Please visit our website for more information. Explore Panama’s extraordinary biodiversity and the effects of human interactions with the environment. A four-week homestay in Panama City where students take intensive Spanish courses and begin the Comparative Tropical Ecology, Human Ecology and Conservation in the Tropics, and Research Methods and Ethics courses. A seven-week period in which students conduct field studies throughout Panama and part of Costa Rica A four-week Independent Study Project (ISP) period in which students focus on original research of their own choosing (see below as well as the coursework page for more information on the ISP) Each phase of the program exposes students to different ecosystems as well as perspectives on conservation and development through interactions with a variety of stakeholders — from banana plantation workers and members of forest-dwelling communities to experts on environmental policy and evolutionary theory. Live in Panama’s vibrant capital and largest city. During their homestay in Panama City, students participate in field excursions and attend lectures by local professors and professionals on a variety of subjects related to development and conservation, such as community forestry and the environmental impacts of current political and social events. Students are also immersed in Spanish language study through intensive language classes and daily interaction with their host families. This three-week period helps students become acclimated to Panamanian culture and introduces them to the relevant issues of development and conservation in the tropics. Improve your field study techniques through hands-on fieldwork at world-renowned research institutions. Along the Caribbean coast, students study marine ecology at the Smithsonian Institute’s Bocas del Toro Research Station, the premier research station located on Colon Island. While on excursion in Costa Rica, students study sustainable agriculture and sustainable technology innovation at the renowned EARTH University in Guapiles de Limon. The program’s research methods course teaches students how to collect, analyze, and report ecological data necessary to further understanding of terrestrial and marine ecological conservation. Field study methods include biotic sampling and analysis, fauna and flora identification, population analysis, and animal behavior. Complete an independent research project on a relevant topic of your choosing. Students spend the final part of the semester focused on an Independent Study Project (ISP). The ISP provides students with an opportunity to critically examine a specific topic related to environment and conservation in Panama. Typically, the ISP can be conducted in cloud forest highlands, coral reefs, lowland forests, mangroves, rural villages, indigenous communities, or other places appropriate to the topic. Students receive guidance from the program’s academic director and a project advisor who may be a professor from a local university, a researcher from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, or an expert from another organization. Some student ISPs have gained the attention and interest of local NGOs, conservation experts, and government officials. Sample topic areas include: Community resource management Regeneration of canopy emergents in primary forests Sustainable fisheries Coral reef organisms Mangrove health Sustainable agriculture Agroforestry Ecotourism for resource conservation Ethnobotany
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The program challenges students to reframe notions of sustainability in relation to local population needs, perspectives, and values. Through rigorous thematic coursework and hands-on experiential learning, students consider how natural resource management will benefit future generations in light of the current factors driving environmental degradation. Students explore the country’s diverse human and natural environments through seminars and field visits to nature reserves and conservation areas. Please visit our website for more information.
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.