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IEX J-Term 2019: Culture and Social Justice in Brazil
Salvador, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: January Interim
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Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture, learn basic Portuguese, and explore how Salvadorans approach social justice.


Salvador, Bahia has everything for the student who wants to experience the rich diversity of Latin America while also embracing a social justice agenda. One of the most vibrant cultural centers on the continent, Salvador’s carnival, music, and dance are world renowned. As Brazil’s fourth largest city and its first colonial capital, Salvador has played a key role in Brazil's historical formation. A major port of entry for the African slave trade, Salvador is a central point of reference within the African Diaspora and home to Afro-Brazilian cultural practices such as the martial art-dance capoeira and the Candomblé religion. Located on Brazil’s northeastern Atlantic coast Bahia enjoys a playful beach culture and a regionally specific coastal cuisine, and a tropical ecosystem -- Bahia was the first port of call in the Americas for Charles Darwin aboard The Beagle. Students on the trip will explore how Afro-Brazilians and their allies have used culture and social movements to push back against Bahia’s stark inequalities of race, class and gender. Portuguese language ability is not necessary for the trip, but you’ll have the chance to practice Portuguese every day.

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  • Visit cultural centers of Samba, Capoeira and Candomblé.
  • Observe and even participate in local festivals.
  • Learn how inequalities of race, class and gender are structured in Latin America.
  • Explore community-based social justice in action and investigate the ways that Afro-Brazilians have used culture and social movements to push back against structures of domination.
  • Stay with host families and learn basic Portuguese.
  • Excursions to the tropical island of Itaparica and the inland city of Cachoeira.
  • Participate with other young people in service learning and community outreach programs. 
  • Course fulfills one of the two IEX credits required for graduation

  • Salvador is the third largest city in Brazil and the capital of Bahia province. Founded by Portuguese colonists in the sixteenth century and the first slave port in the Americas, Salvador is both home to the colonial architecture of the Pelourinho district--a UNESCO World Heritage site--and a rich center of Afro-Brazilian culture.  
Scott Ickes in SalvadorFaculty Director
Scott Ickes has been an expert on Brazil for nearly twenty years. He teaches courses in history, politics and culture at Gustavus Adolphus College and is the author of Afro-Brazilian Culture and Regional Identity in Bahia, Brazil (2013). He has traveled, worked and lived in Brazil many times over the last two decades. 

Academic Calendar 
Approximate dates for 2019 are as follows: 
Two to three pre-departure meetings during Fall semester 2018.  If you’re studying away during this semester, contact Scott Ickes for arrangements. 
On-site program:  approximately January 5 to January 27, 2019

Students will live with host families in Salvador, Bahia, where they will also enjoy two meals per day: breakfast and dinner.

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The program fee will cover round-trip airfare to Brazil, transportation within Brazil, students' Brazilian visa, lodging with a local family, two meals per day, Portuguese language instructions, and excursions and entrance fees. The final fee will be dependent upon the number of students who apply and are accepted. We estimate the final fee to be between $4,500 and $4,800 per student. Students will be responsible for the cost of one meal per day, personal expenses, and obtaining necessary travel vaccinations (cost will vary according to students' insurance plans).  

All Gustavus Adolphus College students who meet the general study away requirements are welcome to apply.

Application Deadline 
Students must complete the online application by April 30, 2018. 

Entry visas and passports
U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Brazil. Students will work with CICE on entry visa requirements, but they must have a passport that is valid through at least July 31, 2019, by the start of Fall 2018 semester. 

The information in this online brochure is subject to change. Please contact CICE with questions.
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