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English at Nazaré and Groups in Ann Arbor

posted Jan 24, 2013, 6:10 AM by Ethan Shirley   [ updated Jan 25, 2013, 1:54 AM by Julie Bateman ]
At Nazaré Orphanage in Poconé, we have been holding English classes. These classes are aimed at the public but especially catered to the needs of local ecotour guides. Ecotourism in the area has caught on, but many of the guides that are currently working in the area are from big cities. Ideally, the people guiding tours in the Pantanal should be the people from the Pantanal. However, there is a marked dearth of resources for the people who live in and are actually from the Pantanal. The English classes open to the public are in the evening. During the day, we have been teaching the kids of Nazaré.

Teacher Bonnie teaches Nazaré kids                                             PCER classroom with donated desks

We will continue the English courses here at Nazaré, the fees garnered from which aid the orphanage, next year in combination with tour guide field courses at PCER, where we just received a donation of classroom desks and chairs. We are also continuing to develop the music program at the orphanage, and are looking to partner with the local university's music department and two non-profits here that manage their own music and orchestra projects.

In Ann Arbor, we have three four groups hard at work designing projects and fundraising for their specific goals.
-Water systems group, which will continue to expand their work with bio-sand water filters
-Waste systems group, which will continue work on biodigesters and begin a recycling education program.
-Alternative energy group, which is working on using recycled parts to build wind turbines
-Music group, which has joined with Michigan Pops Orchestra to teach music at Nazaré

These groups will be maintaining their own blogs; their milestones will be noted here.