Bound for Brazil.

Many FFA members would love to travel to far-off places, but few get the opportunity.

Count 18 Wauseon FFA members in Ohio among the lucky ones: They participated in “Wauseon FFA Goes Global: Brazil 2009!” on 24 different tours throughout Brazil over nine days.

The initial goal was to send at least 15 Wauseon FFA members to Brazil and keep costs at $2,500 per student. Wauseon FFA also wanted to share the experience with two other FFA chapters outside of their county, further encouraging program diversity.

Wauseon FFA eventually teamed with four other FFA chapters: Fayette, Ohio; Wabasso and Redwood Valley, Minn.; and Switzerland County, Ind. Through incentives formed by a chapter finance committee, the average student paid just under $1,400 for the trip. In total, 29 FFA members and five advisors went on the trip.

A one-day service-learning project in a Brazilian barrio was conducted with Brazilian students from Escola Superior de Agricola Luiz Quieroz and members of the Brazilian agency MUCCAPP. Tours included visiting Zebu cattle ranches, coffee processors, sustainable dairies and the Case IH sugarcane harvester plant. Indeed, Wauseon FFA members learned to see the world differently during this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

The Wauseon FFA chapter was a finalist in the 2010 National Chapter Models of Innovation awards program in the area of Student Development.

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