Through this course, you will be introduced to the Kayapó, one of the indigenous peoples of Amazonia, as well as tropical forest ecology and the urbanization and development of Amazonia.
You will convene with your classmates and program director in Pará in Marabá to begin the program and then proceed to the frontier town of Tucumã, Pará.
You will live in tents at the research station in the rainforest on the edge of a Kayapó village in Aukre. In Marabá, you will stay in a hotel. Meals will be provided, but otherwise you should expect sleeping, showering and bathroom facilities comparable to those found in any wilderness camping experience.
You must be in good academic and judicial standing. Please refer to the Fact Sheet at the top of this page for specific eligibility requirements.
Coursework and time spent at Pinkaiti Research Station
Living and working in the village of Aukre learning about Kayapó culture and daily life
After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following UMD courses for a total of six (6) credits:
ANTH498C Advanced Field Training in Ethnography: Brazil: Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Peoples (6 credits)
ANTH238B or AMST269B Topics in Study Abroad II: Lived Existence: Perspective in Native American Identity (6 credits)
ANTH698C Advanced Field Training in Ethnology: Brazil: Ethnographic Fieldwork (6 credits)
LASC448F Special Topics in Latin American Studies: Brazilian Ethnography (3 credits) & LASC448G Special Topics in Latin American Studies: Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Peoples (3 credits)
THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR Matthew Aruch is currently the Assistant Director of the Science Technology and Society Program and PhD student in International Education Policy at UMD. Matthew did his undergraduate work in Biology at Mary Washington College (MWC) and has graduate degrees in Education from MWC (MS 2004) and Harvard University (MEd. 2011). Matthew spent several years teaching in Costa Rica, Honduras and the United States. He has been collaborating, work and teaching with the University of Cuenca and the communities of Shiña since the summer of 2012.
For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact the appropriate Regional Advisor in Education Abroad.
NOTE: Admission to this program is on a competitive basis. Applications will be reviewed between the application deadline ("last day to apply") and the decision date shown above. Education Abroad will send admissions notifications on or after the decision date.