Celebrating Love and Friendship: Valentine’s Day in Latin America

Valentine’s Day, a day steeped in the tradition of celebrating love and affection towards partners and friends, is observed with much enthusiasm across the globe. In Latin America, this day, known as “Día de San Valentín” or the Day of Love and Friendship, takes on a unique and vibrant character that mirrors the region’s rich…

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The Ultimate Spanish Camp Experience for Kids

As we gear up for another vibrant summer, the anticipation for this year’s Spanish camp is palpable. Reflecting on the unforgettable journey last summer, where we witnessed children transforming from timid beginners to confident Spanish speakers, it’s clear why our camp is a beacon for holistic child development. This year, we’re elevating the experience further,…

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New Year’s Eve Superstitions in Hispanic Culture

As the new year approaches, I have completely “gutted” my home to start with a clean space (So. Much. Dust). I’ve created a vision board, made my goals, and planned ahead. This is my own way of bringing in blessings for the upcoming year. But as the clock ticks toward midnight on New Year’s Eve,…

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The Biggest Fiesta at the End of the Year

Noche Vieja or New Year’s Eve in Spain is not just a countdown to enter into a new year; it’s a grand celebration filled with traditions and festivities that promise a night of joy, luck, and memorable experiences. Several customs and traditions make this day extra special with hopes of bringing good fortune in the…

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El Camino de Santiago

During Easter break of my sophomore year of high school, I was lucky enough to embark on the Camino de Santiago. I was an exchange student with AFS Intercultural Programs in Madrid, Spain. One of the most anticipated trips of the year was the Camino. I was excited and a bit unprepared for the amount…

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Insider’s Guide to Drinking Yerba Mate Like an Argentine

From the rainforests in the North to the glaciers in the South, you will find Argentineans drinking mate (MAH-tay) no matter the weather. But what exactly is it? Yerba mate is a tea-like plant with high levels of caffeine traditionally drank out of calabash gourds and sipped through a filtered straw called a bombilla. The…

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Top Things to Know about Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a vibrant and culturally rich Mexican holiday that has captured the fascination of people around the world. Contrary to its name, this celebration is not a morbid or sad occasion. Instead, it is a colorful and lively tribute to the memories of those who…

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Cultural Exchanges and Home Stays ⋆ Portland Early Learning Project

by PELP Team on 10/12/16 Have you ever considered hosting a foreign exchange student? Cultural Exchanges or Home Stays are a great way to learn about another culture and even practice a different language. According to the International Student Exchange website, young children are perfect host siblings as their interest, curiosity and acceptance of people…

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Get Your Taco Fix in Portland ⋆ Portland Early Learning Project

No matter what Portland neighborhood you find yourself in, you’re never far away from great tacos. Take some time to explore the city by visiting one of these amazing taco restaurants. And when you’re done, pick another one on the list and visit that one too. It might just be the best way to see…

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