Mary Liz interned in the challenging environment of Braz de Pina, a favela in Rio de Janeiro, for six weeks.  She “shadowed” Susan Beaty for her first two weeks which provided her with a smoother transition into the internship. Mary Liz assumed all Susan’s responsibilities and particularly enjoyed teaching English to the older boys. Both girls stayed in the same apartment which enabled them to shop, cook and socialize together as well as facilitating the development of work plans for the favela children. Mary Liz reports that her internship experience better positioned her for graduate school to study social work and counseling.

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