In 2010 Lucia worked in Paraty for two months following a semester studying at university in Forteleza in the north of Brazil. With the assistance and encouragement of Eduardo Fares, director of Compania Dança e Arte, a non-profit dance company for disadvantaged youth, Lucia taught English to the young dancers as well as working with FlipZona (the teenage component of the Literary Festival). We recognize that she had a challenging start in Paraty, but her persistence and adaptability resulted in a very worthwhile and inspirational experience and she did a great job. The Batista family home stay proved to be a happy experience all round and we are grateful for their kindness to Lucia as well as their hospitality in hosting other BRAYCE interns and friends. Lucia graduated from Wesleyan University in 2011.
Lucia is currently teaching English in Spain, intends to work for the English Open Doors Program in Chile from July to November 2013 and then hopes to return to work in Brazil for a non-profit organization.