Please visit our website for more information. This program provides firsthand experience with different types of grassroots organizations fighting for human rights and social welfare in Argentina. Students are exposed to the ongoing struggles of social movements working for justice and equality, including workers taking on factory bosses, peasants fighting to maintain their livelihood, and indigenous peoples organizing to retain their land and identity. Program components In addition to the in-country orientation and evaluation period, the program consists of the following components: A six-week homestay in Buenos Aires during which time students receive intensive Spanish language instruction and begin the Research Methods and Ethics course and two thematic seminars on social movements and human rights. Students undertake short field visits around the city to social and human rights organizations. Three weeks of educational field excursions throughout Argentina, a trip to Patagonia, a trip to the northwestern region, and a visit to the Bolivian border A four-week Independent Study Project Engage in service projects with members of the local community. In addition to program coursework, students engage in hands-on community service work. While in Buenos Aires, they can choose among a variety of volunteer opportunities including working at a shelter for women who are victims of violence, a cultural center for kids and muralists, a school, or a community health center. Students also participate as a group in one-day projects in diverse environments, such as helping in a soup kitchen in Salta, working with Mapuche women to build an indigenous community center in Patagonia, and painting a mural with underprivileged children at a daycare in a Buenos Aires shantytown. With an emphasis on giving back, community service components are integrated into the program's educational excursions to northwestern Argentina and to Patagonia, and as an optional activity during the time in Buenos Aires. Meet with an array of activists in social movements and human rights organizations. Students engage with activists from a broad array of backgrounds including: Traditional human rights organizations such as the Madres de Plaza de Mayo Memorials of the dictatorship such as "ESMA" Workers' cooperatives such as Chilavert Neighborhood organizations such as La Alameda Social movements such as the Movimiento de Trabajadores Desocupados (MTD) *Note: The list of organizations the program visits may change depending on each semester’s calendar. Rapidly advance your Spanish. Students receive intensive instruction in Spanish through the program's three-credit language course. Based on in-country evaluation, students are placed in intensive classes and obtain additional language practice during the homestays, lectures, and field visits. Language courses are delivered in interactive, small-group formats; there are typically no more than seven students to a class. Additionally, students are encouraged to take advantage of the myriad daily opportunities presented by a Spanish-speaking environment which provides a source of constant learning. Students are encouraged to go to the theater and enjoy other cultural offerings in Buenos Aires. Independent Study Project Students spend the last four weeks of the program focused on an Independent Study Project (ISP), pursuing original research on a selected topic of interest to them. The ISP is conducted in Buenos Aires or another approved location appropriate to the project. Sample topic areas for the ISP include: Labor rights Environmental rights Memory and memorialization Indigenous rights and community Art as a tool for social transformation Issues of identity Women’s rights LGBTQ and human rights in Argentina Rights of migrants Children’s rights Indigenous participation in social movements During the ISP, students integrate different components of the program as they conduct an in-depth investigation of a social movement or organization in Argentina. Students utilize their Spanish and cultural skills and apply the academic knowledge they have acquired while interacting with host communities. The ISP is a unique opportunity to build a solid foundation for further research for a senior thesis, Fulbright fellowship, or graduate school.
