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'The World is for Everyone' - A project that makes dreams come true!

Published Lynne Farrugia on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

This is a social project based on the values of social inclusion and equality

"The World is for Everyone" is a social project based on the values of social inclusion and equality that aims to provide life-changing experiences for low-income youth through participation in cultural exchange programs abroad.

The first edition of this project will see four teenagers from the communities of Rocinha and Vidigal in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) participate in a two-week program at a summer camp in Switzerland, scheduled to start on 20 July 2019.

In this program, the four teenagers will stay in typical Swiss chalets at camps run by friLingue, one of founders of this project, in partnership with True Experience Rio, a cultural exchange agency with offices throughout Brazil.

During these two weeks, the teenagers will be part of a group that includes other exchange students from around the world. In addition, they will also have 30 hours of English classes, as well as art, media, theater and other workshops. They will also participate in various cultural activities, such as excursions to museums, castles, cheese and chocolate factories and visit other nearby cities in Switzerland and Italy.

This opportunity will transform the lives of these young people and their families forever. It will be their first international experience. They will have the opportunity to learn and practice a foreign language, to meet new people, experience different cultures and make new friends. As a result, they will each grow tremendously.

Experiences like these will broaden their horizons and allow them to develop skills, important for not only finding a job, but also for life.

"The World is for Everyone" was conceived by Carolina Fróes of True Experience Exchange and Travel in Rio de Janeiro, and by Patrícia Abreu, representative in Brazil for friLingue Language Camps – a language and ski school in the Swiss Alps. From the outset, the project has also had the support of the “Instituto da Criança”, whom is responsible for the nomination and selection of participants.

For Carolina Fróes, the greatest motivator in establishing this project was the chance to make a difference in young people’s lives. Carolina’s experience as an exchange student provided a turning point in her life, and in turn she wants to give others the same opportunity. "I always dreamt about going on exchange, but I did not have the financial resources to do so. At college I learned about a paid work abroad program. It was difficult for me to raise the money needed to join the program, but in the end, I was able to go. My experiences abroad transformed my life and my career. It empowered me and elevated my self-esteem. Today, I am an entrepreneur, the Director of True Experience Rio, and I am proud to be able to help others to change their lives too. "

Patricia first went on exchange after college through joining an Au Pair program in France. "I will never forget the feeling of doing the impossible! Being able to help other young people do the same is a personally very rewarding" After her time as an Au Pair, Patricia participated in other short exchanges. Each trip provided her with new experiences, adventures and discoveries that she will carry with her always.

The project "The World is for Everyone" is aligned with the Sustainable Development Objectives of the UN's 2030 Quality Education Program (item 4). That is to: "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” The objectives also state that by 2030, they aim to “substantially increase the number of young people and adults who have relevant skills for employment and entrepreneurship.”

For the first edition of the project, we estimate a total cost of R$ 70,500 (approximately US$ 18,500). This includes airfare, passport processing, stay at the camps, courses, cultural activities, personal items (bags, clothes and shoes), insurance travel, operating and administrative expenses, plus a small stipend for each participant.

Through partnerships, sponsorship and contributions from individuals, we have secured funding for the following items:

- Full-board at the camps

- Courses and other cultural activities

- Suitcases (personal items)

- Transfer airport - camp - airport

- Operating and administrative expenses

We are still seeking funding for the following items (approximate value R$ 30,000; approximately US$ 8,000):

- Airline tickets

- Personal items (clothes and shoes)

- Travel insurance

- Passport processing

- Stipend (600 francs)

To fundraise for these items, we have set up a crowd funding campaign through the site vakinha.com.br (http://vaka.me/483980).

Companies interested in sponsoring or providing scholarships for future editions of this project should contact Carolina Fróes, via email on rio@trueexperience.com.br  or phone on +55 21 97215-5545.

Help us make dreams come true!

Carol Fróes and Patrícia Abreu.



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