MN-AATSP Interview with Joan Velasquez

MN-AATSP Interview with Joan Velasquez

Mano a Mano co-founder Joan Velasquez was recently interviewed by the Minnesota chapter of The American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese (MN-AATSP) for their May 2016 Noticiero newsletter. The interview focused on Mano a Mano’s upcoming June teacher trip to Bolivia.

Arani, Bolivia - community where Mano a Mano's teacher trips have been based.

Arani, Bolivia – community where Mano a Mano’s teacher trips have been based.

From the MN-AATSP website:

“The American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese (AATSP) is a national professional organization for educators which promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education.

AATSP-MN is a state chapter whose mission is promoting the Spanish & Portuguese languages and cultures, supporting educators, and recognizing student excellence through various events in the state of Minnesota.”

Read the Full MN-AATSP Interview with Joan Here

The PDF version of the interview is available here:

MN-AATSP Interview with Joan Velasquez

Page 1 of Joan's interview with AATSP. Read the full interview at the link above.

Page 1 of Joan’s interview with AATSP. Read the full interview at the link above.

Mano a Mano Teacher Trips to Bolivia

This is Mano a Mano’s 4th year of hosting teacher trips to Bolivia. Minnesota teachers travel to Bolivia with Mano a Mano to participate in workshops with Bolivian teachers. During the trip, teachers visit rural Bolivian schools, shadow and present workshops for their teachers, and have the opportunity to interact with them in informal as well as classroom settings.

Mano a Mano approaches these trips with a deep appreciation for the dedication of teachers in both countries, for the similarities and differences in our life experiences, and for the gifts that teachers from each country can bring to the other through shared experiences.

Check out more information about the first 3 trips below (each headline is clickable). We’re looking forward to next month’s trip!

2013 Teacher Trip – 9 Travelers

Minnesota and Bolivia teachers during a workshop, 2013.

Minnesota and Bolivia teachers during a workshop, 2013.

2014 Teacher Trip – 7 Travelers

2015 Teacher Trip – 11 Travelers



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