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Return from Two 'Brazilliant' Weeks

April 2017

Return from Two 'Brazilliant' Weeks

BATH member, Connor J, pictured here in Brazil with local primary school children. The group taught Dance and Drama to pupils during the trip.

As part of BATH”s 'Brazilliant ‘17' project, students in Years 10-13 have spent two life-changing weeks in Brazil working on a variety of Drama and Dance related projects.

On arrival, the group met with members of BANHO, the Brazilian cohort of BATH, which was founded by our Director of Learning for Citizenship, Stephen Elliott two years ago. Students reunited with those who had visited King James as part of the Brazilliant project in 2016, including exchange student, Joao who worked in our school for six months. Of course, the visit also allowed the group to make many new friends, five of whom will join our community for two weeks this July to share their life experiences, language and culture.

In both Navirai and Maringá, the group worked with children in local schools on a range of projects from teaching and performing Dance to leading sessions in communication and team working. This was a fantastic experience for our students who, despite the language barrier, proved themselves to be both skilled and inspirational teachers.

The team worked with a local dance group and youth theatre group to develop Brazilian-inspired pieces for future BATH shows. By special request, they also performed alongside BANHO for the Mayor of Navirai in a jointly-created show, which was a great honour. They went on to explain how much the project means to King James and, on hearing more about Brazilliant, the Mayor was both moved and impressed; he has now pledged his full support.

Despite the busy work schedule, there was still time to explore the diverse landscape of Brazil, from the modest local villages to the splendour of Sugarloaf Mountain. Students also took a trip to stand on the border of Paraguay.

This project offers a life-changing experience for our young people and one which fully demonstrates the value of global citizenship. Although poverty is evident for many families, community spirit, positivity and optimism is present everywhere; this is the true beauty of Brazil and the memory with the most impact.

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