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  • Locations: Salvador, Brazil; Vale do Iguape, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.5 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3-6 Eligible Population: General Public, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Study Abroad Host: School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Program Description:

Land, Power, and Culture in Brazil

The course Land, Human Rights, Power, & Culture in Bahia, Brazil, is a two-week field course working with local quilombo communities (at their request) in their struggle for economic, political, cultural, and social justice through conflict resolution approaches and multi-party engagement processes.

The field experience builds on work done in summer 2016 in collaboration with the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). Summer 2018 students will conduct interview research with local residents and community leaders as part of the action research field experience framework. Based on responses and in collaboration with quilombo community representatives, the research team (field experience students and faculty) will develop and present workshop curricula and engagement approaches that can used and adapted by various community organizations. The workshops conducted in 2016 have been adapted and presented by quilombo and landless people’s organizations to their networks of indigenous social justice activists across Bahia.

Program Description

 Credits Offered - 6 credits for course:

  • CONF 385 International Field Experience
  • CONF 398 Special Topics in Advanced Techniques and Practice
  • CONF 657 Facilitation Skills
  • CONF 695 Special Topic Electives


This program is open to all graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.


Lodging will consist of hotel/guest house in Salvador and Cochoeira (breakfasts included).

Program Cost (Summer 2018): $3,800

Application Deadline:  April 20, 2018
Deposit Due: May 4, 2018
Final Payment Due: June 1, 2018

  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Lodging
  • In-country Transportation
  • Some meals 
  • Cultural activities
  • Visiting speakers and instructors
  • Transportation within country
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Visas and immunizations
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary

Mandatory Pre-Trip Sessions:
TBD: Sessions will be posted in April and be held at the George Mason University Arlington campus.  Remote participation will also be possible.

Draft Course Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Salvador by mid-afternoon; get settled; money exchange, Dinner
Day 2 S-CAR team workshop – reviewing and revising assessment, research methods, practice approaches, etc.
Day 3 - Welcome by Dean; visit facilities; getting acquainted meeting with the Solidarity Economics team
- Workshop – overview of conflict analysis and resolution; mediation and processes for Solidarity Economics team members
- Cohort debriefing meeting and review of workshop design
Day 4 - Workshop – Solidarity Economics: history and background, overview of national and regional actions; projects and activities; contributions
- Discussions – redesign, organization of activities, etc. – both teams
- Cohort debriefing meeting and review of workshop redesign and preparations; materials
Day 5 Visit to community-based organization projects in Salvador; cultural awareness opportunities in Salvador and environs
Day 6 - Travel to Vale do Iguape, Cachoeira by van; get settled in
- Meeting with community workshop organizers and some community members; visit local areas of interest for the team (as planned by the community)
- Cohort debriefing meeting
Day 7 Field work in several communities – interviews with groups/organizations identified by community workshop organizers
-  Field work, continues
Day 8 - Workshop on conflict resolution and mediation - community members
- Workshop, continues
- Cohort debriefing meeting
Day 9 S-CAR team workshop and debrief; visit local sites
Day 10 - Workshop on conflict resolution and mediation - community members
- Workshop, continues
- Cohort debriefing meeting
Day 11 - Workshop on conflict resolution and mediation - community members
- Workshop; finishes at 6 p.m.
- Cohort debriefing meeting with community workshop organizers
Day 12 - Community session and closure
- Return to Salvador
- Meet with Solidarity Economics team;
Day 13 S-CAR team workshop and debrief
Day 14 Check out of hotel and leave Salvador for Virginia

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Contact Information

Director of Student Services and Field Experience
Lisa Shaw
(703) 993-8079

Patrica Maulden

Dr. K. C. Soares


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.