Brazil: New Years in Brazil

December 27, 2012January 4, 2013

In Brazil, former urban guerrilla and political prisoner Dilma Rousseff was elected the country’s first female president in October. Her election signals the changing role of women (and grassroots activism) in the largest and fastest-growing country in South America.

Meeting with Afro-Brazilians, youth and other minority groups, we will work to understand how communities from the social periphery are coming together to resist corporate globalization, and offer alternative models of civil society participation and development. On this Reality Tour, we'll delve into these social and environmental issues, but then step back to take in the rhythm of daily life. Explore the country's vibrant music and dance, dedication to soccer, and thoughts on the 2016 summer Olympics.

In addition to getting an inside look at this dynamic regional superpower, tour members will experience New Year’s in Rio de Janeiro — the second biggest party in Brazil after Carnaval!

Please email Corina if you would like to recieve a sample itinerary for this delegation.

Program Highlights may include: 
    Meet with the MST (Landless Workers' Movement) and see how they are transforming their efforts in response to the collapse of the global economy.
  • Work with street kids involved in urban recycling projects.
  • Visit an eco-village built with permacultural methodology.
  • Dialogue with women's groups and other grassroots organizations working against transnational agribusiness efforts to change the landscape and restructure the economy.
  • Visit sustainable lakeside fishing communities working to preserve their livelihoods.
  • Travel to the Uruguayan borderlands and see the increasing importance of informal commerce and local development.
  • Move beyond the mega-centers of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and traverse the stunning southern Brazilian landscape.
  • All activities subject to change, depending on availability and guide discretion.

Price Includes: 
  • Double-room accommodations; ground transportation including airport pick-up and drop-off; Global Exchange bilingual trip leader; preparatory reading and orientation materials; admission and fees to all program activities; two meals a day (breakfast and dinner).
  • NOT INCLUDED: airfare, airport departure taxes, lunches, tips, and personal expenses. Single rooms are available for an additional $200.
  • Please note: All Global Exchange participants who arrive and depart on scheduled trip dates are guaranteed airport transportation. Please notify Program Coordinator of any special travel arrangements.

How to Register: 

To register, please send in your application form and a deposit of $400. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome. Deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is canceled by Global Exchange as explained below.

Please note: We must meet a minimum number of trip participants on every trip, so please register early!

To ensure that all participants can plan accordingly, the minimum number of participants must be reached within 30 days before departure, or the trip will be canceled. If the trip cancels registered participants can choose to receive a full refund or transfer to a future group. Once a trip is confirmed (reaches the minimum # of participants) registrations may be accepted up to 30 days before the departure date.

This trip will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences. In some cases, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for low-income applicants.

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