Education is a strong pillar for LACA’s founder and staff. From learning a new language to learning the Latin America culture, we offer different educational programs and activities considering students, educators, and specialist professionals. So if you want to learn Spanish, or how to dance Salsa, or if you are a teacher/educator and would like to teach Latin America culture to your students, check bellow all options:

For schools

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We graciously invite schools and community groups from Western New York to participate in an educational field trip designed to broaden cultural understanding. 

CEP :: The Cultural Education Program is an educational series that consists of face-to-face presentations on Latin American culture, social justice issues, and fair trade economic practices held in our community center, local schools, universities, and community meetings. Curriculum is flexible and can be adjusted to fit the age group and educational background attending the presentation. The Cultural Education Program encourages tolerance and appreciation of the arts and learning in students, as well as introduce them to Latin American culture and fair trade practices. Discussion topics include Latin American culture and the importance of cultural understanding, social and economic justice, and respecting the rights of all people around the world.

Cultural Awareness Presentation topics:

  • Latin American Culture
  • Globalization
  • Fair Trade vs. Free Trade
  • International Economic Policy
  • Social Justice Issues
  • Human Rights

Tour of El Buen Amigo: groups will enjoy a brief tour of the store and presentations about the unique history and operations of the artist collectives from which we obtain our fair trade products and El Buen Amigo’s fair trade store. While exploring our store, art gallery, and community center, students will learn about the cultural history of the artisans who provide us with our handmade crafts and discover the unique methods used to make the beautiful products. 

Character Tower is also included in the CEP program. This unique character building activity helps to teach:

  • Teamwork
  • Balance
  • Self-reflection
  • Patience and Humility

Jewelry-Making Workshop is other activity in the CEP program. Students learn how to create beautiful jewelry with traditional beading, from bracelets to necklaces. Jewelry-making is a popular pastime as well as an important income-generator for many different kinds of people in Latin America.

Salsa dance class is also in the CEP program. Students will learn the history of Latin rhythmic dances such as merengue and salsa and participate in a live dance lesson taught by the expert instructors of dance groups. These dances are physical reflections of traditional Latin American culture and identity.

Lunch: Participants enjoy an authentic and delicious family-style lunch from Niagara Café – a local Puerto Rican food restaurant on Buffalo’s West Side.

Spanish classes

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We offer Spanish lessons for all levels taught with a native spanish teacher with years of classroom experience. Our Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced Spanish courses are comprehensively designed to develop proficiency in both written and verbal language skills. Courses description:

Basic Level (Beginner):
Six week course ~ M/W or T/Th 5:30 – 7:00pm
Nine week course ~ Saturdays 9:00 – 11:00am
Intermediate Level:
Six week course ~ M/W or T/Th 5:30 – 7:00pm
Nine week course ~ Saturdays 9:00 – 11:00am
Advanced Level:
Nine week course ~ Saturdays 11:30 – 1:30pm
Cost (all levels): $180 including materials, for 18 hours

  • Small class sizes, conversational based
  • Our instructors are native Spanish speakers
  • Classes available for children

Corporate Group Instruction: Larger group instruction for up to 20 employees. Specialized curriculum can be introduced to satisfy your needs (with emphasis in Medical, Social Services, Business or Legal professions). Our goal is to provide your team with the ability to communicate clearly with your clients, patients or customers in the language they best understand, allowing you to provide a better service.

Video conference lessons available.

Salsa classes

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Want to learn how to dance this incredible rhythm? Contact us so we can schedule a group class or an individual class.

Translations

We offer translations services related to English, Spanish and Portuguese.