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Latin America Programs
As the first Alice Rowan Swanson Fellow, Eilers returned to the city of Arica, Chile to evaluate a clinic which provides women with traditional Aymaran birthing techniques within a modern medical facility.
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One chance decision to go to Bolivia would change the course of two young women’s lives: Hanna Melnick, SIT Study Abroad alum, and Jhenny Aguilar, a teenager from the slums of La Paz.
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Tim Soo and his SIT Study Abroad Panama classmates started a reciprocity project to provide educational scholarships to high school students in their host community.
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"I consider the work I will do for my Fulbright scholarship an extension of the work I did for my independent study with SIT. I would not have been able to propose this study if I had not first yet learned how the Chilean public health system worked. The SIT Chile public health program provided me with that background knowledge."
—Emily Lubell, University of Vermont
LIVE IN CENTRAL OR SOUTH AMERICA, A REGION UNDERGOING PROFOUND TRANSFORMATION.
Experience the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, increased environmental conservation, cultural renewal, shifting economic policies, and post-conflict transformation. Become immersed in a context that is politically active and rapidly changing.
IMPROVE LANGUAGE SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE A RICH ARTISTIC AND VIBRANT CULTURE.
Discover the region’s strong cultural identities, reflected in its varied musical, culinary, artistic, religious, and architectural heritage. Improve your Spanish and Portuguese language skills or learn Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andean region.
EXAMINE ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT MODELS AND A RISE IN SOCIAL ACTIVISM.
Witness firsthand the strong activism of the Bolivian coca growers, the Argentine piqueteros, Brazilian landless rural workers (MST), and other social movements across Latin America championing alternative development models and socioeconomic policies.
CONDUCT FIELDWORK ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION IN RENOWNED SITES.
- Studying in the Brazilian Amazon River Basin.
- Exploring the biology of three major contrasting tropical life zones in Ecuador: lowland rainforest, highland ecosystems, and insular marine environments.
- Learning alongside experts at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, the premier scientific research institute in the world.
GAIN HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH.
Experience policy and practice in the field of public health in rural, urban, marginalized, and wealthy communities. Visit health clinics and hospitals while learning about regional illnesses such as malaria, dengue, and leshmaniasis, and global diseases like diabetes and HIV/AIDS.
ENJOY DIRECT ACCESS TO IN-COUNTRY ACADEMICS, ACTIVISTS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.
Through the program’s extensive networks and recourses, gain access to leading academics, facilities, host communities, natural areas, activists, politicians, and NGO leaders.
"The SIT Nicaragua program is unique because of the opportunities students have to actually learn in the field. Every experience—from living in a small rural community in the Nicaraguan mountains to living with a family who survived the civil war in El Salvador—opens your eyes to the reality of what life is like in a developing country. If I could, I would go back in time to relive my SIT Nicaraguan experience. Without a doubt, it was the best experience I have had in Latin America."
—Erica Felker-Kantor, Boston University