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Ramapo College - Peru: Engaging with Amazonian Livelihoods
Mahwah, United States; Puerto Maldonado, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/29/2018 06/27/2018
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Discipline of Study: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Science/Studies, Ethnic Relations, Gender Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Public Policy, Social Science, Women's and Gender Studies Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing Options: Ecolodge, Homestay, Research Station Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Status: 2nd year (Sophomore), 3rd year (Junior), 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior) Program Type: Study
Program Description:
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Roukema Center for International Education
Office of Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs
  

"Peru - Engaging with Amazonian Livelihoods"
 

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Credits: 4 
Program Location:  Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Term: Summer 
Minimum GPA: 2.5
All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible. Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.
 

Faculty

 

Eric Wiener
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
ewiener@ramapo.edu

Ashwani Vasishth
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
vasishth@ramapo.edu

Faculty Website

Ronald Calderon
Adjunct Professor
ronaldcalderon@ekologica.net
                                                
 

Course Description - "Engaging with Amazonian Livelihoods" (INTD 3xx)

 
This course provides students with an immersive experience with people, ecology and issues of the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon, which has one of the highest levels of biodiversity on earth. As an interdisciplinary course, students engage with a wide variety of communities, professionals, ecosystems and related topics. An underlying principle of the course is that students benefit from the diverse perspectives and expertise of the instructors, resource people and each other. The first nine days of the course take place at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where students gain extensive background about the ecology, culture, language, community structure, livelihoods, and economics in Madre de Dios. Subsequently, a three-week trip to Peru combines field excursions to communities and other sites along the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers with lectures, discussions and independent projects designed for each student to explore her/his own specific interests in close consultation with the instructors. Topics include Amazonian ecology, ecological culture in indigenous communities, community governance, perspectives of diverse stakeholders, ecosystem services, supply chains, sustainable development, ecotourism and subsistence and market-oriented, organic agriculture, forestry, and natural resource management as practiced by small landholders.  

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Our course of study  

 
This course – “Engaging with Amazonian Livelihoods” (INTD 3xx) - includes a wide range of experiential learning opportunities such as excursions to old-growth rain forest and river ecosystems, development projects, and field research centers and extended visits to local indigenous communities. 

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Preparations


There will be an extensive pre-departure orientation on culture, health, safety, as well as 1.5 weeks of on- and off-campus meetings prior to the departure from the U.S. 

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Accommodations  

 
Students will reside in eco-lodges, indigenous/local communities and a field research station.

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Student Assessment 

 
The final grade will be based on several assignments, including your field journal, a group presentation and the final project/paper.

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Cost

Program cost: $4750
(non-NJ Residents = $5875)
Program cost includes: Tuition fees for 4 credits; program reading materials; round-trip international airfare; comprehensive pre-departure and on-site orientation; comprehensive health & security insurance; accommodations; most meals; excursions and entrance fees; in-country program transportation; pre-departure and on-site orientations. 
Program cost does not include: US airport transfers; some meals; personal expenses and immunization costs.
    
 
For further information, contact
The Roukema Center for International Education
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road - ASB123, Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA
Telephone: (201) 684-7533
E-mail: goabroad@ramapo.edu