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Calla Sneller is an Ohio State alumna and an English Teaching Assistant with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, who spent two years teaching in Brazil. 

During my two years living and working in Brazil, I relished the opportunity to not only develop professionally but personally as well. I started my journey in Uberaba, Minas Gerais, where I worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) at the federal university. Uberaba is a small city in the heart of rural Brazil. While there, I took advantage of the wonderful churrasco, warm and welcoming people and the opportunity to make an impact in my community and with my students. As an Ohio State alumna and Ohio resident, I felt right at home in this setting and loved learning about the subtle cultural differences present in my new life.

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Andrew Goehring is a recent MBA graduate of Fisher College of Business, who completed a three-month internship at Visagio last summer. He recently accepted a position with Greif as a lean manufacturing specialist and internal consultant.

My parents served in the United States Air Force, and I was fortunate to live and travel all over the world as a military dependent. Since the age of seven, I have never lived in the same place for more than three years my entire life. As an American living and traveling overseas, I learned to understand and respect different cultures and perspectives. I have been able to “reframe” what many consider hardships into rewarding opportunities to learn and grow both personally and professionally. My desire to learn Portuguese and acquire language skills is a direct result of a lifetime committed to pursuing new adventures while exploring the boundaries of what is possible.

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The Brazil Gateway team participated in the Brazilian Association for International Education (FAUBAI) conference in Porto Alegre, capital Rio Grande do Sul, from April 9 - 12. FAUBAI was founded in 1988, and it aims to provide continuous improvement of the management of international exchange and cooperation through workshops, seminars and regional and national meetings. This year, its 26th annual conference was titled, “New Trends on Internationalization of Higher Education: Social Engagement and Innovation.”

The conference consisted of workshops, sessions, keynotes speeches and networking events. Universities from all over the world attend and participate in the conference to discuss important subjects, learn new trends in the field and create connections between institutions that can lead to partnerships and research opportunities.

Luke Barbara, director, and Jane K. Aparecido, academic relations and alumni community manager, presented a session on “Sustainable Cooperation about The Ohio State University Brazil Gateway - International Engagement With Brazil Through An In-country Physical Presence.” The session also included presentations from Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy), McMaster University (Canada) and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

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