On August 30, the United States Embassy, in partnership with more than 350 professionals and students in 16 Brazilian cities organized a range of volunteer activities to launch the first ever US Brazil Exchange Alumni (USBEA) Day, an interactive community for Brazilians who have taken part in educational and professional exchange programs sponsored by the United States Government. The event coincided with the celebration of Brazilian National Volunteer Day, which was established by Law on August 28, 1985, by the then President of the Republic, José Sarney. National Volunteer Day recognizes and highlights the work done by people who volunteer their time, labor and talent to social causes and for the good of the community. National Volunteer Day is celebrated annually.
In Rio de Janeiro, five lead alumni from various programs organized an event that highlighted the importance of volunteerism at the State School Brigadeiro Schorcht, in Jacarepaguá, with the assistance of the US-Brazil Binational Center (IBEU), and the Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro. The school has an ongoing volunteer-related program called ‘Escola Aberta’ that holds classes on Saturday mornings. During the event, high school students watched presentations by Rio2016’s Organizing Committee, which launched their volunteer campaign for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games on August 28, NGOs Dom de Amar and Ser Alzira de Aleluia, and Dr. Renata Bressan of Rio’s Prosecutor’s office, who is also an alumnus of the State Department’s flagship International Visitor and Leadership (IVLP) program.
In Salvador, the lead alumni hosted an event in partnership with the US-Brazil Binational Center (ACBEU) in the Nordeste de Amaralina community. The focus of the event was to engage the surrounding community in cultural activities and workshops on graffiti, percussion and a special workshop on social media involving English teachers from the state of Bahia. Approximately 100 people participated in the event, that lasted the whole morning.
About the events, the U.S. Ambassador Liliana Ayalde said: “We are very proud to know that many Brazilians and Americans get involved in exchange programs, which strengthen the ties between both countries. We are honored to participate with them in USBEAlumni Day to celebrate Brazil’s National Volunteer Day.”
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