This blog enables UCP-SARnet individual members and member organizations to learn about and share opportunities that seek to empower and educate. There is a separate channel to share opportunities that are specifically internships or fellowships.
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Covering an area roughly the size of Australia, the Amazon River Basin contains the world's largest tropical forest, second longest river, and an extraordinary diversity of plant and animal life. This region, recognized for its complex and delicately balanced ecosystems, provides a unique opportunity to explore the conflict between finite ecological resources and seemingly infinite human development demands.
Belem, the program base ideally located at the mouth of the Amazon, has a lush, tropical atmosphere and is a principal center for Amazonian research. Through Amazon River excursions, you gain firsthand insight into studies being undertaken in rain forest villages, research laboratories, extractive industry sites, and archeological sites. Current land use strategies and struggles are the focus of excursions to the Southern Pary, an area of extensive logging and land degradation, where…
This program engages the active peacebuilding community and non-government agencies in the Lake Victoria Basin. Students analyze sources of conflict and root causes, political and social aspects of the genocide, migration and refugee perspectives. It concentrates on traditional and current conflicts in the basin with a focus on Rwanda and Uganda and concludes in Tanzania, where students reflect on the experiences and learn about the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Perhaps no other region in Sub-Saharan Africa has suffered deeper political and civil instability than the Lake Victoria Basin. Conflicts there continue to cause civil dislocation, destruction of life and property as well as drain local and global resources. Uganda has had more military coups than any other country in the region. Though the country has had relative stability since 1986, civil strife in the northern part of the country has continued unabated since then. The Rwandan genocide is a…
Study current questions and policies relating to development and public health in Geneva, the world's capital for international organizations dedicated to public health, social justice, and sustainable development. Grounded in a framework of social justice, this program focuses on vulnerable groups, and critiques organizations that respond to their needs.
Classroom seminars are supplemented by lectures and briefings at international and nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, the Red Cross, the International Labor Organization, and the World Health Organization.
Interactive research studies and field excursions in Switzerland and France deepen students' understanding of the challenges faced by organizations that foster public health, human rights, peacebuilding, multilateral diplomacy, environmental accountability, and…
The Community Public Health summer program provides students with an introduction to basic healthcare issues in a Hispanic Caribbean context and increases their Spanish language skills to the advanced level by advanced Spanish conversation and grammar classes, coursework focused on pre-professional healthcare issues, a community health practicum, and a homestay. There are also excursions throughout the island, an urban community service project, and a one-week stay in a semi rural health clinic.
This seven-week program consists of six weeks of language and healthcare courses, and a weeklong semi-rural clinical field rotation. Students also participate in an urban community service practicum in and around Santiago as part of the academic curriculum.
Most PUCMM students specialize in a professions as the law, medicine, engineering,
education, or business. The only social science major is psychology. Like all universities in the Dominican Republic,…
Study the history, cultural norms, and political structures that help shape attitudes towards sexuality and gender. Pragmatic, socially liberal Netherlands is known for tolerance and openness, but issues of gender and sexuality are now a visible fault line between cultures in this increasingly multicultural society.
Internationally, the Netherlands promotes gender as a crucial aspect of economic and social development, and provides material support to womens and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Based in Amsterdam, students explore the intersections of Dutch and international perspectives. Students select one Sexuality and Gender Seminar program module from choices including Critical Theory, Tolerance and Sexual Health Education, or Filmmaking…
In this course offered through West Virginia University, students will spend 4 weeks studying in Tanzania to earn 3 credits in Political Science, and 3 credits in English, while volunteering with one of three dynamic community organizations working to improve conditions for women, children, and families in Tanzania: Family Alliance for Development & Cooperation (FADECO), Women Emancipation & Development Agency (WOMEDA), and the Nyakahanga Hospital.
This course incorporates both fiction through novels by and about women and real life experience through and collaborative work with women in Tanzania which will lead to students having a broader understanding of the experiences of women around the globe. Students have the opportunity to reflect on cultural perceptions of women and the common inequities they face, while contributing to the improvement of women's rights in a developing community. Students will also experience the beauty and…
What does it mean to prioritize land conservation in a region where the gap between rich and poor is worsening? What challenges do international trade agreements present those who seek national policies of sustainable development? What are the relationships between deforestation, water pollution and indigenous peoples?
This seminar will explore these and other questions by engaging in dialogue with Guatemalan individuals and organizations from diverse backgrounds and worldviews concerned with sustainable development and environmental justice. Sponsored by The Davidson Honors College and the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana.
* Visit the ruins of the ancient Mayan ceremonial center
* Experience the lowland tropical rainforest environment of the Peten
The Sustainability and the Environment program provides an in-depth understanding of sustainability and conservation biology, highlighting the challenges and rewards of identifying and implementing effective projects in a local context. Its goals being to offer students a theoretical foundation of conservation and sustainability, hands-on exposure through visits and an internship, courses in Spanish, and an appreciation of Costa Rican natural history.
The CIEE Study Center in Monteverde has a long tradition of high academic quality in the natural sciences. The Sustainability and the Environment program is open to environmental studies/science and related majors who have completed three courses related to environmental studies, including environmental science, conservation-related courses, policy and management, and/or sustainable development.
The program integrates lectures, field experience, student group work, lab work,…
Witness the emergence of new states and the challenges they confront, especially in ensuring minority human rights in the south Balkans. Throughout the South Balkans, the program considers the impact of international involvement, particularly UN peacekeeping, NATO humanitarian intervention, development assistance, and possibilities of European Union accession. The session also emphasizes the concept of reciprocity through a community action project in the Roma community in Skopje, Macedonia.
In Montenegro, an independent state since 2006, government officials and citizen groups are playing a watchdog role against corruption and for Muslim and Roma rights. In Kosovo, a United Nations-supervised territory since 1999, debates center on future status, institution building, and human rights for Serb, Roma, and other minorities. Macedonians are working to share power between majority Slavs and minority ethnic Albanians, as well as to integrate Europe's largest settled Roma community.
India, the world's largest democracy, is the cradle of one of the oldest and most influential civilizations on earth. Although Hinduism is the dominant religion, India also has the largest Muslim population in the world, as well as significant Christian, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist minorities. Dozens of different languages are spoken. The program is based in the city of Jaipur, the capital of the north Indian fabled state of Rajasthan and home to 1.5 million people.
Learning from experience is the core of Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID). The program aims to put students in direct contact with the social and economic realities of actual communities and of people working within them to address complex problems. Through classes, field trips, internships, and research, MSID strives to establish a continual dialogue linking experience with theory and critical analysis. Why are the rich richer and the poor poorer after decades of…