‘Traveling Aggie’ to spend summer in Mozambique

Breanne Brammer

Breanne Brammer was eagerly awaiting her summer travels with a Mozambique visa, updated immunization records and a pre-packed suitcase. Brammer is a sophomore science and agricultural journalism major at the University of Missouri. She also is an international agriculture minor, which makes sense when you realize Brammer has traveled to six countries through study abroad and scholastic programs. She began her newest adventure May 13, and will be stationed in Mozambique until August 1.

“This will be my longest consecutive stay in a foreign country,” Brammer said.

While some students would be nervous about such a long stay, Brammer keeps an optimistic attitude and sees this internship as an experience and opportunity.  She has a passion for travel and drive to connect within agriculture. After her internship this summer, she will travel within the U.S. to carry out her duties as Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow National First Vice President at the Ag Media Summit in Buffalo, NY.

“I know I will miss out on a lot this summer,” Brammer said. “However, I would not trade this opportunity for the world. I know it’s going to be life altering.”

Brammer discovered this opportunity through her work with Agriculture Future of America. Her freshman year of college she was selected as an AFA scholar and has attended two of the four AFA tracks. She was also the communications and marketing intern for AFA last summer.

The internship is available only to AFA scholars. One scholar is selected in the nation and this is only the second year of the internship program. Brammer learned about the internship through the AFA website.

“I decided to apply for this position because I like a challenge,” she commented in reference to her decision to apply for this internship.

Brammer understands the value of America’s material goods and is interested to see how others live without them.

During this internship, Brammer will have to adjust to the use of solar power. Also, Mozambique law forbids pants or makeup. She will even have to sleep under mosquito netting and learn a new language.

She is allowed one 40-pound suitcase and a carry on. These items must last her a fourth of a year.

“I will be working in extreme remote Mozambique, six hours away from the nearest city, so forgetting anything is not an option,” Brammer said.

She is sponsored by ICM, an ethanol company in St. Joseph, Mo. She will work abroad with international agriculture development at Orphans Unlimited. This will give her the opportunity to work firsthand with international agriculture and aid work.

“I could not ask for a better opportunity to expand my horizons and to give me a taste for international work,” Brammer said.

Brammer has set a goal to be a Foreign Agricultural Service agent.

“I would like to thank ICM and Orphans Unlimited for providing me with what I am sure is to be the experience of a lifetime,” Brammer said.

During her internship, Brammer will be performing a number of jobs. She will help local widows and orphans become sustainable through agricultural practices. In Africa, goatherds and small gardens are popular types of agriculture. She will aid in children’s bible studies on Orphans Unlimited’s missionary base and will also assist with purchasing grains for planting season and for food supplies.

“This internship allows me to utilize my academic minors in international agriculture and agricultural economics firsthand,” Brammer said.

Brammer is looking forward to gaining a greater appreciation for America. She is excited about making a difference in the lives of others, but what she is excited most about is meeting the children.

“I just want to give them a big hug,” she said.

Even before the trip, she was keeping up to date with Orphans Unlimited through their Facebook page.

This Mizzou aggie is eager to learn about various agricultural practices in different regions of the world.

“If my travels have taught me anything it is that the ‘American way’ is not always the right way and that a smile and kind words, no matter what the language, goes a long way,” said Brammer.

Her love of hard work and desire to make a difference through her efforts makes this a great internship for her. Brammer suggests following her blog updates at traveling-aggie.blogspot.org. Courtney Leeper, fellow science and agricultural journalism student, will be corresponding with Brammer during her travels and will post updates to Brammer’s blog. Pictures will not be posted until she returns due to Internet availability.

Samantha Gibson

About the Author Samantha Gibson

My name is Samantha Gibson, I was raised in the farming community of Norborne, Mo. The rural area and guidance of my father, Todd Gibson, led me to develop a strong passion for agriculture. I greatly enjoy writing, capturing pictures, and educating the public about agriculture. My plans are to continue my education at the University of Missouri with a major in science and agricultural journalism and earn a master’s in journalism. After I complete my degrees, I hope to start a career with an established agricultural public relations firm.