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Connect and Futuralia

Portugal Lisbon, Portugal  |  Mar 13, 2015
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 This morning I had a meeting with the ambassador and four others to help him prepare for his talk on Asia 

Monday 9 March 2015

This morning I had a meeting with the ambassador and four others to help him prepare for his talk on Asia. We came prepared with questions that the press may throw at him after his speech.

I had to leave the meeting early because I needed to escort the videographer and his assistant into the Manor House for more video footage from select individuals for more commentary on Connect to Success.

Tuesday 10 March 2015

            Futuralia and the EducationUSA College Fair have been the primary focus of this Tuesday. OPA held our weekly meeting today of which we further discussed the organization and editing process of the Connect to Success video as well as the expectations and schedule of Futuralia this week. Today, us interns escorted the Harvard Rugby team for a lunch reception in the Manor House. I met many interesting characters. Even JFK’s grandson is currently on the team but he did not come to the embassy today due to another vacation.

Wednesday 11 March 2015

            Today was the first day that I volunteered at Futuralia. Teresa and I took the metro to the exhibit: Rua do Bojador, Parque das Nações – 1998-010 Lisbon

The Exhibition Center is located in a noble zone of Lisbon where it is possible to arrive fast and easily by car or using the vast network of public transportation available. Situated in the north bank of the river Tagus, the exhibition center is differentiated for being surrounded by green spaces, leisure areas, all sorts of interesting activities and a vast shopping area, where it is possible to enjoy pleasant moments. Once we arrived, Teresa left me at the “Destination USA” stand that American Corners and Fullbright shared. I gave out brochures and pamphlets as well as guided hundreds of students on studying abroad in the U.S. There was even a 3D printer that lured many students to our stand for demonstrations on digital design.

Thursday 12 March 2015

            Today was my second day at Futuralia. American Corners talked about scientific experiments and compounds and gave demonstrations on chemical experiments meanwhile I continued giving students information. There was an Obama cardboard cutout which was a huge attraction for the Portuguese students to take photos with their friends. I decided to explore Futuralia today, so I went to the other pavilions where there were many demonstrations and noteworthy Portuguese people such as: a prestigious female surfer signing autographs, a scuba diving tank demonstration, theater acts, modeling scouts, and other exciting educational booths.

The systems of education and forms of teaching are different here compared to the system of education I experience in the U.S. The biggest difference that I have noticed in Portugal compared to the U.S. is the level of English fluency. Here in Portugal, sticking to a language that one chooses in lower/middle/highschool is taken very seriously and it is mandatory. Thanks to Futuralia, the largest education and employment fair for young people, I was able to accuratelly see the effects of this in action by the hundreds of students I was able to speak with personally. 

Friday 13 March 2015

            Knowing that it was my final day to volunteer at Futuralia was saddening. I enjoyed the personal contact I got to have with the curious students that I did not otherwise get to have during my typical days in my embassy office. American Corners talked about scientific experiments and compounds and gave demonstrations on chemical experiments meanwhile I continued giving students information. There was an Obama cardboard cutout which was a huge attraction for the Portuguese students to take photos with their friends. Faculty of Letters college students came to make cultural presentations and demonstrations such as dance, hip hop, and rap. At around 4:30pm, my boss drove me back to the embassy to aid in escorting the arriving guests for the Futuralia and EducationUSA reception to be held in the Manor House until 8 that evening. As I escorted guests after they finished their security screenings, I finally encountered what of the embassy animals: a black cat named Tripod. The cat’s name is Tripod because it only has three legs. Our encounter was suiting considering it was, indeed, Friday the 13th. Other embassy animals include another cat whose name I do not know, as well as a female peacock named Kevin Maria. The embassy questioned the local zoo (Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa, which is a couple blocks away) about any animals missing, but the zoo said no. There are speculations that the peacock is a spy, but until that is proven, Kevin is a friendly embassy pet.

            Once escorting the guests was finished, I helped myself to an enjoyable evening spent networking and munching on h'orderves after a strenuous week’s job well done.

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