U.S. offers 260 slots for young Afro-Brazilian and indigenous professionals in English course

The online program is free of charge and applications will be accepted until February 13

Brasília, January 31, 2022: The United States Embassy and Consulates in Brazil, through the Regional English Language Office (RELO), and the +Unidos Group, announce the opening of 260 slots for the Access E2C program (English to Connect, Communicate, Catalyze) – an English course for Afro-Brazilians and indigenous professionals and entrepreneurs, aged between 18 and 35 years old, with knowledge of English equivalent to Basic level 2 (A2). Registration is open until February 13, visit the link: maisunidos.org/accesse2c

The course will consist of 210 hours of online classes, six hours per week, held throughout 2022, as well as extracurricular activities and mentoring with specialized professionals from the job market. Focused on business, the course is part of the initiatives of the Access program in Brazil, which has been held worldwide since 2004 and is offered by the U.S. State Department in more than 86 countries. In Brazil, the program has already benefited more than 2,650 participants since it started in 2008.

“We are excited to be able to expand the Access E2C program in 2022 by including a larger number of participants. We know that this opportunity will collaborate to enable committed and dedicated young professionals to improve their English skills and achieve their goals,” says RELO Director Maria Snarski.

“We are very happy to announce one more year of this program that adds value to the careers of these young people and, consequently, contributes to the development of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in companies,” adds Daniel Grynberg, Executive Director of the +Unidos Group.

In 2021, 160 young professionals participated in the program. According to Giselle, a student who’s taking part in a group in Brazil’s Midwest, the program has impacted her self-esteem. “A few months ago, I felt very insecure to talk to someone in English, but every day I am gaining more confidence. Also, I currently feel more secure to apply for a job and take advantage of opportunity studies that require the language as a requirement.”

About the Regional Office for English Language Instruction of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates:

The U.S. Department of State’s Regional Office for English Language Instruction (RELO) strengthens the Brazil-U.S. strategic partnership by building the capacity of teachers and students to learn American language and culture throughout Brazil. Located at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, RELO liaises with the Brazilian Ministry and State and Municipal Departments of Education, English teachers associations, public and private universities, and other partners to provide professional and educational training opportunities, as well as exchange programs and materials for English teachers and students. For more information, please visit: https://br.usembassy.gov/education-culture/english-language-programs/

About the +Unidos Group:

The +Unidos, a non-profit association, is a collaborative social investment fund conceived by the U.S. Embassy through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Group, formed by large companies operating in Brazil, has been working since 2008 to empower young Brazilians by developing initiatives focused on education and technological training, proposing a new way of thinking about the efforts in social responsibility that are currently carried out in the country. For more information, access: https://maisunidos.org/