Please visit our website for more information. Amsterdam (program base) Based in Amsterdam, this program offers rich opportunities for students to explore issues of migration, gender, and sexuality based on their interests. Amsterdam’s wealth of community organizations focused on sexuality and gender issues allows students to get actively involved and learn from professionals, researchers, and activists. Community volunteer opportunities help students develop their learning and communicative skills when working with a local organization. In addition, working with these organizations helps students gain access to the community or research subjects that they want to study for their ISP, thus gaining an inside perspective on Dutch society. Specialized archives and research centers The Netherlands hosts a number of specialized archives and research centers related to the program’s themes. Students visit and make use of the International Gay and Lesbian Archive and Information Center housed at the Amsterdam Public Library, the library and archive of the women’s movement in the Atria Knowledge Institute for Emancipation and Women’s History, and the Rutgers World Population Foundation social-sexology library. Students also attend lectures and events at the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality at the University of Amsterdam. Scholars from the center occasionally lecture for SIT and advise students on their Independent Study Projects. Students can also visit the UvA Pride Lectures — a series of lectures focused on LGBTQ topics — at the University of Amsterdam. Local excursions In addition to the program’s major excursion to Morocco, students experience local excursions that include a trip to The Hague where students visit the HIVOS international development organization, which supports women’s and LGBT groups around the world. During the visit to the Rutgers World Population Foundation in Utrecht, students meet with professionals involved in developing sex education curriculum and programs used in the Netherlands and internationally. Independent Study Project Students spend part of the semester developing and refining their Independent Study Project (ISP) proposal. Students then devote four weeks near the end of the semester working on the ISP in which they pursue original research on a selected topic of interest to them. The ISP is conducted in Amsterdam or another approved location appropriate to the project. Sample topic areas include: Life stories of female farmers in the Netherlands Multicultural approaches to sex education Female body image in magazines and its effect on women’s self-perception Perceptions of virginity among young lesbian women The role of Afro-Surinamese women in community activism in Amsterdam Bijlmer Identity and belonging among male GBT Muslim migrants and refugees Family life among same-sex couples
Please visit our website for more information. The SIT Bolivia program offers students a wide range of experiences in different communities and the opportunity to interact with families, community leaders, diverse experts, and organizations as they explore community well-being in Bolivia. Exploring Cochabamba The program is based in Cochabamba, located in the heart of Bolivia, nestled within a valley surrounded by the Andes mountain range. It is strongly influenced by indigenous Quechua culture and is often referred to as the "city of eternal spring" due to its pleasant temperate climate. The city is home to the largest outdoor market in Latin America, and, although its metropolitan population has reached one million, it is difficult to walk through the center of town or through one of its many beautiful parks and plazas without bumping into someone you know.  Take part in three homestays. During the first six weeks of the program, students live with urban host families in Cochabamba. As part of the seminar on community well-being and resilience, students will also have the opportunity to live for three days with an Aymara host family on the shores of Lake Titicaca and for two days with a host family in the rural Bolivian Amazon. Engage with academic, professional, and community experts. Students are exposed to a wide range of people and perspectives. Students meet local families in Cochabamba, indigenous community members in the tropical and highland regions, NGO workers and aid experts, spiritual leaders, feminist activists, artists, and others. The program looks at issues from many perspectives to productively complicate students’ understanding of community well-being and resilience. Develop your ability to work with communities. Learn how diverse local cultures perceive and live in communities. Students engage with the controversial question about what it means to “help” as an outsider and learn firsthand what is unique and important for community resilience. This aspect of the program helps prepare students for possible career paths in community work. Take part in a final workshop. The final workshop is tailored to linking these experiences in Bolivia with community work in other sites. Students consider a number of questions related to community work, including: How can one best enter into a community and try to be helpful? How might the experience of having examined indigenous and Western concepts related to well-being affect the way you take on future work with families, community organizations, and others? Develop your Spanish or Quechua skills. Build your Spanish skills for use onsite and in the future, or add Quechua to your language learning. In addition to small-group language courses, almost all program components are conducted in Spanish. Students who place out of our advanced level course may choose to take advanced literature or Quechua courses instead (for an additional cost). Participate in notable excursions and events. The group travels to communities in the Andean Altiplano and the Amazonian lowlands. Complete an Independent Study Project (ISP). All students produce a final Independent Study Project (ISP). The ISP offers students the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of their choice within the program’s broad concerns. The ISP can be conducted in Cochabamba or other sites in Bolivia, as approved by the academic director. While some students choose to produce an extended research paper, other students choose a nontraditional format, such as documentary, dance, theater, photography, or a bilingual children's book as part of their Independent Study Project. Sample topic areas for the ISP include: Systems of Andean community justice in rural communities Integrating traditional midwives into rural community hospitals serving indigenous families Using dance to raise awareness of discrimination against Afro-Bolivians Decolonizing education within Bolivia’s rural indigenous universities Psychology of children of Bolivian migrants Women leading the fight against mining contamination in their communities
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.