Meet Cara

Oi!  I’m Cara Snyder: I was born-and-bred in the Washington D.C. area (Greenbelt, Maryland), although  I’ve had the pleasure of living and traveling all over the world–Argentina, Guatemala and India, to name a few—before becoming a “nordestined” Brazilian resident.  I studied Economics and International Relations at Agnes Scott College and then worked for The Carter Center (TCC) after graduation in 2009 before becoming a Fulbright Scholar.  At TCC, my country of focus was Venezuela, which is also the country for which I was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship.  But when my visa got rejected, the State Department gave me the choice to pick where I wanted to work.  And of course, I chose O Brasil.

During my grant, I was an English Teaching Assistant at the Insituto Federal de Ciência, Tecnologia e Educação do Sertão Pernambucano, abbreviated to IF-Sertão.  At the Instituto, I taught English Language courses, gave lectures and workshops, planned and executed cultural and language events and helped found and coach my school’s Rugby teams.  Click here to see a short film about my year living and teaching in Petrolina’s “Rural Zone” Campus: A Fulbright ETA in Petrolina, Brasil.

In the year following my grant, I continued coaching and playing sports, opened IF’s first Language Center and Petrolina’s first TOEFL testing center.  Together with Chelsea, we initiated TOEFL curriculum, secured scholarships abroad for our students and put on two major events (thanks to help from the US Consulate, and several local entities).  Check out the links from the “greatest hits” post to find out more about our English Immersion Camp and the First Petrolina International English Fair.

While it would be impossible to describe (in this short space) how Brazil shaped my life and spirit, my time specifically as a University Professor did two things: it revealed a desire to teach at the University level, and it affirmed my commitment to social justice, with a gender focus.  The most meaningful experiences came from “justice-teachable moments” with my students as well as working with my Women’s Rugby team.  Having witnessed the transformative power of women’s athletics, I hope to work with gender and sports, both as an academic and an activist.

Feel free to contact me at  Um abraço, and I look forward to hearing from you!


6 thoughts on “Meet Cara

  1. Jaime says:

    hello there!

    it was very good to know you and your homepage at the last night in our GCL (IF – Sertão).

    I hope we can to build a great comunity here and arround the world and a excelent friendship (of course)

    • Cara Snyder says:

      Hi Jaime!
      Thank you for attending the GCL inauguration, for following the blog and now for your comment! I share your hopes and congratulate you on being part of the solution, as a citizen of the world 🙂
      As always, let us know if you have any blog ideas or things you’d like us to post.

  2. Uanderson Soares 4103 says:

    Love them. these girls are too much like the fun of hunting eggs.

  3. IERLA CARLA says:

    Olá, tenho interesse pela língua inglesa, já iniciei cursos de ingles, mas não concluí! Apesar de gostar da lingua, fiquei um tanto frustrada quando eu percebi que nunca conseguiria ser fluente a não ser que passasse uma temporada em um país de lingua inglesa. Isso me fez desanimar um pouco de continuar aprendendo! Em fim me envolvi com outros estudos e deixei de lado o inglês, mesmo sabendo da importancia dele.

  4. Cara + Chelsea = dupla imbatível. Quero aprender mais sobre beisebol e rugby. kkkkk

  5. Andreza Araujo says:

    I really would love pass a season in an English country and I want talk to you so much! love you !

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