Brazil Cultural was created by Ms. Patricia Burgos and Dr. Javier Escudero in 2005 in Bahia, Brazil

In 2016, Brazil Cultural signed an agreement with Academia Buenos Aires to offer courses and travel programs in Argentina & Uruguay, and in 2017 with Alma Study Travel to design and lead education and travel programs in Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Patrícia Burgos, Director

Originally from Salvador, Bahia, Patrícia studied art at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, fashion at the Universidade Vega de Almeida in Rio de Janeiro, and taught kindergarten for five years in Salvador. Patricia coordinates homestays for students, leads cultural and social activities and helps with program logistics and public relations. In addition to Portuguese, she speaks English and Spanish

Javier Escudero, Director

Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Literature (UVA 1992), former Assistant & Associate Professor at Penn State (1992-2006)

Javier combines the knowledge of an extensive scholar career with his large study abroad experience in both the university and the business sectors. He published 3 books on Juan Goytisolo, Américo Castro and Rosa Montero, as well as many articles in refereed academic journals and newspapers on Spanish and Latin American literature, culture and film. Javier presented papers and guest lectures in over 30 universities and international conferences and was appointed as Spain’s Consul of Education and Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Rio de Janeiro between 2001 and 2003. He has directed several university abroad programs in Spain, Mexico and Brazil and has worked as a guest lecturer for Semester at Sea and as study leader for Smithsonian Journeys. Currently, he prepares a new book–Through the Lens of Pierre Verger: Photographs of a Multicultural United States, 1934 & 1937.

Institutional Collaborations

  • Centro Universitário Social da Bahia—UNISBA (Brazil)
  • Universidad de Málaga (Spain)
  • Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento–FLAD (Portugal)
  • Study in Portugal Network (Portugal)
  • Instituto de Ciencias Sociais, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Fundación Ortega y Gasset—Marañón (Spain)
  • Escuela de Traducción Rey Fahd, Tangier (Morocco)
  • ENSA (Morocco)

NGO’s Collaborations

  • Fundação Pierre Verger, Salvador (Brazil)
  • Instituto Cultural Steve Biko, Brazil
  • Projeto Social Pré-Vestibular Quilombo Ilha (Brazil)
  • Associação de Arte e Cultura Quilombo do Tereré (Brazil)
  • Projeto de Deus (Brazil)
  • FOMEJE (Morocco)
  • Darna: Centre for Women (Morocco

Language Program Partnerships

  • Enforex & Don Quijote
  • Academia Buenos Aires, Academia Bariloche (Argentina),
  • Academia Montevideo (Uruguay)
  • University of California Davis (United States)
  • LSI—Language Studies International
  • ELS Language Centers
  • North Sidney English College
  • Lloyds International College
  • Actilingua