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Tarabuco man and woman, Jatun Yampara Indigenous Community, Chuquisaca Department, Bolivia (Photo by: Insights/UIG via Getty Images)The Pujllay and Ayarichi performances in Bolivia are very important to the Yampara culture and its connection to nature. In the rainy season, the Pujllay ritual celebrates abundance and fertility of Mother Nature. An altar is built in the yards of the houses and is covered with leaves, fruits, and food. On the other hand, … Continuar leyendo
cristian-newman-303664El mariachi es una música popular y muy importante en la cultura mexicana. Los mariachis tradicionales son dos o más músicos vestidos con trajes tradicionales. Interpretan canciones con instrumentos de cuerda. Sus letras pueden ser en español o en las distintas lenguas indígenas del país, y fomentan el respeto a la naturaleza y el amor … Continuar leyendo
Toluca, MEXICO:  A group of women from the Mazahua ethnics cook tortillas and Mexican sauce in front of a McDonald's US franchise fast food restaurant 01 May, 2006 in Toluca, Mexico, as a token of solidarity with the immigrants demonstrating in the United States in May Day. AFP PHOTO/Mario VAZQUEZ-Agencia MVT  (Photo credit should read MARIO VAZQUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)El libro titulado Abya Yala Wawgeykuna fue presentado el 25 de abril en el Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares de Puebla, México. Abya Yala es la palabra en el idioma del pueblo Kuna para el continente Americano. El libro es un homenaje a las tradiciones y costumbres de América Latina.  Recoge los modos de vida, … Continuar leyendo
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Las telenovelas are very popular in Mexico; it seems like everyone in Mexico watches one! People talk about it every time they have a chance. “Did you watch la novela last night?” they say. “Any idea what is going to happen tomorrow?” “Please record it for me…. Don’t tell me what happened until I watch […]

Today we went to the city of Saltillo. Everyone was wearing these things called  “Sarapes.” It is not very well known where the Sarape originated, but it is definitely a fusion of indigenous and Spanish elements. A Sarape is a rectangular cloth with or without an opening for the head. A Sarape has a variety […]

Today I was walking by a government building and saw the most beautiful mural. There were so many bright colors and the people really looked real. I was so impressed that I stopped to talk to a girl selling jewelry nearby to get the history of this beautiful art. Her name is Lola and she […]

Diana and Rita

Relationship:

Aunt and Niece

Ages:

15 and 29

Origin:

Lawrenceville, NJ

Team Motto:

There is no I in TEAM. "We have been to all kinds of Latin restaurants along the east coast. From Maine to Florida, we've eaten at restaurants that are famous—and not so famous! Imagine how many more flavors we will taste around the world."

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Tim and Mack

Relationship:

Grandfather and Grandson

Ages:

15 and 62

Origin:

San Fracisco, CA

Team Motto:

Be the change you want to see in the world. "Traveling and meeting nwe people is what interests us most about these challenges. Now we can do both! And Spanish will help us in our travels throughout the Americas."

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Tess and Patricia

Relationship:

Mother and Daughter

Ages:

16 and 47

Origin:

San Antonio, TX

Team Motto:

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! "We are nature lovers, and we enjoy animals, the outdoors, ans discovering rare species. Thankfully, we can share in theses adventures together. We can't wait to discover all the new places and animals our desafíos have to offer."

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Andy and Janet

Relationship:

Brother and Sister

Ages:

17 and 25

Origin:

Atlanta, GA

Team Motto:

Work hard, play hard! "Many of our favorite Latino artists have CDs in Spanish as well as in English. We would love to learn Spanish better to be able to sing all of their songs. Our mom, the music teacher, would be so proud."

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Eva and Ethan

Ages:

17 and 18

Hometown:

Chula Vista, CA

Interests:

technology, science, writing, guitar

Description:

Eva started learning Spanish in middle school, but Ethan didn’t start until 10th grade, They both love the language, though, especially Hispanic literature. After they graduate, they can’t wait to travel to all the places they’ve read about.

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Daniel and Michelle

Ages:

17 and 17

Hometown:

Tallahassee, FL

Interests:

traveling, art, cooking

Description:

Daniel is Mexican-American, and he grew up hearing Spanish at home, but he didn’t start studying it until two years ago. Now he loves learning about other Hispanic cultures, especially by trying the food! Michelle started her study of Spanish just a few years ago, but she has learned very quickly. She wants to study art history, and she dreams of being a curator at the Prado or the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.

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Asha and Lucas

Ages:

16 and 17

Hometown:

New York, NY

Interests:

music, soccer, nature, basketball

Description:

After living in many parts of the world, Ethan knew a little bit of Spanish when he started studying it in the 8th grade. He wants to use his Spanish skills while working as an engineer specializing in sustainable development in Latin America. Asha has been studying Spanish since kindergarten, and every year she travels to Guatemala to do a service project in rural areas.

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Andy, Tess, Diana and Tim

Ages:

15, 16 and 17

Description:

"They are the Fans del Español veterans, they have been all over and will be advising the current characters on their own adventures, see their Bios on the Countries and Regions characters page."

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