I am requesting a New Directions Initiative to travel to Rio de Janeiro for 3 weeks to take intensive Portuguese language and culture courses at ESL Language Institutes Abroad. The purpose of this project is to lean Portuguese in order to teach it at Hope as an elective to Spanish majors. Another objective is to become acquainted with Brazilian society, arts, and culture to add Brazil to the countries that I cover in my modern Latin American studies seminar. Moreover, I have plans to collaborate on a book on Brazilian writers, however, in order to be able to participate in this publication, I will need to acquire advanced reading language skills in Brazilian Portuguese. Lastly, I want to volunteer at an orphanage, and live with a family to learn more about the country and its people. If time allows, I will take samba -the national dance- lessons because this is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in a new culture.