NMC students broaden cultural perspective by teaching in Brazil

TRAVERSE CITY—Seven lucky undergraduate students from Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) have been selected to take part in a unique and eye-opening study abroad experience hosted in Belo Horizonte, Brazil this summer. US-Brazil Connect, a Colorado-based organization founded in 2011, offers a paid fellowship program which transports outstanding U.S. college students and emerging professionals to Brazil in order to build lasting international relationships, incubate critical leadership skills, and foster the foundations of a globalized educational perspective.

A cohort of American students from across the United States will spend four weeks in July teaching English skills to Brazilian technical students and immersing themselves in the culture and traditions of their host country. The seven students chosen to represent NMC are Katy Bertodatto, Elizabeth Fiator, Ashley Flees, Stephen Krygier, Kaitlyn Pettinato, Anna Postoian, and Kaischa Smith.

“Building partnerships with organizations involved overseas is a unique conduit for global understanding and NMC is currently exploring additional opportunities to expand intercultural involvement for students poised to understand and contribute to the world, said Jim Bensley, NMC Director of Outreach Services. For more information regarding US-Brazil Connect, contact NMC Outreach Services at (231) 995-2527.




Jim Bensley, Director of Outreach Services
Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-2527