Please visit our website for more information. The program examines Brazil's healthcare policies and allows students to observe through firsthand experience how these policies are put into practice, who is affected (and who is left out), and what the impacts of these policies look like. Students visit communities that emerged as part of the African diaspora and other communities in rural areas. Each program component broadens students' understanding of the healthcare needs and realities of Brazil's historically marginalized peoples and the implications of various approaches to healthcare provision. Live in Salvador, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While in Salvador, students attend classes at the program base and live with a host family. Salvador was Brazil's first capital city and the former center of the Portuguese colonial empire. In 1985, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical importance, cultural vibrancy, and aesthetic appeal. Read more about Salvador’s UNESCO designation. Today, Salvador is home to Brazil's largest Afro-Brazilian population. Gain very different perspectives on healthcare in Brazil’s northeast. By visiting a variety of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, Family Health Programs (PSFs), clinics, and Candomblé temples, students gain insight into different types of healthcare and the intricacies that surround each system. Students learn about the decision-making processes that draw patients to these facilities and how the centers strategize and adapt to meet the changing needs of their growing communities. Visit quilombo communities. Students visit at least two quilombos — urban and rural communities founded by former slaves — to meet with community members and participate in community welfare projects. The more than 1,000 quilombos in the northeast region of Brazil have been historically isolated and excluded from mainstream Brazilian society. Students gain firsthand exposure to communities facing extremely poor living conditions and very limited healthcare access. Experience contrasting homestay communities. Students have both urban and rural homestays to learn what daily life is like for average Brazilians living in a city compared to rural areas. Through these diverse living experiences, students witness the challenges and solutions facing different Brazilian communities in relation to issues of race, healthcare, and human rights. Independent Study Project Students spend the final four weeks of the semester engaged in an Independent Study Project (ISP). Students conduct their projects in Salvador or, with program approval, another area in the Brazilian northeast. Engaging in primary research, students critically examine a topic related to public policy and community welfare in Brazil. Sample ISP topic areas include: Factors affecting human health in a quilombo community Psychiatric illness and community outreach The empowerment of women Pre- and post-natal care Healing in the Candomblé tradition Brazilian HIV/AIDS policy and programs The health situation of adolescent mothers and their offspring
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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.
Please visit our website for more information. Studying in Buenos Aires Each week, students have lectures and intensive language instruction, and visit academic institutions and community organizations engaged in health-related work. Buenos Aires is home to an impressive diversity of renowned institutions and highly engaged public and private actors working on health policy, research, delivery, and advocacy. Students meet with senior public officials — including at least one former health minister — and other relevant health policy actors to learn firsthand about health-related initiatives and current challenges. The city and surrounding metropolitan region (Greater Buenos) comprise more than 30 percent of Argentina’s population. The region is home to significant social and economic disparities and a range of health-related problems. These include the contamination of the Riachuelo basin in the city center as well as the presences of chronic diseases. It is a city of marked contrasts, where wealth and poverty coincide. Program Partnership with ISALUD Classes and other program activities take place at the headquarters of ISALUD, located in the city’s traditional San Telmo neighborhood. In addition to its role as a university, ISALUD serves as a think tank made up of many of the country’s top health policymakers; its graduates can be found in key roles related to health policy, practice, and advocacy throughout Argentina. SIT students will have their own meeting room on ISALUD’s campus and have access to ISALUD common facilities, including the university’s library and eating areas. Spanish Language Instruction with a Focus on Public Health The Spanish language course is designed to prepare students for successful, daily interactions with lecturers, healthcare practitioners, and host families. Emphasis is placed on increasing language skills in areas related to the program theme: public health, community welfare, and epidemiology. Language classes meet for three hours daily in small-group formats. The course incorporates in-class learning, roundtable discussions, oral presentations, field excursions, and group exercises. Independent Study Project Students spend the final four weeks of the program engaged in an independent research project. Projects are conducted in Buenos Aires or another approved location in Argentina. Engaging in primary research, students critically examine a topic related to the program’s theme. Projects should demonstrate a synthesis of the various components of the program, and the project should contribute in some way to a greater understanding of public healthcare in the context of Argentina. ISP advisors are recruited from the different educational and health organizations with which the program works. Sample ISP topic areas: Grassroots advocacy and healthcare services AIDS policy and care Public health consequences of environmental contamination Gender and reproductive rights Challenges to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals in Argentina Healthcare among immigrant populations