During the summer of 2013, as temperatures rose and pipes ran dry, protests sprang up throughout northern Jordan. But every crisis presents opportunity, and Jordan is developing innovative approaches to water shortages, storage, and supply. Jordan’s approach to water shortage includes ambitious and large scale aquifer projects alongside new and old appropriate technologies of rainwater catchments and greywater treatment systems. Based in Amman, Jordan’s capital, the program explores the interplay of small and large scale appropriate technologies using the refugee population as a lens to better understand innovation that works for a region already running dry. You will be introduced to basic principles of water supply, delivery, and shortage in Jordan, with a focus on innovative responses both at the local community and regional levels. In a field-study context, you will learn from local engineers, community groups, and policy-makers about emerging resilient practices, ideas for water shortage and supply, and long-term stability. Please visit our website for more information.
Ruta 1, Taltal, Antofagasta, Chile
Examine public health within the context of both official national healthcare policies and intercultural and alternative healing practices in urban and rural Chile. Over the course of the semester, you will consider different conceptions of health, disease, and wellness, including beliefs and health practices of the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous peoples. The program will give you the opportunity to experience Chile's health system firsthand with guided, insightful visits to public and private health centers as well as direct dialogues with biomedical and ethnomedical practitioners. Please visit our website for more information.
68 St Geran Grove, Bluff, 4052, South Africa
Through coursework and community engagement, you will focus on issues of memory, reconciliation, development, and nation building as they relate to South Africa’s social and political transformations in the more than 20 years after apartheid. Choose between three different program tracks. Work with professional journalists from Peabody Award–winning Round Earth Media to produce a feature-length story to be considered for publication in media outlets, complete an internship with a local organization, or conduct independent research and produce a substantial academic paper. The program includes multiple excursions, including comparative visits to neighboring Mozambique and Swaziland, which have pursued different paths in their own recent histories of independence. Please visit our website for more information.