Please visit our website for more information. Live and study in Gulu. The program is based in the northern Ugandan city of Gulu, commonly referred to as Gulu town. Students live with a host family in Gulu for five weeks while attending lectures, engaging in Acholi language study, and traveling on excursions. In Gulu, students observe the cross-border dynamics between northern Uganda and southern Sudan as well as the work of the UN and other international humanitarian and development NGOs. For more than two decades, Gulu was at the epicenter of conflict in northern Uganda. During this period, thousands of Ugandans were displaced from their ancestral land and forced to settle in camps for internally displaced peoples, causing the area's population to swell from 20,000 to around 1,500,000. Thousands of Ugandans became dependent on local and international NGOs and humanitarian agencies such as the UN, the World Food Program, Oxfam, and Caritas for food, shelter, water, and clothing. Following the Juba Peace Talks (2006–2008), which brought safety and stability to the area, many people returned to their villages and have begun recovering from the effects of war by rebuilding their homes and fields, sending their children to school, and receiving psychosocial support. Students witness the damage the conflict inflicted on property, infrastructure, and the lives of the people. Today, Gulu town is rapidly developing, evident through the city's construction of new residential and commercial buildings, banks, and schools, and its trade with the Republic of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thematic seminar on post-conflict transformation and community building The program's multidisciplinary thematic seminar is taught by lecturers from Gulu University, Makarere University in Kampala, and other program partners and professionals working in the fields of community building, justice, reconstruction, and development. Key topics of study include: The social and political history of conflicts in Uganda National and ethnic identity Refugees and internally displaced peoples Peace restoration and community building The history of genocide and anatomy of conflict in Rwanda (comparative case study) Students discover how grassroots efforts by local organizations continue to play a central factor in addressing the economic, social, and psychological effects of conflict in both Uganda and Rwanda. Learn Acholi Students receive intensive instruction in Acholi, a widely spoken language in northern Uganda, and understood in southern Sudan, eastern Kenya, and western Congo. Classes are taught by native Acholi speakers and are designed to help students become more immersed in the community. Students are able to improve their language skills by speaking with their host families and through interactive assignments. Language instruction gives students the necessary grounding to use the language in day-to-day interactions as well as a framework for further language study on the ground. Learn research tools and ethical norms for doing research in a post-conflict environment. The program's Research Methods and Ethics seminar introduces students to the fundamentals of research design, field methodologies and ethical norms of conducting research in a post-conflict environment. As part of the course, students engage in briefing and de-briefing sessions to process their experiences surrounding the memorial visits. Complete a research- or practicum-based Independent Study Project. Students complete a research-based Independent Study Project (ISP) or a practicum-based ISP with a local NGO or association working in the area of peace-building, sustainable reconciliation, or economic development. This option gives students the opportunity to either reflect conceptually through field study on post-conflict achievements and community building in northern Uganda, or the chance to complete a practicum with an educational or human rights institution. Sample topic areas for the ISP include: Migration in northern Uganda; peace camp curriculum; national holidays and celebrations as markers of identity development; local perspectives on peace negotiations; print and radio coverage of conflict in Uganda; traditional political structures; economic dimensions of conflict; traditional justice systems; challenges of post-conflict reconstruction; gender and conflict; the politics of conflict memory; counseling and psychosocial support in post-conflict environments. Possible practicum sites include: Human Rights Focus; Caritas; Concerned Parents Association; St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor; Invisible Children; Acholi Cultural Institution (Ker Kwaro); Kitgum Youth Center; Straight Talk Foundation; TASO Counseling Center; Gulu Women's Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G); Gulu Local District Council; The Center for Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes Region; Norwegian Refugee Council; War Child Canada.
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.
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