FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU sophomore goalkeeper Derek Miller will travel to Brazil for one month this summer to study in the world’s largest wetland. Miller, an honors student with a 4.0 GPA, will travel with two other FGCU students to study the history and culture of the Pantanal region of Brazil. All expenses will be paid for by FGCU, and the students will have the opportunity, in addition to working on their studies, to go on safari, hike, go piranha fishing, go horseback riding, take boat tours and go caiman spotting.
“We will be thrown into a completely different world from our own and be asked to adapt and grow, not only in our occupational majors but in our cultural ideologies too,” says Miller. “Without a shadow of doubt this will be one of the hardest experiences of my life, but I’m sure it will also be one of the most rewarding.”
Miller has also expressed his excitement over being immersed in the world of soccer’s “Joga Bonito,” or “play beautiful.” The men’s soccer staff hopes he brings a little bit of that Brazilian flair back with him for the fall season … but not too much, considering he is a goalkeeper.