Friday, June 17, 2016

Capital High Junior Travels to Brazil

This past May, Megan Lamach, a student at Capital High traveled to Brazil to participate in a Youth Ambassadors Program. This program furthered her study in leadership and cultural interaction. She is the first person from Helena to engage in an international program of this sort.

While in Brazil, Megan and other students in the program volunteered at the local soup kitchen, toured coffee farms and colleges, and went on hikes to hidden waterfalls. They also took part in Portuguese classes and capoeira dance classes.

By far, the most influential part of the experience was staying with a host family. She spent time with her host sibling, met other teens, and learned about their culture and lifestyle. The students were able to explore downtown, and go out for ice cream in the evenings after a long day of learning.

Staying with a host family allowed Megan to learn more about the Brazilian culture, and strengthen her Portuguese. The bonds formed between her and the host family were irreplaceable. They shared memories they will never forget, even if they may not see each other again.

While there, the students each created a long-term project they will continue to work on in furthering their leadership skills. Megan hopes to work with elementary school children to peak their interest in learning.

Megan plans to continue her focus by participating in a business skills and leadership program in Butte later this summer. She also looks forward to meeting the Iraqi and Mexican students who will be visiting Helena in July in a similar program.

She heard about this program from her grandmother, who is involved in hosting students in similar programs in our Helena community.


A view of the rooftops in Brazil.

Megan with friends looking out over Brazil.IMG-20160510-WA0023

Megan with the many friends she made during her trip to Brazil.

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