On July 18, 2018, 60 recipients of the English Access Microscholarship Program visited U.S. Embassy Brasília for an afternoon-long Intensive Session. Students from Taguatinga, DF participated in this event, one of many occurring during the month of July throughout Brazil – in Salvador, BA; Recife, PE; Franca, SP; Belém, PA; and Uberlândia and Belo Horizonte, MG. Intensive sessions and field trips such as these provide informal opportunities to meet Americans, learn about American culture, and practice English language skills in an informal setting.
To begin the program, Country Information Officer – Mark Pannell – welcomed the students and delivered a brief account of how studying English will open doors for study and career opportunities. Next, representatives of the Embassy’s Marines interacted with the Access students in thematic group activities focusing on team-building, community service, and civic engagement. Then, the Embassy’s Consular Fellow Kevin Creagan and Summer Intern Cayhil Grubbs fielded students’ questions spanning American culture, geography, and more. Finishing the Intensive Session, U.S. Embassy Brasília gifted all students and accompanying teachers with Portuguese-English dictionaries and Embassy tote bags.
The U.S. State Department’s English Access Microscholarship Program provides two-year English language scholarships to non-elite, 14 – 25 year old-students worldwide through afterschool classes and intensive summer learning activities. Access students develop not only language skills but also learn about American culture, participate in community projects, gain leadership and career readiness, and later can compete for and participate in future U.S. exchange and study programs. Since its inception in 2004, approximately 120,000 students in more than 85 countries have participated in the Access Program. The Access Program in Brazil currently provides scholarships to over 500 students in 12 locations. More than 2,500 Brazilian students have graduated from the programs since 2008.
If you would like to learn more about the Access Program or activities of the Regional English Language Office, please contact RELOBrazil@State.Gov.