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  2. Partners is the largest private voluntary organization in the Western Hemisphere engaged in international cooperation and training.

  3. Founded in 1964 as thepeople-to-peoplecomponent of the Alliance for Progress, Partners of the Americas has conducted and facilitatedcommunity based trainingand technical assistancefor 40 years.

  4. U.S. states are paired with areas of Latin America and the Caribbean in 60 Partnerships.

  5. Each partnership consists of two chapters: one in the north and one in the south.Chapters are organized as private, nonprofit institutions in their own respective communities.Individual chapters decide what projects they will carry out. Indiana USA Rio Grande do Sul Brazil

  6. Some areas in which we work: • Agriculture & the Environment • Citizen Participation • Education & Culture • Emergency Preparedness • Public Outreach • Sports • Women & Families • Youth Development

  7. To learn more about Partners of the Americas International, visit To learn more about Partners of the Americas Indiana, visit To learn more about Partners of the Americas Rio Grande do Sul, visit

  8. Rio Grande do Sul Indiana´s Sister State

  9. Rio Grande do Sul is located in Brazil, the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world.

  10. Geography Area: 3,300,170.9 sq miles Population: 184,000,000 Capital: Brasilia ( pop. 2,051,146) Largest city: Sao Paulo (pop. 13,000,000) Climate: mostly tropical, but temperate in the south. Terrain: mostly flat to rolling lowlands in north; some plains, hills, mountains, and narrow coastal belt. Natural Hazards: recurring droughts in northeast; floods and occasional frost in south. Brazil anthem

  11. FlagGreen with a large yellow diamond in the center bearing a blue celestial globe with 27 white five-pointed stars (one for each state and the Federal District) arranged in the same pattern as the night sky over Brazil on the day of independence; the globe has a white equatorial band with the motto ORDEM E PROGRESSO (Order and Progress) .

  12. Government Conventional long form: Federative Republic of Brazil Conventional short form: Brazil Government type: federative republic Branches of government Executive – Chief of State: President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva Legislative – bicameral National Congress: Federal Senate and Chamber of Deputies Judicial – Supreme Federal Tribunal, Higher Tribunal of Justice, Regional Tribunals Suffrage: voluntary between 16 and 18 years of age and over 70. Compulsory between 18 and 70. Independence: September 7 1822, from Portugal Constitution: October 5 1988 Administrative Divisions: 26 states and 1 federal district.

  13. Religions 74% - Catholic 16% - Protestant 06% - African-Brazilian beliefs 02% - Spiritism 02% - Eastern beliefs Syncretism is a very important aspect of the Brazilian culture. Syncretism is the reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.

  14. Languages: Primary first language: Portuguese Portuguese is a romance language, derived from vulgar Latin, that presents varied degrees of similarity to other romance languages: very close to Spanish, close to Italian, somewhat close to French, and not very close to Rumenian. Other first languages: German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Japanese, and Native-Brazilian languages. These languages remain even today as the first language in small communities in the countryside, originally quite isolated and independent. Languages assimilated into Portuguese: Native and African Languages The languages of the Native-Brazilians and the Africans brought as slaves disappeared as their cultures were assimilated into the new emerging national culture. What has remained as their contribution is the vocabulary, especially words naming plants, animals, food and folclore.

  15. Language Samples Compare Portuguese to Spanish, its closest language, and English, in a poem by Elly Sherman (original in English). From Portuguese CIRCULO PLENO Eu sou feita de Fogo do sol Poeira de dinossauro Luz de estrela Chamas de Vulcao Vidas desconhecidas Rabos de cometa E todo o futuro Bestas e coisas Podem tambem ser eu. Spanish CIRCULO COMPLETO Estoy hecha de Fuego del sol Polvo de dinosaurio Luz de las estrellas Lhamas de volcan Vidas desconocidas Colas de cometas Y estare tambien Em las bestias y cosas Del futuro. English FULL CIRCLE I am made of Sun fire Dinosaur dust Star light Volcano flames Unknown lives Comet tails And all the future Beasts and things Shall also be me.

  16. Food and Drinks The most famous Brazilian food and drinks among foreigners are: Caipirinha: an alcoholic beverage made with cachaca (sugar cane spirit), lemon, and sugar. Brigadeiro: this dessert is made with sweet condensed milk and chocolate, covered with flocks of chocolate. Feijoada: black beans with different kinds of meat, served with cassava flour, kale, and orange. Quindim: a dessert made with coconut, egg yolks and sugar.

  17. Brazil is divided into five regions with very distinct geography and culture: North Northeast Midwest Southeast South

  18. North

  19. The Amazon Forest is a tropical rain forest that covers most North Region and a large part of the national territory.

  20. Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas is famous for ecological tourism, the rubber cycle architecture, and high-tech industries.

  21. Northeast

  22. The Northeast is a land of contrasts: the beautiful coast with its beaches and the dry countryside; the historical city of Olinda and the modern city of Recife (respectively the former and current state capital of Pernambuco).

  23. The Northeast is the home of the only genuinely Brazilian sport: Capoeira. The African slaves brought to Brazil were not allowed to practice their fighting techniques. So, they disguised them into movements that resembled dance, with music that sounded as if they were celebrating. Today Capoeira is a fighting technique practiced as a sport or competition.

  24. Midwest

  25. The Federal District is located in the Midwest and the Federal Capital is called Brasilia. The city is famous for its modern architecture: (counterclockwise) the Federal Congress, the President´s Residence, and the Cathedral.

