Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) March 08, 2012
Carpe Diem Education, a leading global education organization specializing in gap year programs, today announced two new programs in Brazil and the Southwestern United States. Both programs are open to students beginning Fall 2012 with the option for college credit and financial aid.
“These new programs expand our commitment to experiential learning,” notes Ethan Knight, Executive Director at Carpe Diem Education. “Each program provides students with the opportunity to both learn from and contribute to communities that have played prominent roles in the history of the Americas.”
The addition of the Brazil and Indigenous America programs now gives Carpe Diem Education representation on five of the seven continents and represents its first semester program hosted in the United States.
The Indigenous America (I AM) semester is designed for students interested in the living history of Native American communities. Through intimate interaction with tribal leaders and organizations of the Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo Nations, students will gain a new appreciation of what it means to be “American”. Groups trek through some of the most beautiful regions of the United States and study contemporary immigration as well as the connection between culture, art, language, identity, and our relationship with the land.
The Brazil semester is designed for students looking to enhance their knowledge of Latin America and participate alongside local nonprofit organizations dedicated to addressing Brazil’s major social challenges, such as poverty, women’s empowerment, and environmental conservation. The program reinforces the importance of the Portuguese language and general need for better understanding of one of America’s most important neighbors. Students practice their Portuguese while partnering with locals in Rio and Salvador’s favelas, explore the Atlantic and Amazon rain forests, and learn how permaculture techniques work to preserve the enigmatic beauty of Brazil.
About Carpe Diem Education
Carpe Diem Education is one of the leading educational organizations offering overseas study programs specifically designed for gap year students. Intended to provide an environment for experiential learning, programs are structured around community service, travel, and cultural exchange. Leading semester and yearlong programs since 1998, Carpe Diem Education is one of the first gap year providers to offer university credit and federal financial aid. Through its partnership with Portland State University, students can earn a full semester of credit and then apply it towards PSU or transfer to another institution.