New Zealand Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

New Zealand Ambassador receives warm welcome at Complexo do Alemao municipal school (Rio de Janeiro)

The New Zealand Ambassador, Jeffrey McAlister, visited the Municipal School Affonso Várzea in Complexo do Alemão, a lower socio-economic community in Rio de Janeiro, as a guest of the city´s Education Secretariat, on 9 July 2013.

The school was recently upgraded to a bilingual institution and had its learning experiences expanded, following the stabilisation of the security situation over the last two years. The visit´s objectives were to raise students’ interest in English language learning, as well as to provide them an opportunity to understand a different culture and career possibility.

Alongside the school principal, Eliane Saback, the students, aged from 6 to 10, interacted with the Ambassador about New Zealand, such as its main cities, traditional food and local animals. Ambassador McAlister gifted students with boxes of New Zealand books for the school’s reading room and library. The children offered a very warm welcome to the Ambassador, including with a “Welcome to Brazil” poster and New Zealand flags handmade especially for the visit.

The Ambassador commented that the visit “was an experience I will never forget.  It was wonderful to meet students with such high motivation to learn.  I hope my visit helped expand the students´ curiosity about my country and also about the English language”.

Of interest

Elections for the United Nations Security Council

Elections for the United Nations Security Council

New Zealand is a candidate for election to the UNSC for the two-year term 2015-16. Read more

United Nations Handbook 2013-14

United Nations Handbook
2013-14

The UN
Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the UN system and how it works.  Read more

Registering your overseas travel made easier

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealanders travelling or living overseas, registering your travel online now made easier. Read more

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

News about how the donations are contributing to the rebuild, ways to donate and more.

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealand General Election 2014

The New Zealand General Election will be held on Saturday 20 September 2014. Read more