Read about Chris Donnelly's experience during the 2011 program.
Students will explore the effects of politics and society on technology, and vice versa, in the State of Bahia in Northeast Brazil. Experiences focus on politics, society, and technology with populations that are underprivileged and disabled. Through readings, discussions, tours of museums and local areas, and interviews with local officials, students will learn about the politics in Northeast Brazil, both past and present. The effects of politics and technologies on society, in particular the lower class, will be experienced by visiting and interacting with the Favelas and medical facilities for the poor, as well as a natural resources conservation and research facility. Local technologies will be experienced through the engineering research laboratories at the Universidad Estadual de Santa Cruz, and by participating in a workshop where Brazilian citizens learn to utilize the land and natural resources in a sustainable way to provide income to their families.
ENGINEERING STUDENTS ONLY: Students will learn social responsibility by providing useful and important technologies to persons with disabilities that otherwise could not afford assistance. Students will deliver the devices created previously by engineering students, train appropriate personnel on the use and care of the devices, and make any necessary adjustments to the devices.
Complete the online application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education by December 1, 2012.