stories and sing songs.

Mullen reading a story.

Mullen reading a story.

Listening to the story.

Listening to the story.

Alex reading a story.

Alex reading a story.

Ij your happy and you know it . .

If you’re happy and you know it . . .

Other classroom shots.

Mullen and Hanna in class.

In class.

Baileigh and Emma in class.

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Alex in class.

Alex in class.

Tomorrow we will have dance lessons.

Presenting Canada to the Brazilian students

Segunda-feira, Março 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Presenting to your own class can be intimidating.  Presenting to the student body of a school other than your own can be even more intimidating.  Today, we presented to the student body from the afternoon, or second shift, classes at Escola Crescimento.

Crescimento

Crescimento

Here is Emma’s summary of today’s presentations:

Today we had school in the morning, but most people did not go.  At 9:30 we all met in the library to go over and add to the presentation we were presenting to the afternoon students. The presentation was about Canada.  It talked about population of Canada and Brazil, and population of São Luis and Nova Scotia.  We also talked about Canadian food, music, people, sports and places.
We presented it twice in the afternoon 2 o’clock.  Once to the older high school students and another time to the middle school students.  The high school students loved Jimmy.  After the presentation they went up to him and took pictures with him like he was a celebrity. It was hilarious. 
Over all I think that the presentations went well and the Brazilian students enjoyed it.  Hopefully they learned at least one thing that they did not know about Canada today. 

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As Emma noted, our students had to make two presentations, as there was not enough space in the auditorium for the whole student body. 

Our first presentation was to the 2nd and 3rd year high school students and the auditorium was full. These students are bigger and older than our kids which added to the intimidation factor.

High School students settling in for our Canada presentation.

High School students settling in for our Canada presentation.

Our audience.

Our audience.

Getting ready.

Getting ready.

Selina, from via Mundo.

Our second presentation was to grade 7 – 9 students.  This presentation was a little less intimidating as the students were smaller in number and also closer in age.

Our middle school audience.

Our middle school audience.

The Crescimento students were attentive to the presentation and cheered alot. At the end there was time for a few questions.

Georgia.

Fielding questions

After the presentations were completed, afternoon shift students returned to their schedule.

Tomorrow, the only scheduled activity is attending classes. Time for a much needed break.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park – WOW!

Domingo, Março 15 – Written by Lorieann

Today we were up very very early. Most were up 4am-ish. Just a few of the students slept in a little later then that but we were off on our adventure by 5:30am. While they were tired, the Canadian students were excited for today. This trip was something the Brazilian students have been talking about since they came to Canada.

The trip began with approximately a 4 hour drive on a bus. Few of the students slept on the way there. They were just too excited to get to Barreirinhas, the town where our trip would begin.

When the bus let us off it was a short walk down to the river where we boarded a couple boats and began our journey up the river to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. The park is located in the same state as São Luis but on the mainland. It encompasses roughly 1500 square kilometres, and despite abundant rain, supports almost no vegetation.

Group shot after getting off bus.

Group shot after getting off bus.

Boarding the boats.

Boarding the boats.

Ready to go.

Ready to go.

Catching up to the Middleton Regional High boat.

Catching up to the Middleton Regional High boat.

MRHS Boat.  Selina Sell waving to us.

MRHS Boat. Selina Sell waving to us.

Fishermen hauling in their net.

Fishermen hauling in their net.

Approaching our first stop.

Approaching our first stop.

Getting ready to beach the boat.

Getting ready to beach the boat.

Our first stop held a very pleasant surprise for the students before they even got to the dunes… Monkeys (macaco). Many of the students fed the monkeys pieces of banana.

Hello.

Hello.

Feeding the monkeys. The expressions are great.

Feeding the monkeys. The expressions are great.

Monkey eating.

Monkey eating.

Alex feeding a monkey.

Alex feeding a monkey.

Then we were off to the dunes. The plan was to stop and take a picture but some students had other ideas and went off exploring the dunes further. Everyone is very happy they did. The lagoon they found was great! After swimming for 30-45 minutes we did head back and finally had our picture taken.

Sleeping quarters.

Sleeping quarters.

On to the Dunes.

On to the Dunes.

Walking on the dunes.

Walking on the dunes.

Lots of sand.

Lots of sand.

On our way to the lagoon.

On our way to the lagoon.

Another view.

Another view.

A lagoon near by.

A lagoon near by.

Canada - Brazil Student Exchange Groups.

Canada – Brazil Student Exchange Groups.

We boarded the boat and were off for our next stop. At this spot we were going to have lunch but it wasn’t quite ready so we had about 30 minutes to explore this stop. On one side of the dune was the river we traveled on and the other was the ocean. The students had a great time playing in the ocean again today (even if there wasn’t any surfboards around).

Traveling along the river.

Traveling along the river.

At the beach.

At the beach.

Cabins at the beach.

Cabins at the beach.

Playing in the South Atlantic Ocean

Playing in the South Atlantic Ocean

Lunch.

Lunch.

A little friend came to visit.

A little friend came to visit.

After lunch and a little more time in the water we boarded the boat for one last stop. Here they went up in a lighthouse and were able to see all the places we had stopped at earlier in the day.

Our next stop, Farol de Preguiças.

Our next stop, Farol de Preguiças.

Farol de Preguiças.

Farol de Preguiças.

166 steps to the top.

166 steps to the top.

The view from the top.

The view from the top.

Our guide with the lighthouse keeper.

Our guide with the lighthouse keeper.

On the way back to the boat many stopped for a treat of some ice cream or some agua de coco.

Aqua du coco.

Aqua de coco.

After finishing the drink, the coconut is split open to eat the inside layer.

After finishing the drink, the coconut is split open to eat the inside layer.

Getting to head back to the bus.

Getting to head back to the bus.

Alex.

Alex.

Mr. McDonah

Mr. McDonah

Waving to the Fishermen.

Waving to the Fishermen.

Our ride home.

Our ride home.

On the way back most in our boat had a quick nap while some others spent the time trying to get the local fishermen to wave at them when we past by :).

By the time we boarded the bus for the trip home many had been awake for more then 12 hours and were ready for a little rest. We arrived home around 9pm and I, for one, am pretty sure I didn’t even move while I was sleeping because I was so tired.