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Mar e Floresta

Portuguese Language Village
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About the Village

The Portuguese-speaking world spans the globe - from Portugal to Brazil, from Mozambique to Timor Leste and beyond! At Mar e Floresta in the North Woods of Minnesota, we draw on diverse cultures and traditions as we learn the world’s sixth most widely spoken language. Enjoy traditional foods like top-it-yourself Rodizio de Pizza and Bibingka (baked rice cake). Learn traditional drumming, paint your own máscaras (masks) and hone your skills on the futebol (soccer) field. From the time you wake up in the morning to the time you go to bed at night, you’ll find yourself engaged in a variety of community and cultural activities, all geared toward listening, speaking and eventually even starting to think in Portuguese.

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Traditional Dance
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Brazilian Soda
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Creating Dessert
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Futebol (Soccer)
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Culturally Appropriate Cuisine
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Village Bank
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Cultural Games
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Cooking Lesson
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Custom Birchwood Nametags
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Campfire Singalong
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Experience

Mar e Floresta

A Lifetime of Learning

From our flagship summer youth camps to family programs and adults-only sessions, Concordia Language Villages provides a lifetime of language learning and cultural adventure. Find the program that’s right for you!

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Youth Overnight

Season: Summer

Duration: 1 Week | 2 Weeks | 4 Weeks

Our flagship Language Village camps where language comes to life. A fully immersive cultural experience.

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Government & Corporate

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Training for military, healthcare and corporate clients, with customizable programming designed to bridge cultures and break language barriers.

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Upcoming Portuguese Camps & Programs

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Portuguese Youth Two Week
Youth Overnight
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Portuguese
Dates:
Jun 17
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Jun 29
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 7 - 12
Cost: $
2600
Registration closes
May 17, 2024
Male openings:
-1
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Female openings:
3
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
October 11, 2023
Portuguese Youth One Week
Youth Overnight
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Portuguese
Dates:
Jun 24
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Jun 29
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 7 - 12
Cost: $
1345
Registration closes
May 27, 2024
Male openings:
1
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Female openings:
0
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
October 11, 2023
Portuguese Youth Two Week
Youth Overnight
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Portuguese
Dates:
Jun 24
-
Jul 6
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 13 - 18
Cost: $
2600
Registration closes
May 27, 2024
Male openings:
2
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Female openings:
-1
Register NowJoin Waitlist
Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
October 11, 2023
Portuguese Youth One Week
Youth Overnight
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Portuguese
Dates:
Jul 1
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Jul 6
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 13 - 18
Cost: $
1345
Registration closes
Jun 1, 2024
Male openings:
2
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Female openings:
2
Register NowJoin Waitlist
Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
October 11, 2023
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Government & Corporate Programs

A global outlook is important for success in the domestic and international arena. Concordia Language Villages offers customized corporate, government and military training programs to meet the specific needs of our clients.

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OPPORTUNITIES

Need-based scholarships are available for Portuguese summer youth immersion sessions through the Passport Fund. Scholarships are based on a family’s adjusted gross income, number of dependents and the length of the session.

Additionally, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a $1,000 stipend for Minnesota students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.

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Our Location:

Mar e Floresta

Turtle River Lake

Mar e Floresta shares space with our Spanish Language Village on the shores of Turtle River Lake. Each space at Mar e Floresta is customized for an authentic Lusophone experience.

The entire Village is made to resemble authentic architecture complete with a traditional central plaza and fountain to highlight the gathering place for sharing a dance or song.

Many of the activities that take place in large group settings will happen on the plaza. In addition, there are ample spaces including volleyball and basketball courts, soccer field, waterfront with canoes and a patio for the evening bonfire.

Cabins are furnished with bunk beds and bathrooms with private shower facilities. This site is used year-round and the cabins are winterized. During the winter, one may also use the Nordic ski trails located conveniently on site.

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Read more about our professional staff at Mar e Floresta, our Portugese Language Village.

Kirsten Cristina Addison

Dean

Kirsten Cristina Addison is the dean of both Mar e Floresta, the Portuguese Language Village, and El Lago del Bosque, the Spanish Language Village (first half). She goes by Salome at Mar e Floresta and Cristina at El Lago del Bosque. Kirsten has been on staff at Concordia Language Villages since 1987, serving as dean in various capacities since 1996. Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French, she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Western Ontario and studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain and the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

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Concordia Language Villages staff may speak a Village language, creatively teach culture, work and play hard. They also develop skills and qualities that will make them excellent employees in any field.