Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city. Vibrant, green and full of diverse people and ideas! As a first-time visitor to Brazil, I’ve quickly seen why this nation is entering the world stage in 2014 and 2016 via the World Cup and Olympic Games. The irony of Brazil is the lack of access. As the country prepares to welcome people from all nations into its borders, Brazil must modernize to become a nation with more openness – to trade, to people and to ideas that can shape its future.
Last night, as I stood on the shore of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, I was looking at the world’s largest Christmas tree. I was there with over 100 students from across Latin America, coming to Rio to complete for the JA Americas Company of the Year. During the evening, the Executive Director, Wilma Resende Araújo Santos, shared the following message ...