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Pantanal News - Spring 2014

posted Apr 1, 2014, 6:20 AM by Ethan Shirley

Spring is in the air, and over fifty people are preparing to work on various projects in the Pantanal over the summer. Our annual fundraiser, Pantanal in the Arb, isTHIS SUNDAY APRIL 6 starting at 9:00am at the Washington Heights entrance to Nichols Arboretum. Sign up online at: http://www.pantanalcer.org/arb-run-iv


           

                                         Children at Colégio Nazaré perform with volunteer teachers.          Students teach in the United States in preparation for teaching in Brazil

The coming summer features four major programs beginning in early May. First, we are working with Brazilian non-profit ECOA to bring small scale biodigesters, wind turbines, and water filters to rural communities in the Pantanal. Undergraduate and graduate students from Michigan and Brazil will be teaching and installing these sustainable technologies with families in the communities.


Throughout the summer, we will continue to teach music with our partner non-profit the Ciranda Institute and students from the United States. We are testing a new internet video conference teaching program that will involve young music students in Brazil learning from and with musicians in the United States. We are presenting about this project at the International Society of Music Education conference in Porto Alegre in July.

Another group of University of Michigan students will be working at local schools and ecolodges to teach English to kids and adults in the tourism industry. Additionally, PCER is opening its doors to more undergraduate students through a program with Stanford University that will focus on the biology and ecology of the Pantanal.The coming summer features four major programs beginning in early May. First, we are working with Brazilian non-profit ECOA to bring small scale biodigesters, wind turbines, and water filters to rural communities in the Pantanal. Undergraduate and graduate students from Michigan and Brazil will be teaching and installing these sustainable technologies with families in the communities.

Events

Thanks to those who came to see Marcin Szczepanski's Pantanal photos exhibit in the Duderstadt Center Gallery in January

As always, we thank you for your continued support andhope to see you at the Pantanal in the Arb event on Sunday!


If you want to get involved or have any ideas, please contact Ethan at ethan@pantanalcer.org.

Abraços,


Ethan Shirley

Director

ethan@pantanalcer.org

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