Visit to Natural History Museum – Estacao Natureza Pantanal

For three weeks in April,  every student at CAIJ had the exciting opportunity to visit (some more than once) the local natural history museum, Estação Natureza Pantanal in downtown Corumbá.  I made the trip five times to accompany different groups of students and came away more knowledgeable and appreciative of what this region has to offer.  We learned about the Pantanal’s flora and fauna, the history of the Pantanal region, its main sources of water and how its conservation of water, plants and wildlife are integral to this region’s future. Of course the wildlife was a big hit with everyone, especially the birds which to my surprise students were able to identify and name with ease. And why not, sighting of these beautiful creatures can be a daily occurrence.   This is definitely worth a visit if you are ever in Corumbá or visiting the Pantanal.   I look forward with excitement to my trip into this wetland in the next couple of months…more to come on this blog.

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Lost in Translation

First day in Campo Grande, in the province of Mato Grosso do Sul and I hit the ground running.  As planned, I joined the Salesian community for morning prayer and mass at 7am, a bit jet-lagged and tired from having no sleep for 24hrs, but determined to get my first full immersion in Brazilian portuguese.  What a wake-up call or better yet “baptism of fire”.   Newsflash:  my knowledge of portuguese is nil, nunca, ninguem.  Thank God I recognised a few words like Deus (God), Jesus and Amen.  It was a full on experience of being lost in translation but on the brighter side is a warm, friendly and understanding community of people who have extended an incredible welcome so that I feel at home.  Let the journey begin Lord.

Salesian Community

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Bem-Vindo ao Brasil

 

 

That’s welcome in Portuguese.  Welcome everyone to my blog about being on mission with the Salesians of Don Bosco in beautiful Brazil.  Why some of you may ask?  I am simply following an ever-since-I-have-known-myself God-desire to work with children and young people, particularly in Brazil.  A teacher (professora) at CAIJ  in Corumba where I work, asked me “why Brazil?”  She hugged me when I told her that Brazil has always been on my heart.  I hope you join me for the journey.  Bom viagem.