Photo Credit:Bruce Coston, taken
through the Amazon. - "The Marriage of the Waters."
The Office of Global
Programs at Rose-Hulman comes from the thinking, "if
you can imagine it, we can facilitate it." We are committed to
seeing that every Rose-Hulman student who wants a global experience
It helps to have a dream and take initiative.
Bruce Coston took initiative. Having traveled
to other countries and taught English in China, Coston was already
a global learner when he met the Brazilian students from
Brazil's ambitious Science without Borders program here at
Rose-Hulman. He helped the Brazilians enjoy their life and
study experience at Rose-Hulman, and helped them make Terre
Haute their second home. Through a combination of iniative, good
friendships and discussions with the office of Global Programs, the
ME major solidified plans for his trip to Brazil, where he spent
the whole summer, 2012.
Here's what Bruce wrote from the Amazon:
Bruce Coston from the Amazon
Bruce Coston and his Brazilian friends!
"Bruce Coston here. I just wanted to send you a quick
email and say hello. All is well here with the Sprowls and
I. We are in the Amazons now. We got to go to the
Amazon river yesterday and see the Marriage of the Waters. I
attached a photo of the river and one of some Brazilians that we
stayed with for a few days in another city a while back. We
are couchsurfing in Manaus, using couchsurfing.org, for a place to
stay for free while we´re here.
It´s been awesome getting to know the city we´re staying in and
the people that are there. It´s strange how many
characteristics of Brazil match those of China. They are
similar in a lot of ways. Once again, I am reminded of how
many privileges, freedoms, and blessings I have been given in the
states. The people here are all too often forced to make do
with what they have, while in the states we often have a surplus of
supplies to meet our needs. It´s very intriguing to see
things from a different perspective."