Last month (July) students from the University of Kansas FLAS Study Abroad program spent the entire month in our beautiful community of Punta Gorda, Roatan. Flamingo Cultural Center was excited to be their second home during the students’ stay.
The Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship at Kansas University provides financial support for students to immerse themselves in the study of a critical language of their choice. The KU group were studying the Miskitu language. They had two classes per day, one class with KU professor LaToya Hinton and a conversational Miskitu class with local Miskitu teacher Johana Harris. They also had an option to sign up for Garifuna class taught by Alfred Arzu, a local Punta Gorda teacher.
Madeleine Housh documented her experience via Facebook. Below is a screenshot of what she wrote:
Madeleine learned a lot at Garifuna dance class. The video below shows her in front of a crowd of 2,000+ at a Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast music and dance festival in Bilwi-Puerto Cabezas. This was on the International Day of Indigenous people.
The students admitted that the food was one of the best parts of their experience. Below are pictures of some of the dishes that were served to them at the center. Compliments to our Assistant Director and Chef, Nora Flores.
Since the students were visiting for almost one month, we were able to provide a variety of cultural encounters such as dance tutorials, Garifuna Robics (excercise class) and tutoring.
It was a pleasure to host the KU group. The students spent most of their days walking up and down the Punta Gorda road genuinely interacting with the community and supporting the local businesses. Sometimes they were even invited to have dinner at their homes!
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