As I write this blog post, Luiz is soaring over Latin America heading toward Florida. He arrives in Portland at 10:05 pm. I have taken down Mr. Obama from our porch and have replaced him with a Brasilian World Cup t-shirt. Now, the beds are made, the refrigerator is full, the house is clean (kind of... well, not really), and many friends, classmates, soccer friends, and second family wait for their new friend-brother-son to arrive.
Here's to Luiz's family & friends back home in Brasil. We will care for him as you have through the years.
Translation: Enquanto eu escrevo este blog, Luiz está subindo a América Latina posição em direção à Flórida. Ele chega em Portland at 10:05 pm. Eu tenho feito exame para baixo de Obama de nossa varanda e substituiu-o com uma brasileira da Copa do Mundo t-shirt. Agora, as camas são feitas, a geladeira está cheia, a casa está limpa (tipo de ... bem, não realmente), e muitos amigos, colegas, amigos do futebol, segunda família esperam o seu novo amigo-irmão, filho-de chegar.
Aqui é a família de Luiz e amigos de volta para casa no Brasil. Nós vamos cuidar dele como você tem ao longo dos anos.
International exchange student Luiz Gustavo Ristow is a 16-year-old from Joinville, Brazil (click on photo above for further information), who loves soccer and math. Joinville has 600,000 citizens, so Luiz will find the town of Rumford (7,000) a unique experience. Why America? "I want to go to America to learn to speak English fluently, for life experiences, to grow as a person, and to learn another culture." Luiz says he's interested in international business or teaching P.E. though he knows he has time for making that decision. Luiz looks forward to being a brother to Yago and racing Rich through the mountain paths to see just how old his host dad is!
International exchange student Yago Ceballos of El Puerto Des Santa Maria, Spain (click on photo), will turn 15 years old in September. He's an avid sailor, plays soccer, and plans to become a Spanish Naval officer like his dad. Why America? "I want to go to America because I want to know different people like you, Rich, who will help me to open my mind. I think I will improve as a person living with you and Luiz." Naturally, Yago wants to improve his English, make many American friends, and to create a lifelong friendship with his Brazilian brother, Luiz, and his American host dad, Rich.
Their host, Rich Kent of Rumford, Maine...
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... his day job.
Rich is a professor at the University of Maine, director of the Maine Writing Project, an author, and a ski & soccer coach. Click on photo.