Twin sisters from the U of A headed to Rio

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 6:50 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 29, 2016 at 11:54 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Fernanda and Paulina Bueno, twin University of Arizona students, are headed to Rio to take part in service opportunities during the Olympics.

The Buenos, along with dozens of other students across the country, will help deliver medical supplies to residents living in urban slums. They will also paint murals, plant gardens, and offer classes in English, art and computer skills.

"We're also going to take the kids to a couple of Olympic Games so that should be fun and we're excited to have that opportunity," Paulina said.

Community Collaborations International, a Florida-based group, selected the Buenos and other participants for this opportunity through the L.I.V.E Olympic Project.

The sister said they're inseparable, so it was no surprise they both applied for the program back in September.

"We found out in December. And I found out first and [Fernanda] didn't get an email so I'm like, that sucks. Because I don't want to go alone," Paulina said.

The Buenos are well aware of the health concerns in Rio. They said they're packing accordingly and will be cautious when they arrive.

They have also received their vaccinations for chicken pox, meningitis and Hepatitis A, and wellness checks done this week.

Despite concerns about health and violence in Rio, the Buenos sisters said they're eager to embark on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They said they're excited to learn about the culture and also lend a hand to the local community for the next two weeks.

"There's always going to be an excuse to not do something. We're taking a leap of faith and hoping for the best. It's just something that they are eager to accomplish and do," Fernanda said.

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