Ruta 1, Taltal, Antofagasta, Chile
Please visit our website for more information. Based in Chile's northern-most city of Arica, students in the SIT Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment program examine theoretical and existing approaches to healthcare delivery in diverse communities across Chile, including in urban and rural areas. Through interdisciplinary coursework, field study, and meaningful site visits to public health centers, students scrutinize both "modern" and traditional medicine practices and delivery methods. Gaining global perspectives from Arica From the program base in Arica, students enjoy excellent access to health centers and hospitals, learning from academics, practitioners, and community experts in both Arica and the greater region. Arica is home to a multitude of ethnic communities including Chinese, Afro-American, Italian, Spanish, and indigenous groups; students discover that, despite these communities’ shared locality, extraordinary differences in culture and health practices exist. Given Arica’s strategic location on the border of Peru and Bolivia, students are able to examine healthcare from unique international perspectives. Students learn about cross-border initiatives and transnational coordination of health policy on topics such as infectious disease management, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis.  Exposure to multiple sources of knowledge Students in the Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment program learn from and engage with: Faculty members at the Universidad de Tarapacá Medical health professionals National and local government health officials Intercultural medicine practitioners including herbalists Local university students in both urban and rural settings Health centers where traditional medicine is practiced Close interaction with academic, professional, and community experts allows students to develop a comprehensive, up-close understanding of health and community welfare in the Chilean context. Public Health Research Methods and Ethics Through the program's Public Health Research Methods and Ethics course, students receive instruction in research methods in both the social and health sciences. Students learn how to collect, analyze, integrate, and report social and public health data to understand and assess public health and intercultural issues. Field studies may include designing a research project; writing a research proposal; interviewing; conducting surveys; and maintaining a field journal. Specific public health field study methods could include concepts and objectives of scientific research, basic techniques used in public health research, data collection and analysis, epidemiology and considerations in the Chilean context, ethical issues related to public health projects and research, and the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review Policy. Through this course, students frequently observe and participate in community health projects. The course also serves as an introduction to the Independent Study Project.  Independent Study Project Conducted in Arica, Santiago, Valparaiso, Temuco, or other approved locations in Chile appropriate to the project, the Independent Study Project offers students the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of their choice within the program’s thematic parameters. The project integrates learning from the various components of the program and culminates in a final presentation and formal research paper. Students may choose to incorporate a guided practicum experience into the project as well. Sample topic areas include: Women’s health Community outreach Drug and alcohol treatment Traditional and intercultural health Chilean health policy AIDS treatment promotion and prevention policies Indigenous health practices Epidemiology
GO-347, Crixás - GO, 76510-000, Brazil
Please visit our website for more information. The Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development study abroad program examines local socioeconomic conditions and the impact of local development efforts and public policy on lives and livelihoods in northeastern Brazil. In addition to thematic coursework and field study in Fortaleza, students participate in educational excursions throughout the region and observe various community-based programs seeking to foster social, political, and economic improvement. The program consists of three phases: a seven-week homestay in Fortaleza, a two-week period during which students participate in educational excursions throughout northeastern Brazil, and a month-long period during which students focus on an Independent Study Project (ISP). Each phase of the program introduces students to different experiences with, and perspectives on, social justice in Brazil. Fortaleza During their homestay in Fortaleza, students attend lectures and seminars on topics such as globalization and its impact on third world societies, neoliberalism as an economic model, social movements in Brazil and Latin America, and Afro Brazilian religions and culture. Students are immersed in Portuguese language study through intensive language classes and daily interaction with their host families. This seven-week period helps acclimate students to Brazilian culture and familiarizes them with the social and political atmosphere of the region. Field Study The Research Methods and Ethics course focuses on the concepts of learning across cultures and from field experience. Material includes: Appropriate methodologies Field study ethics and the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review Policy Developing skills in observation and interviewing Gathering, organizing, and communicating data Assigned papers provide an opportunity for students to test the tools introduced during the course while providing occasions for discussions on ethics and intercultural readings. Throughout the course, students work to properly develop their research topics for their Independent Study Project. Students significantly advance their initial ideas, assumptions, and drafts, in close consultation with their academic director. Independent Study Project In the final month of the Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development program students complete an Independent Study Project (ISP), which provides each student an opportunity to pursue original research on a community, situation, or topic related to Brazilian culture, development, and social justice. Each student selects an ISP advisor from among the outstanding array of researchers and professionals affiliated with the program. The ISP is conducted in Fortaleza or, by arrangement, in another area of northeastern Brazil. Sample topics for the ISP include: Agrarian reform in the state of Ceará and the northeast The changing role of women in Brazilian society Migratory trends and demographic impact Economic and social plight of favela dwellers Urbanization and economic development Social action among youth Class issues in Ceará Afro Brazilian religion and culture After the semester ends, students are encouraged to continue studying some aspect of their ISP, and ISPs have frequently served as the basis for senior theses, successful grant proposals, graduate-level research, and fellowships. Past participants of the program have launched NGOs and organized fundraisers for social justice organizations in Brazil.