Recreation & Tourism Field School to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Douglas Ribeiro da Silva World Leisure Centre of Excellence
Field School to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Field School Dates: August 24 - September 1, 2018

The World Leisure Centre of Excellence is hosting an international field school with 5 positions available for VIU graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Recreation and Tourism. There will be 30 students in total participating from NHTV Breda, The Netherlands, University of Otago, New Zealand, VIU and numerous Brazilian Universities. The WLCE is a worldwide network for academics, professionals and students in the field of leisure. The focus of the field school will explore Dark Tourism, which can be studied under various names; favela, slum, township, poverty tourism and poorism. A community based response to the growing demand for tourism in the favela, and an organized response to the exploitation carried on by favela tours today has a far reaching leisure context that will be explored in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Students will also participate in the World Leisure Organization Congress themed Leisure Beyond Constraints.

Program Considerations:

  • The field school component will require walking for long periods, comfortable clothing and an average fitness level required.
  • Numerous accommodation options will be provided from home stays, lodges, University housing, and hostels. All within Sau Paulo or surrounding communities. 
  • All participants must enroll in and purchase the mandatory out-bound medical insurance through International Insurance. Education Abroad will contact participants with instructions on how to enroll. See our insurance webpage for more information.
  • Meets requirements for SLM 606 Field Study (graduate students) or (TRMT 391 Field Study & RMGT 480 Issues, Trends & Professional Practice in Recreation) for undergraduate students. Applicable tuition and student fees apply.
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