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2014 Application Package
Application Deadline
Oct. 28, 2013
Interviews with finalists
Oct. 21-Nov. 8, 2013
Selection of Fellows
Nov. 13, 2013
US-Brazil Connect Course (HUM 225)
Mid-January through end of April 2014
Online Tutoring of Brazilian Students
April-June, 2014and July -August, 2014
Travel to Brazil
June 2014

Program Details

What do US-Brasil Fellows do?

You will...

  • Participate in a three-credit-hour course which prepares you to travel to Brazil and gain the skills needed to serve as an English tutor to Brazilian high school students in Brazil.
  • Serve as an online tutor, working four hours per week with 10-12 selected Brazilian technology students from April-June, 2014 and July-August, 2014. Fellows will receive guidance for their work as tutors and earn a stipend of $650 (paid in local currency upon arrival, along with a per diem for meals outside the school or hotel).
  • Travel to Brazil for a four-week fellowship June 2013. In Brazil, fellows will teach English four hours per day, participate in an in-depth learning experience focused on Brazil's rise and the role of sustainability, science and technology, and explore Salvador's amazing music, beaches, dance, and food. Housing and food are provided.

Why Brasil?

Brazil's economy is booming and drawing attention from around the world. The host to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is now the world's 7th largest economy and is predicted to be the 5th largest consumer market in the world by 2025. With a rich tradition of music, art, and creativity, Brazil has emerged as a global leader in sustainability, technology, and innovation.

Portuguese is the official language of Brasil.

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What are the benefits and costs for selected fellows?

  • Fellowship: Fellows will tutor Brazilian students online (March-June) and earn funding of $650 towards in-country expenses in Brazil, payable upon our arrival in Brazil.
  • Lodging and food: Our hosts, The Brazilian Confederation of Industry and the school system of SESI and SENAI, will support fellows and faculty, providing local accommodations and meals for our month in Brazil.
  • Student costs (billed as a course fee): $2,500, plus JCC tuition for 3-credit hour course. Thanks to generous support from sponsors and donors, costs to U.S. fellows are subsidized. (Full program costs are estimated at $8,000.)
  • Students receiving the Pell Grant are eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, which compensates students for all program costs.

What is the criteria for selection?

  • You are a community college student - even a part-time student--at Jackson  College. Selected fellows need only to register for the US-Brazil course (HUM 225) to be eligible.
  • You are genuinely interested in learning about Brazil and connecting with Brazilians.
  • You will make a commitment to serving as an online tutor, working four hours per week with 10-12 selected Brazilian technology students over a four-month period.
  • You respect cultural diversity, enjoy learning, and want to learn some Portuguese.
  • You are able to work cooperatively in a team and have a positive attitude.
  • You have excellent reading, writing, and speaking skills in English
  • You must be U.S. citizen. You must have a valid U.S. passport or commit to obtaining a valid U.S. passport if accepted to the program.
  • You are over 18 years of age (or will reach the age of 18 by the time of travel in June, 2014) and have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. You must submit a complete application with an essay and letter of recommendation.

The application process is designed to identify participants with high potential as authentic leaders, effective agents of change, problem-solvers, and dedicated team builders.

You do not need to know Portuguese to participate.

Visit to learn more about the program.

For more information please contact faculty advisor Mort Cohn.

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