H. Lynn Beck had no clue what to do after finishing his master’s degree in Vermont, so he applied to join the Peace Corps.
Eventually, he was invited to work in Brazil, and he agreed to work in education in the state of Mato Grosso. He began counting down the days to the start of training.
While his Portuguese consisted of ninety-five percent Spanish and five percent Portuguese, he managed to communicate. Working in the geographic center of South America, he felt as if he’d been dumped into a pressure cooker as it was so hot and humid.
After thirty days in Cuiabá, he took a new position in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. Even though it meant moving five hours away with more than a half-million people, it also gave him the chance to stay.
Working at the state agricultural extension office, not much was expected of him, but he had an excuse to stay in Brazil for at least another two years, allowing him to learn the language and culture.
Join the author as he travels rural roads, meets large rats and tarantulas, and makes friends while immersing himself in a rich culture.