  26. The Pantanal is a large swampy area in the Midwest. It is a natural preservation area protected by law because it is the home and breeding environment for many species of birds.

  27. Southeast

  28. Rio de Janeiro, the former national capital, has a privileged landscape and is the home for the grandest Carnival parade in Brazil

  29. If you ever come to Brazil, you are almost certainly going to fly into Sao Paulo, one of the largest cities in the world. Don´t forget to look out the airplane window to apprehend the size of the country’s economical capital.

  30. South

  31. Clockwise: city transportation system, Iguacu falls, the wire-frame opera house, and the botanical gardens. The state of Parana is famous for the Iguacu Falls on the boarder of Paraguay and Argentina and its capital, the city of Curitiba, internationally recognized as a model of urban planning and technology.

  32. The state of Santa Catarina offers the best beaches in southern Brazil attracting tourists from Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. The state capital, Florianopolis, is a modern city on the Island of Santa Catarina connected to the continent through an old historical bridge.

  33. State of Rio Grande do Sul

  34. Rio Grande do Sul is the southernmost state in Brazil, sharing boarders with Uruguay and Argentina. The state was very disputed in its early history (1500 to 1800) belonging to the Portuguese and the Spanish alternately until its late consistent colonization by the Portuguese in 1735, Germans in 1825, and Italians in 1875. Between 1835 and 1845, the state fought and lost the Farroupilha war against the Brazilian Empire to be an independent country, the Pampas Republic. The state capital is the city of Porto Alegre.

  35. State Information Size: 108,904 square miles North/South: 621 miles West/East: 497 miles Highest point: 4,586 feet Population: 10,512,283 Urban population: 8,756,394 Rural population: 1,775,889 Climate: subtropical, temperate Average summer temperature: 82ºF Average winter temperature: 53ºF Highest summer temperature: 100ºF Lowest winter temperature: 40ºF

  36. The German Mountains This part of the mountains was colonized by German settlers and offers the best tourist infrastructure in the state. It is one of the very few places where it snows in Brazil (actually very little and quite seldom).

  37. The Italian Mountains Here the settlers were Italian. The region is famous for the hearty Italian meals, the locally produced wine, and the furniture industry.

  38. The Canyons In this part of the state there are canyons over 2,500 feet deep. A visitor can hike, climb up and down, go rafting, or simply enjoy the view.

  39. The Pampas The Pampas of South America are flat, fertile plains covered with grass. The word Pampas comes from the Guarani Indian word for level plain. The Pampas is the home of the 'Gaucho', the original Rio Grande do Sul cowboy. The humid Pampas ecosystem is one of the richest grazing areas in the world.

  40. The Missions In 1682 the Jesuits founded seven missions in Rio Grande do Sul to convert and civilize the Guarani natives. Each settlement had an impressive church and surrounding village. For political reasons, the Missions were caught between the Portuguese and Spanish fighting for the territory and eventually abandoned around 1800.

  41. The Coast Brazilians love the beach and in the summer they crowd the cities and towns on the coast. Many families own a beach house where they spend the hottest months (December, January, and February).

  42. Gaucho The word “gaucho” denotes a person or anything else from Rio Grande do Sul (as Hoosier in Indiana). “Gaucho” for a man and “gaucha” for a woman. However, when dressed up in the traditional outfit, called “pilcha” , a woman is called a “prenda”. Even today it is common to see people dressed in less elaborate versions of the outfit in the countryside, especially those involved in agriculture. Other than that, the “gauchos” dress their “pilchas” only for special parties and when participating in a folkloric dance group.

  43. Chimarrao Chimarrao is a traditional drink in Rio Grande do Sul. It is a hot bitter green tea made of the ground leaves from the tree called “erva mate”, served in a gourd and sucked through a decorated metal straw.

  44. Churrasco “Churrasco” is the most traditional and famous gaucho meal. It consists of skewering large pieces of meat (mostly beef, pork or lamb) and roasting them slowly over hot charcoal. The meat is traditionally flavored only with rock salt and served with cassava flour. The skewers are brought to the table and the person chooses a slice.

  45. Gre-Nal When visiting Rio Grande do Sul, there is one choice you are not spared to make: to be “gremista” or “colorado”. Gaúchos are divided into those who root for Gremio and those who root for Internacional. A Gre-Nal is a game when the two teams play against each other.

  46. Fauna The capibara, “capivara”, is the largest rodent in the world, reaching 120 pounds. The rhea, “ema” is common only in the pampas or the southern flatlands. The “quero-quero” is considered the state bird and lives in the fields. The name is an attempt to reproduce the sound the bird makes. It is considered a very good watch animal because it nests on the ground and defends the nest by making a lot of noise and being very aggressive.

  47. Flora “Araucaria” is a species of pine tree that grows in higher altitudes in southern Brazil. Gauchos like to eat the seed from the pine cooked in water and salt. From the ground leaves of this tree, Gauchos prepare the green tea used in the “chimarrao”. This tall grass is very common in the Pampas.

  48. Porto Alegre the state capital

  49. Porto Alegre is located on the right margin of the Guaiba Lake, whose waters come from five different rivers and flow into Patos Lake. The city has developed from an original harbor by the lake, where the first Azorian imigrants arrived. Porto Alegre means “happy harbor”.