OLAR Trip to Cabo Verde
The Organization of Luso-Americans at Rutgers is driven by creating an environment where all persons interested in the organization can express their views freely while developing an understanding and appreciation of the many cultural branches influenced by the Portuguese language. This will be achieved through talk sessions, lectures, music, food, dance, cinema, art, as well as other forms of cultural events.
As a representation of our organization’s mission, OLAR is organizing a trip to Santo Antão, Cape Verde, one of the ten islands that make up the country off the west coast of Africa. As a Portuguese former-colony, Cape Verde is a country that is part of a larger Luso community. Following its independence in 1975, Cape Verde struggled with drought, and other obstacles, therefore opportunities for development. This is why we see it as our mission to empower Cabo Verdeans by nourishing their entrepreneurial spirit on their home island of Santo Antão.
During our visit over spring break, our team of 16 or so Rutgers University students will teach in three main skill areas:
As an organization of Luso-Americans, we hope to extend our reach and impact to the African nation as a means of strengthening ties with our Luso brothers and sisters. This would be significant not only for the island and our team but our home university as we would be the first Rutgers Group to complete this mission.