Program Details

Our residential sustainability courses, partnering with the State Federal Technical Institute and the Center for Sustainable Living of Muncie, Indiana, focus on hands-on scientific projects and intercultural communication. Brazilian and international stud
Location:
Muriae, Brazil
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Environment, Health
Duration:
1-2 weeks, 1-3 months, 4-6 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Our goal at the Iracambi Research Center is to equip global citizens to navigate an increasingly complex world. Our Center offers a welcoming, safe space year round for researchers, interns, students and volunteers (individually or in faculty-led groups) to live and work on the cutting edge of conservation and development. Our four week sustainability courses provide an intercultural immersion experience where Brazilian and international students seek to identify and implement practical solutions to the challenges of sustainability in a fragile ecosystem.

Our residential sustainability courses, partnering with the State Federal Technical Institute and the Center for Sustainable Living of Muncie, Indiana, focus on hands-on scientific projects and intercultural communication. Brazilian and international students live and study together, open their imaginations to exciting new ways of problem solving and unleash their creative potential. They collect and analyze data on weather, water quantity and quality, forestry and agricultural systems, best practice reforesty and sustainable harvesting and processing of forest products.

Iracambi provides a unique opportunity for students to experience at grassroots level the realities of economic development and environmental conservation in an isolated rural community, where what you discover and do can have a real impact on the lives of real people. Whether you join a sustainability course, take a semester abroad (we can arrange academic credit through the Federal Technical Institute,) carry out your own research project, or come to lend us your skills as a volunteer, we’re pretty sure you will have the time of your life.
Setting Description:
Situated in the forested mountains of Minas Gerais, Iracambi is 350 km from Rio, at an altitude of 800m which gives it a wonderful climate year round. The Research Center is located five km from the Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the state, and home to numerous endangered species of fauna and flora. There are mountains to climb, excellent hiking and camping, great birding, you can swim in our rock pools or you can just hang out in a hammock.
Cost:
At Iracambi we believe in making our programs as accessible as possible. Our basic charge is US$700 per student per course, which covers tuition, meals and dormitory accommodation. For a shared room in one of our two-room cabins we charge $800. Beer and small luxuries are always available to buy in our restaurant. You should allow around $150 for your round trip from Rio airport, and some nationals will have to pay for a visa. So all in all, we reckon it’s a pretty good deal!

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