FAQs

For Brazilian Students


1) Selection Process

2) What is the length of stay in the US?

3) Orientation

4) Language Barriers

5) Cultural Differences

6) Parental Support

7) Logistics

8) Home Stay

9) US Travel

10) Chaperones

11) Pocket Money

12) Violence


13) Number in Group


14) Male/Female Ratios


15) Projects to Return to


16) What skills will these young people acquire at Camp Hazen?

17) Is there a support system for them back in Rio?
18) What, specifically, will be different about their lives?


1. Selection Process

The BRAYCE programs actually span about nine months and consists of six distinct phases.

BRAYCE works with the established partner organizations in Brazil to identify and select motivated young people who believe in themselves, have ambition and personality.  At least one of the BRAYCE members participates in the interview and orientation process with the candidates, their families and local community leaders.

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2. What is the length of stay in the US?

There are four levels in the Program:

Campers come to Camp Hazen for three weeks followed by a one week home stay with an American family, preferably with youngsters of a similar age.

Leadership Trainees (LEAs) come for four weeks, possibly followed by a one week homestay.

Assistant Counselors come for 12 weeks including an initial week of training.

Counselors come for 12 week or more as they c0me early for two weeks of training and may be invited to stay on after summer camp has concluded in order to help with closedown and planning for the coming year.

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3. Orientation
Central to any program that selects and brings youngsters from one country to another is a comprehensive orientation period for potential participants, their parents, relatives and local community leaders. Everybody involved must understand the objectives of the program, the credibility and track record of the hosting organizations, the specific responsibilities of each person, the costs incurred and provided for, the travel logistics, the details of the entire curriculum and the expected outcomes.  Finally, they need to understand what is in place to provide ongoing support once the program is complete and how the returning young camper or leader can start to contribute within their home community.  Family and local community support of the entire concept is essential.

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4. Language Barriers
Some facility in English is necessary, the level being dependent on the program the young people are attending. The program is definitely not considered a language school. We plan to work with local Rio language schools to provide some tutoring in English. It is clearly important for the participants to apply themselves and make adequate progress.

  • Campers must have a fundamental knowledge.  Young people are wonderfully adaptive to new environments and, especially in a supportive environment, will pick up sufficient basic language to communicate.
  • LEAS must have a working knowledge as they will be in classes form day 1
  • Assistant Counselors and Counselors must be fluent in English to a level acceptable to Camp Hazen as they are responsible for teaching, organizing, managing, monitoring and if necessary, disciplining young children.

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5. Cultural Differences
Acculturation prepares the participants for the different world they will be moving into at the Camper and LEA levels. The program uses individual discussion, lectures, books and video to provide participants with a basic understanding of the environment into which they will be transported. This includes the travel process, the camp environment and experience and the potential for family or home-stay sessions.

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6. Parental Support
Parents of youngsters are invited to participate in the orientation and after camp support processes. Local community leaders, close relatives and friends of the family are consulted and invited to participate in the orientation and after-camp support processes.

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7. Logistics

This consists of such aspects as travel arrangements, airline “unaccompanied minor” support service, passports, visas, security, health checks, health insurance, US travel arrangements, communications, expenses, baggage and clothing and additional stay plans.

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8. Home Stay
Home stays are usually one week in duration and are organized with American families who live in the area and have youngsters of the same age.

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9. US Travel
Additional travel within the US is not planned at present.

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10. Chaperones

Chaperones are not needed in the current program. At Camp Hazen girls are in female cabin areas and boys in male cabin areas.  On any local trips the youngsters are accompanied by Camp Hazen counselors and staff.

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11. Pocket Money

Pocket money is deposited in each camp youngster’s account and can be used to buy items at the Camp Store, such as stamps, writing materials and envelopes, healthy candy, drinks, clothing and souvenirs.

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12. Violence

Violent behavior is not tolerated in Camp and all staff are trained to ensure order is kept and any incident is handled appropriately.

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13. Number in Group
The LEA group consists normally about 20 young trainee counselors. There are 320 young campers in each session.

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14. Male/Female Ratios

Usually close to 50/50.

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15. Projects to Return to

Each young leader participating at Camp Hazen knows what responsibilities and projects they are most likely to return to.

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16. What skills will these young people acquire at Camp Hazen?

  • How to make friends with those from other countries
  • Something of the cultures of other countries
  • The importance of personal growth & relationship development
  • How to improve their facility in the English language
  • How to train others in planning and managing projects
  • How to teach life and leadership skills to others· The basics of youth work; abuse, behavior, development· Something of American Culture and values

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17. Is there a support system for them back in Rio?

They return to their homes, family and friends in Rio and also continue with their work and responsibilities with BRAYCE’s various Brazilian partners.  They are monitored on a regular basis to monitor their progress and measure how their new skills are being utilized in their communities. They are being supported to further their education and are plans are being developed for a program to provide each of them with a financial, development and career mentor.

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18. What, specifically, will be different about their lives?
This question is best answered through the quotes from the two young people after they returned to their homes in Rio de Janeiro:

I will never forget this wonderful time. This opportunity you have given me was more than a dream realized and all the words in the world are not sufficient to say how happy I am.I realize that the way I thought before is completely different from how I think now.  Now I am more responsible and doing everything.  I can make a better future for myself, which means having a good education, studying and thereby being completely independent. I will now be a good example to kids by behaving well and teaching them what I learnt.  In other words, putting into practice the skills I have learnt on the leadership course.

Suellen Ignacio Alves

I have returned with the belief that anything is possible particularly in my personal life and how I think about the world and my place in it.I have more courage to put my ideas into practice now and this has already helped me deal better with difficult situations. It taught me how to treat children and my LEAdership experience has enabled me to put into practice some of the things I learnt with great success.

Gilmar Oliveira Aragao

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