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Brazil 15 began training on 1 September, 1964 at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona with approximately 75 hopefuls and ended November 24, 1964 with approximately 48 going to Brazil.

The group met at the Pan Am terminal at JFK on 6 December 1964 (light snow and cold) and arrived on 7 December 1964 at Rio de Janeiro (very hot and muggy).

We all stayed at the Hotel Florida on Rua Ferreira Viana in Flamengo and for the next several days received in-country orientation at the U.S. Embassy (now the U.S. Consulate). Although we had trained for a Health Program in Mato Grosso, some of the Volunteers in our group went to Bahia and Brasilia.

Most of the Volunteers flew to the State capitals and from their went out to their training sites. However, 10? PCVs volunteered to drive Willys Rural Jeeps from Rio to Mato Grosso which were to be used by the Ag Volunteers who were already on station.