► There are “Culturas” (Association of Latin American British Cultural Institutes) in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. Together they have around 250,000 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, and was a success.
► Consolidation and Growth: regular meetings between institute directors began to take place and the conferences became recognized as a major ELT event.
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.