When Cesar Costa decided to relocate his family from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, he factored in both the costs and the benefits. The cost to Cesar: giving up his career as a senior marketing/sales executive and as a business professor. He decided it was worth taking a chance and eagerly started a home inspection business.
For Costa’s adolescent son, Fabio, the benefits of moving to America were not immediately apparent. “Adapting to life in the States was very challenging—I was in a new school, living in a new culture and English was not my first language,” Fabio says. “Now, I am content and I know the move was worth it.” Fabio is finishing his junior in high school and doing well.
Once Cesar had the family settled and his business was thriving, he decided it was time to do something he had not yet tried: volunteering. He used the internet to locate an interesting opportunity: volunteering as a Connections technology instructor for the Broward County Library. “I have wanted use my teaching skills as a volunteer and this role with the library made that a reality for me.”