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Sunday, July 17, 2016

GYLI Year 1 heads to LA

Today our GYLI (Global Youth Leadership Institute) Year 1 group departed for LA where they will meet with other young people from around the USA. Together they will explore the themes of identity, collaboration and leadership while learning how to sail a tall ship in the Pacific Ocean. We wish all the best to our 5 rising sophomores and to our chaperones  - can't wait to hear all about your California adventures!

Friday, July 8, 2016

GYLI Year 2 begins!

Today our GYLI (Global Youth Leadership Institute) Year 2 participants departed for New Mexico where they will spend the next 6 days with other rising 11th grade students from around the USA. While in New Mexico, they will review leadership lessons learned in GYLI Year 1 and will reflect more deeply on their own identity and leadership style. GYLI Year 2 takes place in beautiful northern New Mexico at the Lama foundation in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. It is a peaceful and spiritual place and an ideal setting to connect with others, the land and one's self. We are excited for our 3 Year 2 participants and we can't wait to hear more from them and their chaperones in the coming days!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

2016 UA Dallas in Brazil Video

Our Brazilian Delegation has been back in Dallas for a few days but their hearts are still in Brazil. Take a look at the delegation video below to see some of the highlights of their wonderful experience in Brazil:

UA Dallas & Colegio Santa Ursula, Brazil Exchange 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Last Days at Colegio Santa Ursula

Friday was the last day for our delegates at Colegio Santa Ursula. In the morning, Mr. Poellot taught "the hour of code" to middle school students. They all worked on creating either a MineCraft, Star Wars or Frozen video game. At the end of the class, he gave each student a sticker proclaiming that he /she had completed an hour of code and had started to become a computer programmer.  He then met up with Ms. Rico and the students to participate in a Portuguese lesson given by Ze Ricardo and Marcio.  The lesson was centered on idioms (expressions such as “take the bull by the horns”) and how they may or may not be the same in the USA and Brazil.  The teachers felt old when the students didn’t know some of the idiom examples, but all were successful in saying the Portuguese translations.


Following the language lesson, the Dallasites were bid a fond farewell by the primary school.  They did a fantastic job sending off our group! The fifth grade students played a lovely song on their  recorders, other students lead a prayer and also sang songs. The entire group then sang “Malo Malo” after which students had the opportunity to ask questions.  Nearly every hand went up when Rafael asked the students who would like to go to the USA to visit Ursuline Academy of Dallas someday, and he reminded them to keep studying English. 
And now, after a fun-filled last weekend together, our Dallas delegates are on the way home. What a grand experience this exchange has been - what fantastic forever friendships have been made! It was very sad for our group to leave Brazil but we are all already look forward to a new Colegio Santa Ursula delegation visiting us in Dallas in September. We love you, Brazil!!! Thank you for a wonderful life-changing experience!



Friday, June 10, 2016

Fun Times!

This past week, as our delegation has been living in Brazil, we have enjoyed many casual photos reflecting the warm and loving friendships that have been made with so many at Colegio Santa Ursula. The students and the adults have definitely bonded with their hosts. Here are a few of those happy friendship photos - how wonderful it is to be in Brazil with those we love!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Dallas Presentation in Brazil

This morning the students from Dallas gave their presentation to the high school students at Colegio Santa Ursula. The number of students who wanted to attend was large enough to require the presentation be given twice. The students talked about Texas, Dallas, Ursuline Academy as well as shared information about themselves and their families. The students from Brazil were given an opportunity to ask questions, after which gifts were given from UA to Colegio Santa Ursula, to Sr. Helenice, and to Rafael Bianchi. Members of both schools expressed an appreciation for each other and noted we all hope the privilege of working together as sister schools extends far into the future.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals Forum at Colegio Santa Ursula

This morning our students participated in a forum during which groups of students presented their research and ideas on four of the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals.  The senior students from Colegio Santa Ursula who worked on this project volunteered, and the audience consisted of the remaining seniors and the juniors. The forum included the goals of Zero Hunger, Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action and Quality Education.  The Dallas students each presented a piece of the research; three groups presented in English and one group presented in Spanish. After each presentation, audience members made comments and asked questions which often lead to lively and thought-provoking discussions. The Ursuline Dallas teachers provided information and perspectives from the USA. The entire forum was transcribed by two Colegio Santa Ursula students and once it is completely translated into Spanish, Portuguese and English it will be sent to UNESCO.
To learn more about the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals, check out:

Students, host sisters, and teachers all ate lunch together near campus to celebrate a successful forum. Following lunch the students returned to classes while the Ms. Rico and Mr. Poellot visited the GOAL English classes to interact with the students and assist in their practice of speaking English. These classes are extra classes students can take to improve their mastery of the English language, and it is from these groups of students that future delegates from Brazil to Dallas will be chosen.