University of Oregon

Summer

DIS - Stockholm

On this program, students choose an academic focus, consisting of a required core course and integrated study tours. Students take a required Swedish language and culture class, as well as elective courses from a wide variety of disciplines. Small class sizes, expert faculty, research opportunities, and field studies create an intense, experiential learning environment.

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Cultural Mirco-Enterprise Development in Cusco

The Cusco area offers enormous potential for cultural micro-enterprises, which are community organizations that promote local culture using business approaches. The main challenge facing cultural micro--enterprises in the developing world is their ability to simultaneously meet their social goals and remain economically viable.

The project supports organizations that largely work with rural people to preserve traditional cultural practices by training and linking them to market opportunities in the city.

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Pre-School and Kindergarten Teaching in Cusco

Building problems, insufficient number of qualified teachers, overcrowded classes, and shortage of educational materials negatively impact the quality of children's education in Cusco.

The project supports resource-poor kindergartens for children from local Quechua communities plagued by chronic poverty. In addition to problems in the local education system, many parents are illiterate and do not focus on their children's education.

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Elementary School Teaching in Cusco

Building problems, insufficient number of qualified teachers, overcrowded classes, and shortage of educational materials negatively impact the quality of children's education in Cusco.

The project supports resource-poor elementary schools for children from local Quechua communities plagued by chronic poverty. In addition to problems in the local education system, many parents are illiterate and do not focus on their children's education.

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Sports Organization in Cusco, Peru

Sports are used to help disadvantaged children develop healthy lifestyles and good social skills. A large percentage of children in Cusco are forced into labor or spend the day in the streets without support from family or educators. 

The project brings together children from poor neighborhoods in Cusco to tap the power of sport to encourage personal growth, instill a sense of optimism, and have fun.

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Caring for People with Disabilities in Merida

For Mexico's most vulnerable, especially children with disabilities, life remains a challenge. A lack of oversight and funding means many poor children and people with disabilities do not receive adequate care.

The caregiving projects support local organizations that provide disabled young adults and children emotional, educational and social support.

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Caring for Disadvantaged Youth in Merida

For Mexico's most vulnerable, especially children from disadvantaged backgrounds, life remains a challenge. Abuse and neglect are all too common in public centers, and while private institutions like religious organizations and NGOs help fill the need gap, they need more support.

The caregiving projects support local organizations that provide disadvantaged children emotional, educational and social support.

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Urban Reforestation in Merida

As Merida's population has grown alongside its booming tourism sector, the environment has come under serious pressure. There is widespread deforestation throughout the Yucatan, and poor infrastructure has meant every year tons of commercial and residential waste is never treated or recycled. Pollution has seeped into the soils and groundwater, which effects everything from the local wildlife to public health.

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Law and Human Rights in Phnom-Penh

As Cambodia leaves behind its difficult modern history, new challenges are emerging. Economic growth has been strong, but the distribution of wealth has been uneven and large segments of the population remain in poverty. A particular challenge in Phnom Penh stems from the Khmer Rouge nullifying private property rights in 1979. When the regime fell and people scrambled to claim property, the poorest were shut out and had to settle on state land.  Today, the people in the communities that subsequently sprung up are marginalized and face eviction.

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