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Freshman Leadership Academy - Brazil 2017

Raised toward our $90,000 Goal
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Project ended on May 31, at 02:20 PM EDT
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Freshman Leadership Academy - Brazil 2017

The Freshman Leadership Academy (FLA) was created in 2010 to expose first year students to the specific duties, responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges associated with all aspects of student leadership. In its seventh year of existence, the Freshmen Leadership Academy has quickly developed into one of the most sought after programs on campus for first year students.

The Academy consists of four components: bi-monthly workshops; case studies/group projects; mentorship from upperclassmen student leaders/alumni; and community service. FLA, in line with the University, emphasizes global leadership and international cultural exchange. One goal of the Freshman Leadership Academy is to prepare and encourage students to pursue international scholarships, fellowships, study abroad, and internship/full-time job opportunities.

A number of "Alumni" have already reached this goal, as the academy recently had one student studying abroad in Brazil (named a 2017 Truman Scholar) and one student studying abroad in Ghana. In addition, FLA has had a Luard Scholar (2012) and a Truman Scholar (2016) who studied in England, several students who are Young African American Leadership Initiative (YAALI) Fellows who spent time in Ghana and South Africa engaging in research and cultural exchange, as well as students interning and working in various countries across the globe. Since its inception, the Freshman Leadership Academy has sent more than 200 students abroad through its Global Leadership Experience initiative.

2017 Global Leadership Experience to Brazil


20 First-Year Students (7th Class of the Freshman Leadership Academy) and 2 University Chaperones 


Sao Paulo,Brazil; Brisilia, Brazil; Salvador, Brazil; and Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil


Howard University is dedicated to expanding the horizons of its students and providing opportunities to study and work in countries around the globe. Through the Freshman Leadership Academy, first-year students are given a unique opportunity to explore a country to become more aware of international business and economic policies, study language and culture, and expand their knowledge and perception on Global Leadership.


$90,000 for 20 Members

Individually, each student must raise $4,400.00. Cost includes travel, lodging, and meals.


December 2 - December 16, 2017

Day 1 - Orientation Session, Send-off Dinner

Dec 2 - Arrive at Sao Paulo, Orientation Session, Welcome Dinner

Day 3 - Visits to Natura, Lecture at the Stock Exchange, Historical Downtown Tour

Day 4 - Visits to Brazilian Company, Google Campus, Vila Madalena 

Day 5 - Visit a Multinational Company, Flight to Brasilia

Day 6 - Visit to US Embassy, Brazil National Congress, Lagoa Do Paranoa Heigh

Day 7 - Visit to Ministry of Foreign Relations, Brasilia City Tour

Day 8 - Flight to Salvador, Neighborhood Tour, Day at the Beach

Day 9 - Pelourinho City Tour, Capoeira Workshop, Ballet Folclorico

Day 10 - Visit and Workshop at Escola Olodum, Visit and Discussion at Afro Brazilian Museum, Rio Vermelho

Day 11 - Flight to Rio de Janeiro, Visit Sugar Loaf Mountain, Sao Cristovao Cultural Center

Day 12 - Visit to Christ the Redeemer, Historical City Tour

Day 13 - Visit to Cantagalo Community Prjoects, Lapa Neighborhood

Day 14 - Visit Globo television station, National History Museum, Farewell Dinner

Day 15 - Return to Howard University