This past November, as part of a United States team of educators and institutional leaders, researchers, students, and social and government representatives, I had the opportunity to participate in the 2nd World Congress on Global Access to Postsecondary Education in Campinas, Brazil. It was a very short trip – I was only there for five days – but it was an amazing time to network and share with other colleagues from around the world and to experience a little of Brazil.
Although I already had a passport, I had to get a visa as well, as Brazil requires all U.S. citizens to have a visa to enter and exit the country. I took a direct flight from Chicago to Sao Paulo, the capitol of Brazil - about a 10-hour flight. Once there I went through customs to enter the country and have my passport punched. I’ve traveled abroad several times, however, every time I go through customs I’m a little nervous. At the airport, I was able to meet up with other U.S. team members.