Brazil: Public Health, Race, and Human Rights


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Students in the Brazil: Public Health, Race, and Human Rights program have several different homestay experiences, which help them gain a comprehensive picture of the socioeconomic differences comprising Brazilian daily life. Host families provide a safe and welcoming environment, allowing students to experience the different facets of Brazilian home life firsthand. Many students consider the homestay experience to be one of the most meaningful parts of the program.

Urban Homestay in Salvador
During the first seven weeks of the semester, students live with host families in Salvador, where they experience urban culture in the northeast, practice their Portuguese language skills, and learn about their host family's experience with the Brazilian healthcare system. Students are welcomed as members of their host family and integrated into the family's everyday life.

Students live in different socioeconomic neighborhoods — some underprivileged, some middle class. When possible, students are placed with homestay families that match their interests. 

Rural Homestays in Cachoeira and Remanso
Students also have a four-day homestay in Cachoeira and a seven-day homestay in Remanso.

During the excursion to Cachoeira, located in the Recôncavo Region of Bahia, a two-hour drive from Salvador, students have a short rural homestay experience in Alecrim, the rural area of Cachoeira. Most of the host families are small agricultural producers, mainly of cassava, okra, tropical fruits, and vegetables. For four days, students live with their host families while learning about the day-to-day cultural life and social determinants of health in this area.

In Remanso, students participate in a rural homestay in a quilombo located outside the city of Lençóis, in the Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina. For seven days, students learn about the intersections between physical environments and health.

Other accommodations on the program could include hostels, private homes, or small hotels.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Salvador

Language Study: Portuguese

Prerequisites: None, although a background in Portuguese, Spanish, or another Romance language is highly recommended. Read more...


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Fall 2013 Evaluations (PDF)
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Fall 2012 Evaluations (PDF)

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