CET Brazil

What is the Traveling Seminar?

Your Traveling Seminar is a weeklong journey to Salvador da Bahia. As a former port of entry for slaves, Salvador da Bahia maintains a strong presence of African culture. It’s the perfect place to examine Brazil’s ethnic diversity, and study the history and social dynamics of African influences on Brazilian culture.

The Traveling Seminar is about learning by experiencing. Visit Arte Consciente, an NGO launched by former street kids, that helps street kids. Tour a church, built by African slaves for their own worship. See a performance by the Folkloric Ballet of Salvador. Hear an expert on Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion. Watch a street drum performance. Cook ceremonial foods.

Student Voice
Want to see the Traveling Seminar from a student’s perspective? Follow along as Alexis Maciel (American University) goes to Salvador da Bahia for a week. 

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Salvador. Attend an open-air jazz concert at the Museum of Modern Art.

Day 2: Enjoy time at Praia do Forte (a local beach).

Day 3: Visit Arte Consciente, a local NGO based in Saramandaia. Attend a lecture on Capoeira and learn some basic moves.

Day 4: Tour the city with a local guide. See a local Roman Catholic ceremony.

Day 5: Attend a lecture on Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion.

Day 6:  Take a trip to the São Joaquim Market, then attend an Afro-Brazilian cuisine workshop.

Day 7: Hop on a boat and head to an island or two.

Day 8: Fly back to São Paulo.