The Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey

Brazil comes to Bloomfield with classes in Capoeira, Samba, Maculele, Drumming, Salsa, Zumba & Yoga

Bahia, Minha Bahia December 2020

From August 19 - 26, we will be immersed in the art, culture, and music of Salvador, Bahia and its surrounding communities. Salvador is located in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, Bahia, Brasil. Salvador is a distinctive historical city that at one time was home to approximately 1.5 to 2 million enslaved people who were imported into Brazil from Africa. It is said that there is no other place outside of Africa like Salvador, where descendants of Africans have preserved the history of their heritage. Salvador gives us wonderful insight into the African culture that encompasses everything-from music, religion, food, dance and of course Capoeira.

The cost is $1100 per person ($600 for guests not taking the workshops) can be made in installments. A Visa to enter Brazil is no longer required. A deposit of $150 is due by January 20. Monthly payments of $150 can be made and the balance is due August10th.

Calendar of activities: Two to three workshops each day (Capoeira/Dance/Music) Be aware that the ground training surfaces in Brazil are hard and you should bring your training shoes with you. Bale Folclorico Folcloric Show, street rodas, festivals, academy visits, shopping trip to Mercado Modelo, optional local tours. Local Mestres will be invited to share meals with us allowing us an invaluable opportunity to meet and learn from many different Mestres.

All transportation to activities as well as airport transfers are included. To take advantage of transfers, you must provide your flight information no later than July 20. Transfers will not be offered if the flight information is not received by the deadline and transfers at any other time will incur a separate charge.

For any questions regarding this trip, contact Mestre Gaivota at gaivota@abccnj.com. Registration and payment can be done at http://www.abccnj.com/bahia.htm Complete trip information can be found on our website.


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made prior to July 1 will receive a $250 refund. No refunds after July 2, 2016. The deposit is non-refundable.

Make sure that you have a valid passport that does not expire within six months of the trip.

We have committed to picking up only people who will arrive in Salvador at Magalhaes Airport (SSA) who have provided flight details in advance. You must provide all your flight information so we can check and see if there have been any changes or delays in your flight in case you don’t arrive on time. Housing address will be provided for students taking a taxi.

Upon arriving at the Salvador airport someone will be waiting for you right outside the international arrival gates. Look for a sign with Capoeira Guerreiros on it.


If you would like a closer look at where we are staying, check out this video

CONTACT INFORMATION IN BRAZIL: Gaivota’s Cell in Salvador (001) 973-563-3997

Please be aware that ATM’s are available in Brazil but you may pay a bank fee. If you have not exchanged money prior to your departure and you are going straight from the airport to Salvador make sure to exchange money at the airport. Here is a money exchange website for you to check and see the rates http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/


WHAT TO BRING:

Toothbrush and toothpaste (both can be bought in Bahia)

Workout clothes (White Abada’s and group shirts required!)

Sneakers or capoeira training shoes (most capoeira classes will happen on a hard surface)

Camera for taking photos or videotaping

Swimsuit & Towel (both can be bought in Bahia)

A small amount of cash. Plan to use your Debit & credit card

Useful Items:

Mosquito repellent, sunscreen, allergy cream or medication, some warm clothes mostly for night time. You can always buy more clothes as needed.


DEPARTURE:

Keep in mind that a ride from Salvador to the airport might take an hour but if there is traffic that time could be stretched up to 2 hours. Plan well ahead of time so you don't miss your flight! We highly recommend travel insurance.