Amizade: Brazil

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  • Location(s): Santarem, Brazil
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship, Volunteer, Intensive Language, High School

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The Tapajós region is located in the western part of the state of Pará, Brazil. The region comprises 25 municipalities, over one million people, and covers 722,358 square kilometers. The majority of the region is tropical forest and includes the T... read more

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The Tapajós region is located in the western part of the state of Pará, Brazil. The region comprises 25 municipalities, over one million people, and covers 722,358 square kilometers. The majority of the region is tropical forest and includes the Tapajós National Forest and other biological preserves. The main city in the region is Santarém which located on the confluence of the Tapajós and Amazon Rivers.

The region is much poorer than the rest of Brazil. In recent years, however, several large multinational agribusiness companies have begun to clear-cut the region and grow soy and rice. The extension of non-tropical economic activities is altering a significant portion of the existing ecosystems. This growth is causing major environmental impact.

Poverty and the problems associated with poverty such as inadequate housing, poor health and nutrition, a failing educational system, etc. are prevalent throughout Santarém and its surrounding regions. The city has a population of over 300,000 people. Consequently, with its already limited resources, the city has not been able to provide services for the ever-growing population nor has it been able to address the expanding rate of poverty, especially to those who live in the periphery of the city.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Volunteer
Intensive Language
High School
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • January Term
  • Spring Break
  • Custom
Instruction Language(s):
  • Portugese
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