Interviewing Calebe Braga from Cidade Viva
The International School Cidade Viva is located in João Pessoa, PB, in Brazil, and it’s partners with WorldEd International School. Its proposal is of full-time education, with complete immersion in an internationalized environment. This year, Cidade Viva celebrates its tenth anniversary!
We interviewed Calebe Braga, Languages Coordinator, to know a little bit more about this partnership with WorldEd.
1. When, and how, did you meet WorldEd?
Through an email. We received an email marketing, and we were looking for a partnership. I read the email, got in contact, traveled to São Paulo for work, and took the chance to visit WorldEd, to get to know its structure and how it worked. I brought it back to the school and presented it to the directors. We decided to settle the partnership, and have been working together for the past nine or ten months.
2. How did you integrate WorldEd to Cidade Viva’s own curriculum?
WorldEd came in through their High School program, as is. Our school already had such a program, so transitioning wasn’t difficult. We’re already accustomed to that way of doing things. So, when the partnership was settled, all we had to do was a transition. No issues. We had another partner that’d become a little expensive, so we transitioned to WorldEd.
Within the High School program, all classes are taught in English. The program includes only subjects that [the students] don’t already take within the Brazilian curriculum.
Our High School teachers are all hired exclusively for that program. We prioritize native teachers, but that isn’t an absolute must. The greatest part of our teachers has experience abroad.
3. In which way do you believe WorldEd’s curriculum adds value to your students?
We’ve believed in the benefits of this program since we implemented it a few years back. Students develop an open mind for understanding other countries’ cultures, master the language, and develop critical thinking. So, we had a program like this before, and the partnership continued with what we had already been working with them.
4. How was the reception to the program amongst students and families?
The families sometimes question whether [the curriculum] isn’t too heavy, if there aren’t too many activities to be made, but… with time, students grow accustomed, they get into the rhythm, they mature, and then they can follow.
There are many people who research us through the website and come to the school hoping to sign their children for the High School program.
5. Why do you believe international education is important nowadays?
Actually, the world’s globalizing, so this kind of vision is really important. It isn’t a plus anymore in today’s world, it’s a necessity. You can only grow as far as you have a structure for growth, right? And today, if you’re growing up in a city, or a state, Brasil ends up becoming small, depending on what you’re investing in. So, international education will open doors for a much more globalized world.