Please visit our website for more information. Madagascar is a world apart, evolving from a set of unique, isolated environmental circumstances. Live and study in Fort Dauphin. The program is based in Fort Dauphin (Tolagnaro), a town of approximately 50,000 people. Situated on a peninsula at the southern end of a chain of rainforested mountains, Fort Dauphin is surrounded on three sides by the Indian Ocean and is home to some of the country’s cleanest and most beautiful beaches. Five very distinct ecosystems exist within a fifty-mile radius of Fort Dauphin, making it a great base from which to take a variety of educational excursions. Students are able to appreciate the wonders of rainforests, spiny thicket, gallery zones, coastal vegetation, and transitional areas. Examine Madagascar’s long-term conservation and development needs. Students are not only exposed to spectacular natural settings; they also explore the human pressures placed on the country's ecosystems and possibilities for the future. Students grapple with questions of conservation versus development. Often these debates raise more questions than solutions, further compelling students to study, learn, and contribute to the discussion. Explore a variety of integrated themes in collaboration with Malagasy partners. The program offers thematic units on biodiversity, lemur ecology, conservation and environmental management, environmental impacts of mining and economic development, forest types and land use over time, ethnobotany, ecotourism, and marine studies. The Environmental Research Methods and Ethics seminar allows students to experiment with a wide range of social and natural science field techniques alongside Malagasy counterparts studying environmental management. Enhance your French while learning Malagasy. Because the program is based in a country that is part of francophone Africa, students are able to improve their French, while studying the environmental and conservation issues about which they are passionate. Students also learn Malagasy to connect more deeply with the Malagasy people. Students have multiple opportunities to improve their speaking skills in both languages through time in the classroom; on field excursions; time with host families, friends, and Malagasy students; and through conversations with the program’s extensive network of partners and contacts. Community ecology project with Malagasy students During the village stay, students will work closely with their Malagasy counterparts in designated groups on a community ecology study. Project activities may include an ecological inventory of a forested area (e.g., looking at its physical features or species, or on the human influences observed) or may focus on the physical, cultural, and social aspects of the village. Students conduct interviews, synthesize their data, and present their findings in Fort Dauphin. Visit key sits related to Madagascar's contemporary ecology and conservation. Madagascar is an incredibly rich country in terms of flora and fauna. During excursions outside Fort Dauphin, students directly witness current conservation challenges, such as deforestation for cattle grazing and mining, slash and burn agriculture, charcoal production and fuel wood use, production of non-food cash crops, and the illicit trade in endangered species. Madagascar’s national system of park management is juxtaposed with local livelihood practices, where people view the forest as a source of food, shelter, energy, and medicine. Complete an Independent Study Project. During the final month of the semester, students focus on an Independent Study Project (ISP) in which they conduct primary research on a selected topic. The ISP is conducted primarily in southern Madagascar or other appropriate locations. Sample topic areas include: Behavioral ecology of lemurs Community-based resource management Conservation assessments of endangered species Coral reef management and conservation Cash crop production and links to local livelihoods Medicinal plants in the marketplace Ecotourism Carbon sequestration and financing Land tenure reform and agricultural production Payments for ecosystem services Sacred forests Sustainable land use techniques
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.