Cultural Excursion and Community Immersion

Our students had the chance to engage with Brazilian peer groups on a meaninful level as part of a visit through Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. They not only had a great time together exploring handicraft fairs, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Corcovado Mountain, and various cultural institutions and attractions, but they also took a street dance class with a dance group in Vila Isabel, spoke about cultural similarities and differences, and took workshops on samba, capoeira, and dança afro

The group's visit gained the attention of Estado de Minas, the most important newspaper in the state of Minas Gerais, which interviewed the students on their experiences in Brazil and with the Portuguese language. As Sílvia says, "Learning doesn't just happen in the university. You have to live other experiences and live the language in a real dimension." Read the full article here.