Friday, December 12, 2008

Poverty and Promise in Northeastern Brazil

Though Northeastern Brazil is one of the most beautiful regions in the Americas, it is also among the poorest. In the areas along the Amazon River and its tributaries, residents live in dirt-floored huts with only one central pump to serve as a source of clean water for an entire community. Our group will study the socioeconomics of the region during a series of required overnight retreats in the fall semester (October 10-11, November 14-15, and December 4-5). 
While in Brazil, we will work almost every day on community development projects, probably including ecological work, participation in programs for youth, and building and construction. 
The course itself will involve production of multimedia presentations about the people we encounter. We will present these to the campus and surrounding community in the spring semester (2/11)

Shawny Anderson, Jesse Wheeler
Travel Dates: January 5-26
Dates on Campus: January 27-30