Please visit our website for more information. In the Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology study abroad program, students learn in a truly world-class environment. Australia is home to flora and fauna that cannot be found elsewhere in the world, and students examine complex ecosystems directly where they are found. Highlights include: Living on the Doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef – During a 10-day stay at the Lizard Island Research Station, students spend approximately 50 hours conducting scientific surveys among the coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Living in the Rainforest – For eight days of the rainforest seminar, students live in accommodations on the edge of an upland rainforest teeming with life. At dawn, birds such as the Chowchilla, Eastern Whipbird, and Superb Fruit Dove often make their presence known through a cacophonous "dawn chorus." At night, leaf eating possums, bandicoots, flying foxes (large fruit-eating bats), and pademelons (a miniature kangaroo of the rainforest) are easily spotlighted in the forest and small clearings near student accommodations. "Going Bush" with Aboriginal Elders – During the group's seven-day camping trip, students travel to remote bushland with SIT's Aboriginal guide Russell Butler. The camping trip deeply immerses students in the outdoors in order to allow them to better experience an Aboriginal perspective toward Australia's natural resources, history, culture, and contemporary social and environmental problems. Through close observation, discussions, and firsthand experience, students acquire a better understanding of the First Australians' intimate understanding of ecology and environmental management. Program Components The Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology program consists of the following main components: Orientation – During this weeklong period, students are given an introduction to the rainforest, reefs, and culture of the region. Students travel to coastal and upland rainforest parks, meet local Aboriginal and non-indigenous Australians, and visit the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns Homestay – During the two-week homestay in Cairns, students stay with local families and attend lectures at Reef Teach, SIT's classroom facility. During this period, students learn about Australian culture and ecology and take local field trips to learn basic field techniques for use during later excursions and their Independent Study Project. Field Modules – Following the homestay in Cairns, the group undertakes the Aboriginal camping trip, the rainforest ecology module, and the coral reef ecology module. Upon completion of each field module, students return for a few days to the Northern Greenhouse Hostel in Cairns, which serves as the program base. While in Cairns, students may attend lectures, prepare for the next field excursion, and refine concepts for their Independent Study Project. Independent Study Project – Students spend five weeks conducting original, independent research on a selected subject at a location appropriate to their topic. Cairns Cairns is the commercial and tourism hub of Queensland's Wet Tropics and Cape York Peninsula. Serving as the program's base, the city offers students excellent access to the region's important ecological sites. During this period, students attend lectures and engage in afternoon educational excursions to places such as Flecker Botanical Garden and Cairns mangrove boardwalk. During these short excursions, students complete field exercises as part of their investigation into urban ecology. This period is designed to help students become familiar with the people and places of the region and prepare them for the intensive field modules that follow. Students spend two weeks living with an Australian family. Environmental Field Study Seminar The Environmental Field Study Seminar (EFSS) provides conceptual preparation and skill development to assist students in undertaking ecological and anthropological field studies in a cross-cultural context. Beginning with the sessions during orientation, and continuing throughout the semester, the EFSS develops students' skills and fosters their ability to observe, interpret, and appropriately function within the range of Australian environments and cultural contexts encountered on the program. Field exercises, assignments, and group discussions focus on various methods and techniques used in the collection and utilization of field data and scientific literature. Students conduct marine, terrestrial, and anthropological fieldwork. Independent Study Project For many students, the Independent Study Project (ISP) is the culmination and overall highlight of their academic experience in Australia. The ISP allows students to take the information they have acquired from thematic coursework and field study and apply it to designing, implementing, analyzing, and writing up a scientifically valid research report. Through their own initiative, students network and collaborate with Australian experts. In the past, many students have made lasting professional connections during their ISP. Past ISP student projects have included: Assessments of biota in planted habitat corridors connecting rainforest fragments Ecology of coral diseases Issues surrounding Aboriginal health and social justice
Lancaster Ave, Kampala, Uganda
Examine contemporary development in Uganda with case studies on environment, health, gender, and civil society, and engage with current concepts and debates in the vibrant context of Kampala. This program will introduce you to the social, political, economic, and environmental issues of development through selected site visits and carefully designed field activities in Uganda and Rwanda. Case studies of environmental, health, gender, and human rights projects provide the context for exploring this development model, its successes and challenges. You will explore development projects in Uganda and Rwanda and use development theory to examine the assumptions that inform the design of these projects. Choose to conduct a field-based Independent Study Project or a hands-on internship with a community-based, national, or international development organization. Major topics of study include: History, politics, and geography Economic development, health, and society Gender, women’s empowerment, and development Natural resources, the modern state, and political conflicts Models of eco-tourism, conservation, and natural resource management Land rights and food security Please visit our website for more information.
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.