Please visit our website for more information. The Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples program examines the myriad factors — including historical, religious, economic, and political forces — that have shaped, and will continue to shape, the diverse Himalayan communities inhabiting Nepal, northern India, Bhutan, and the Tibetan Autonomous Region and other Tibetan zones in China. Particular emphasis is placed on societies with Tibetan/Himalayan Buddhist cultures. Lectures and discussions on this program, provided both in Kathmandu and on excursion, incorporate the following topics: Regional History and Politics including twentieth-century occupation and exile; CIA intervention in Tibet from Nepal; the Dalai Lama and his Middle Way approach; negotiations with China; human rights in Tibet; Nepalese civil war (1996–2006, Maoist “People’s War”) and the writing of the new (2008) Federal Democratic Republic’s representative Constitution; Bhutanese democracy and GNH (gross national happiness). Buddhism Across the Himalayas including philosophical debate; Newar and Theravadin Buddhist traditions in Nepal; religious tourism and pilgrimage; meditation and retreat. Contemporary Tibetan Civilization including an overview of women's issues in exile; the new Tibetan dream of going to the West; nongovernmental organizations; democracy in exile; monastic versus modern education; the burgeoning Tibetanization of Himalayan cultures. Cultural Anthropology including social structures and the tradition of the masked dances of the Tantric deities in Tibetan exile and rural Himalayan communities. Arts and Sciences including Tibetan medicine and astrology; Tibetan thangka painting; Buddhist symbolism and art; Himalayan secular music. Kathmandu (Program Base) Students spend the first six weeks of the program living in Kathmandu, Nepal's crowded political and cultural capital, and home to a significant Tibetan exile community. During their time in Kathmandu, students live as part of a homestay family and attend lectures both at the program house and across the city. Students may experience a discussion on the Bön religion at a respected institute halfway up a mountain on the valley’s periphery, hear a lecture delivered by a traditional Ayurvedic doctor in the heart of the old town, or talk with the caretaker of one of Kathmandu's ancient pagoda shrines. The Kathmandu base facilitates exploration of Tibetan and related groups living in high altitude mountain settlements elsewhere in Nepal and beyond. Tibetan Language Study Students receive intensive language instruction in Tibetan during the program period in Kathmandu. Formal classroom instruction in Tibetan is complemented by traditional Tibetan tutorials that are characteristic of spiritual training in Buddhist text recitation and analysis. Less formal instruction is also provided during educational excursions. Students wishing to pursue an Independent Study Project in Nepal or one of the many Nepali-speaking regions of the Indian Himalayas or Bhutan also have the option of learning functional Nepali. Field Methods and Ethics The Field Methods and Ethics course focuses on cross-cultural and experiential learning. Content includes: Cross-cultural adaptation and skills building Appropriate methodologies Field study ethics and the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review Policy Developing contacts and finding resources Developing skills in observation and interviewing Gathering, organizing, and communicating data Maintaining a work journal Twentieth-century ethnography Assignments permit students to test the tools and methods introduced alongside discussions on ethics and intercultural readings. Throughout the Field Methods and Ethics course, students work to plan and 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 and learned colleagues. Independent Study Project Students spend the last month of the program working on an Independent Study Project (ISP) in which they conduct primary research on a selected topic. Projects are sited in Tibetan and Himalayan communities in Nepal or another approved location appropriate to the project. Students can opt to carry out their ISP research in Dharamsala or another approved location in India. The program maintains a branch base in Dharamsala with a library and IT resources. A highly experienced staff member is based on site to facilitate student ISPs. The ISP allows students to directly apply the concepts and skills of their experience-based learning in the Field Methods and Ethics course and their interdisciplinary coursework, while exploring a topic of particular significance to them individually. ISP sample topic areas include: Monastic universities for secular students from abroad: the case of the International Buddhist Academy in Tinshuli and its strong contingent of Chinese and Korean disciples Sherpa mountaineering encounters with the World Wildlife Fund, in Nepal and elsewhere in the Eastern Himalayas The politics of lavish sponsorship: a California-based Tibetan foundation renovating the Newar Buddhist hill shrine of Swayambhu HH the 17th Karmapa's daring reforms and his manifesto in favor of a vegetarian diet and environmental preservation The Mind and Life Conferences: Buddhism as a "science of mind and mental transformation" encounters neuroscience and cognitive psychology No longer mindless copying: original grand commissions for alumni at the Thangka Painting School, Shechen Gompa Buddhist art for sale: the semi-antique business and the emergence of a "first class fakes" industry Bön: the pre-Buddhist Tibetan religion and its first generation of Western disciples Options for Tibetan Muslims in exile
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
Unnamed Road, Tanzania
This program utilizes Zanzibar’s unique ecological context to explore specific environmental topics, including coral reef conservation, tropical forest management, and resource management. Through thematic coursework and direct field experience, you will examine issues arising from the tense juxtaposition of seasonal population growth and economic development with conservation of the local environment. You will learn to reframe notions of ecological sustainability in relation to local population needs, perspectives, and values. Please visit our website for more information.