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 Burgos, director and co-founder of Brazil Cultural, studied Fine Arts at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, and graduated in Interior Design from UNIP University.

Patrícia, who speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish, teaches English and Portuguese language classes. She has also taught kindergarten for five years in Salvador. She holds the Pedagogy Certification, the Cambridge First Certificate in English, the Advanced Vocabulary in Progress II and the Advanced Pronunciation in English II courses from ACBEU, and the Spanish certificate DELE A2.

Patrícia Burgos collaborates with the planning and program logistics, leads cultural and social activities, while coordinating hotel and home-stays for our study and travel programs.

Javier Escudero Rodríguez, Director

Javier combines the knowledge of an extensive scholar career– Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Literature (University of Virginia 1992) and Assistant & Associate Professor at Penn State (1992-2006)–with his large study abroad experience in both the university and the business sectors. He has published 4 books on Pierre Verger, Juan Goytisolo, Américo Castro and Rosa Montero, and many articles in refereed academic journals. 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 Smithsonian Journeys.

Institutional Collaborations

  • FAZAG–Faculdade Zacarias de Góes (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