Virtual Latin America

Feeling cooped up in your home? Feeling an itch to travel? Well, you’re in luck! You’re invited to join the KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies as we travel abroad (virtually) to countries throughout Latin America. Supported by National Resource Center funds from the U.S. Department of Education, our partners and friends in countries like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico are all eager to welcome you digitally into their homes or to take you on a tour of sites of historical, cultural, and ecological significance.

Our Virtual Latin America experiences will give you the opportunity to “visit” coffee farms in Costa Rica and Guatemala, “fly” to Salvador, Bahía, Brazil to watch a live Capoeira performance, “venture” into the forest of the Amazon, and much more! In cases where we can livestream, the audience will be able to interact with the people on the ground.

However, as you can imagine, internet connectivity is hard to come by in the Amazon forest or on top of a volcano, and so for these instances our friends will play a recorded video of their site trip and then field questions from our audience. Regardless of the format, Latin America has so much to offer, and we hope that our virtual travel abroad experiences will give you a peek at what’s happening around the region.

Are you a K-12 teacher, student or KU student? We invite you to join us free-of-charge! All of our planned visits can offer asynchronous or weekend synchronous educational opportunities for your students to learn about Latin America through a variety of subjects such as, geography, social studies, ecology, and more. We'd love to work with you to incorporate the content into your classroom. Contact Deputy Director Aron Muci at aron.muci@ku.edu for more details.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y268w8rl


Schedule

All sessions are on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. CST

February 6, 2021 – Volcano Irazu Tour – Costa Rica

The Irazú Volcano is one of six active volcanos in Costa Rica, though the “activity” these days is beneath the surface. The volcano last erupted in 1994.  This tour will explore the several craters of the volcano as well as learn about some of the flora of the surroundings.  We will virtually walk inside one of the old craters and even do some yoga!

February 13, 2021 – Cloud Forest (Monteverde) tour – Costa Rica

The Cloud Forest of Monteverde, one of the prime destinations for ecotourism in Costa Rica, is home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity.  Different than a rain forest, it boasts 50% of the species of flora and fauna in all of Costa Rica. We will take a tour with an expert who will guide us through the forest and point out some of the amazing life that it hosts, and who will be available for Q&A.

February 20, 2021 – Coffee Farm Tour – Costa Rica

We will tour two active coffee plantations in Costa Rica and see how coffee, the agricultural product most closely associated with Costa Rican national identity and sense of national pride, is grown and harvested. We will have the opportunity for Q&A with coffee growers.

February 27, 2021 – San Jose City Tour – Costa Rica

San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, is a city rich in cultural life and also the seat of government. We will take a fun-filled tour with a Costa Rican guide who knows the city inside and out, pointing out highlights such as the National Museum and National Theater, the Artisan Market and the Central Market (“a little bit of everything”!), parks, statues, walkways, paintings, government buildings old & new, and more.

March 6, 2021 – A Conversation and Performance with Giba Conceição – Brazil

Explore the diverse world of percussion in Brazilian music as Giba will perform and teach about popular musical motifs. Be ready to play along in your own home!

March 13, 2021 – TBA – Ecuador

Visit an Amazonian rainforest conservatory in Ecuador.

March 20, 2021 – A Conversation and Workout with Paulo Magalhães – Brazil

Paulo is known in the capoeira world as "Contra Mestre Sem Terra." He is a capoeira instructor and scholar and will lead a virtual capoeira session for all of us.

March 27, 2021 – Salvador, Bahía graffiti Tour – Brazil

Eder Muniz, a graffiti artist living in Brazil and New York will take us on a tour one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas that has a vibrant modern street art culture.

April 3, 2021 – Coffee Farm Tour – Guatemala

Take a visit to a greenhouse with coffee plant seedlings, see the coffee orchards in the mountain side and witness berry picking, and a finally visit to a processing plant where the fruit is de-pulped and dried on huge slabs of cement.

April 10, 2021 – TBA – Guatemala

April 17, 2021 – TBA – Colombia

April 24, 2021 – TBA – Mexico

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