The “Culturas”- the British Cultural Institutes in Latin America with the exception of Buenos Aires, founded in 1927, were all founded at about the same time, and for the same reasons.
- There are “Culturas” (Association of Latin American British Cultural Institutes) in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. Together they have around 400,000 students.
- The Beginning: in the early 80's a British Council Director brought together a small group of British Institutes in Latin America to explore possibilities of co-operation.
- The First Conference: as a result of that meeting plans were laid for the first conference, which took place in Montevideo in 1985, which turned out to be a success.
- Consolidation and Growth: regular meetings between institute directors began to take place and the conferences became recognized as a major ELT event.
The LABCI Conference
Every two years LABCI holds an ELT congress in a member country. The conferences attract good numbers of teachers and academic coordinators, and for this reason sponsorship from publishers and other ELT suppliers.
The Association of Latin American British Cultural Institutes encourages the free exchange of information, knowledge and expertise between members in the areas of English language teaching, teacher training and development, formal education and cultural services and facilitates the promotion by its members of cultural understanding and cooperation between Latin America and the UK.
Our aim is to consolidate LABCI as an organization through an effective exchange of knowledge, information and expertise between our members which will enable them to attain new levels of efficiency and effectiveness, offer new products and services in the areas of English language teaching, teacher training and development, formal education and cultural services, and be recognised as centres of excellence in their respective countries.