'11 BA, Sociology
After passing over a soccer scholarship with the University of Findlay in order to attend Lourdes University, it was clearly fate that would have Jonah Koenigseker living and working in the Brazilian city set to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
In a feature article in the fall print version of AtLourdes, Jonah shared how he and wife Renata first moved to Brazil in 2003 (the couple moved back to the states for several years before returning to Brazil in 2011). Today, they reside in Cuiaba, Brazil, the host city for next year's world soccer championships.
"Professionally, I am working for several companies helping execute international product studies – however, we decided to move back to Cuiaba in part because we were hoping to capitalize on our talents and skills that we felt would be useful in the buildup to the World Cup."
"Visitors to Brazil need to understand the culture and country are more complex than meet the eye. Many people think of Brazil as just another country below Mexico, however it has a unique culture from other Latin American nations.
"The most obvious difference would be that Brazilians speak Portuguese, not Spanish. Brazilians also tend to be more community minded and believe individuals have social responsibilities to each other, even at times to the detriment of oneself.
"Mostly I would say that when traveling, and especially when living in Brazil, one should learn to change their expectations. We all have a built in context based on our own culture and experiences in which we base our assumptions and beliefs. While there are a lot of similarities between the US and Brazil, one will surely be confronted with opposing viewpoints and ways of doing things, so it is important to keep an open mind."
Read more in the print edition of AtLourdes (PDF)
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