Brazil is a remarkable country in South America. The only country in the continent with Portuguese as the official language, Brazil distinguishes itself as an economic powerhouse, and an important agricultural exporter. In addition to being one of the world's breadbaskets, Brazil has the third-largest manufacturing sector in the Western Hemisphere. With industries ranging from automobiles, steel and petrochemicals to computers, aircraft, and consumer durables. Cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo are popular destinations for businessmen, tourists and students alike. There is never a dull moment to be had in these lively cities.

3 places to visit in Brazil




Did you know?

Brasil has been the largest producer of coffee for the past 150 years

Brasil has the largest Japanese community outside Japan 

90% of new cars sold run on ethanol which is produced from sugar cane

Rio de Janeiro actually means "January River"

Rio de Janeiro was once the capital of Portugal

Voting is mandatory in Brazil

Water Crisis:

Why Where When

A 10-Day Faculty-Led Program in São Paulo, Brazil


In the last few years, the southeast region of Brazil has faced the most severe water shortages of its history. Although the crisis has been aggravated by a lack of planning, and arguably poor administration, the drought has been driven by an ecological disequilibrium playing out thousands of kilometers away in the world’s largest rainforest.

In this program students will have the chance to see the origins of this crisis and draw connections with the ongoing struggle between the health of the Amazon Rainforest and the affect it’s having on Brazil’s entire Southeast region. This region is critical, as it includes the fertile breadbasket of the nation as well as the most populous city in South America. Through a series of talks, site visits, and excursions students will see the whole picture and be able to draw their own conclusions.


DAY 5: Meetings with Sustainable Collectives

Students will visit organizations working on solutions for capturing rainwater, new methods of water filtration, raising awareness of home composting, and creating and maintaining vertical gardens. These organizations are all working to alleviate the crisis in new and different ways.

DAY 2: Visit to The Change of View Office  
This organization is a social business that works to contribute to the continuing development of the world. Founded in 2004, they strive to develop "out of the box"  methods of communication and mobilization in the journey towards sustainability in urban settings. The company headquarters is in the Impact HUB, a coworking space which reflects its start-up mentality and creative thinking.

A 12-Day Faculty-Led Program in São Paolo and Curitiba

This program will examine sustainable development not from the traditional social angle but rather the corporate impact and effect the private sector can have on sustainable development. During this program students will strengthen their knowledge of ideas, discussions, practices and importance of social responsibility and sustainability in modern management and corporate strategy.

Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility

A 14-Day Faculty-Led Program in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil is a growing area of the startup and nonprofit worlds with companies and organizations working in all areas of development and social welfare. Rio de Janeiro is an ideal setting for such endeavors. Through class lectures, and discussion of real-world case studies students will gain an up-close perspective on social enterprise in Brazil. At the conclusion of the program students will visit a social enterprise and collaborate on an international fundraising project for a Brazilian non-profit organization.






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