American, retired and living in Natal, Brazil. President of an NGO (ONG) working with communities in the interior or Brazil (30 uears). Tourism (22 years) and Family Agriculure. Resident of Brazil since 1979. Retired Merchant Marine Captain with experience working in over 65 countries. Projetista registered IBAMA – Ministério do MeioAmbiente – as (como) Técnico Federal N° 235492 “Uso de Recursos Naturais /utilização do patrimônio natural; Turismo / complexos turísticos e delazer, inclusive parques temáticos”
Founder of the daily newsletter (YAHOO) and BLOGS Americans Living in Brazil
Owner of Ande Turismo Ltda (Tour Agency) and president of NGO/ONG Association ABTC-BRASIL (Brazilian Travel Club) - a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the exchange of information among travelers and promoting responsible travel and sustainable family agriculture in Brazil and South America.
"I wanted to work for a company that is part of a society and contributes to it. I wanted to invest, but I also wanted something to believe in.."
"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." -- Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of US.
And I remembered my dream from decades ago: to establish a mecca for the international traveler, a community where we were the "natives", where we didn't feel like foreigners, where we all could do something, where nobody would have to be afraid of the question "What do you do?", where nobody would feel as though he were incomplete or unnecessary or a burden, where we would feel whole and in control and useful and wanted, and from where WE could enrich the world.
-- When you give up your dreams, you die.
-- If you do not have a dream, your motivation for living is already
-- Dare to dream!
-- After you have visualized your dream, dedicate yourself to making your
dreams a reality.
-- Above everything else, enjoy today.
-- Tomorrow is not promised to anyone.
-- If it's not healthy and fun, don't do it.
-- It's your life, live it to the fullest.
"Going that extra mile for our customers or members isn’t an obligation - it’s just what we do."
Permaculture & Sustainable Agriculture , MANDALLAS e AGRONEGOCIOS SCHOOL (ESCOLA) PERMACULTURE - Acari, Rio Grande do Norte
Languages - English and Portuguese