For those of you that don't know, DukeEngage is sending me to Rio de Janeiro to work for Terrazul, and environmentally-focused NGO in the south of Rio. This may seem a little odd, seeing as how I've never expressed particular interest in the environment before, but I'm looking forward to seeing what the organization is all about! Regardless, I get a two month stay in Rio paid for so there really isn't much to complain about.
The past week I went to DukeEngage academy at school following a weekend at Wrightsville Beach. It may not have been the most exciting two days of my life, but it definitely made me anxious to travel. I've already set up Orkut (the Brazilian version of Facebook) and mom bought me a useful Portuguese phrase book-uma doce de cachaça por favor!
In the coming weeks I'll be trying to keep up with Portuguese (a few posts later may even be in Português if I'm feeling ambitious), visiting friends and family in New York and Colorado, and generally preparing for what is sure to be an amazing summer.