Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Iquitos, Peru; Lima, Peru
- Program Terms: Early Fall
- Budget Sheets: Early Fall
|Academic Term||Early Fall|
|08/17/2019 - 09/14/2019|
|Estimated Program Fee||$3,550|
|Program Directors||Jorge A. Alarcon | firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin Bidman email@example.com
|Priority Application Deadline||February 15, 2019|
|Extended Application Deadline||March 3, 2019|
|Information Sessions||TBD - Please contact program directors for more information|
Iquitos, a city in the Amazon Rainforest, is the fifth largest city in Peru with 0.5 million people. The organically formed urban development has exacerbated poverty levels and social inequity with profound implications to quality of life, health and well-being and ecological resilience. This interdisciplinary exploration seminar is offered by the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Global Health. The program will immerse students in contemporary interdisciplinary dialogue surrounding the intersection of urban design, global health and ecology in the vulnerable yet globally valuable Amazon ecosystem. Students will study the last pristine ecosystems in the Amazon Rainforest and compare to new urban nodes outside the reserves as well as mature urban development that are coming face-to-face with social, ecological and health crises at a local level, and climate change impacts at the global scale. Students will also visit projects and initiatives that lead efforts aimed to mitigate these problems and will apply tools to research, document and assess the built and natural environment that will extend ongoing design and research projects of the Informal Urban Communities Initiative. Students in the program will also work with local Peruvian students potentially from the Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía and Universidad Científica del Peru to explore the social and environmental drivers and impacts of rapid urbanization in the Peruvian Amazon and their impacts on human and environmental health. This program will include three general areas of study – 1) Social, Cultural and Ecological Context 2) Community Based Participatory Action and Community Intervention 3) Health and Built Environment Impact Research and Intervention Assessment - and will place particular emphasis on the assessment of a built environment intervention and evaluating the impacts on human and environmental health in an underserved informal urban community in the Peruvian Amazon. The program will include lectures and discussions, organizational site visits, field trips, community workshops, and field assessments. Students will examine questions such as: What are the social, political and environmental drivers and implications of rural-urban migration? What are the socio-cultural, spatial and material characteristics of Iquitos' public spaces and their impacts on health? What are the everyday conditions of life for people and animals in the Peruvian Amazon like? How might community based participatory action and community interventions in the built environment serve as agents of positive change in underserved communities?
Iquitos: We will spend much of the program in Iquitos. Students will stay in rental housing located in the district of Iquitos. This area is a safe setting for students, convenient for all activities and easily accessible for guest lecturers and Peruvian students. Students will have a shared kitchen in their rental units to prepare food and will be responsible for their own meals. The housing should be paid in cash in advance of the program.The following additional services will be provided to students; Dedicated vehicles/bikes for transportation Airport pickup/drop-off for students Conference room for discussions, lectures, and program activities Field Trips: We will take a 7 day field trip to the Pacaya Samiria Preserve. During the Pacaya Samiria field trip we will stay at a lodge located at the border of the preserve and will camp for 1-2 days inside the preserve.
None Students will participate in field activities that may require significant physical exertion. During field trips we will be hiking to reach community projects/initiatives and other sites.
5 UW Quarter Credits
The program begins with excursions to the last pristine ecosystems in the Amazon rainforest and then visits to the new urban nodes to understand the social, ecological and health crises in these areas. The student will visit projects that lead efforts to mitigate these problems and will learn tools to assess different aspects of the city. The program will include three general areas of study – 1) Social, Cultural and Ecological Context 2) Community Based Participatory Interventions 3) Health and Built Environment Impact Research Students will examine questions such as: What are the social, political and environmental drivers and implications of rural-urban migration? What are the socio-cultural, spatial and material characteristics of Iquitos' public spaces and their impacts on health? What are the everyday conditions of life for people and animals in the Peruvian Amazon like? How might community based participatory action and community interventions in the built environment serve as agents of positive change in underserved communities?
Learning goals include:
To help students cultivate interdisciplinary critical, multi-scalar systems thinking, creativity research and practical skills to analyze and respond to development issues in Peru and other developing countries. To introduce students to the processes of rural urban migration and the challenges of ecosystem resilience and poverty through a combination of theoretical exploration, technical experimentation, first-hand engagement and reflection. To promote the value of interdisciplinary activism and design thinking as a creative, synthetic approach to problem solving in complex developing contexts. To strengthen student knowledge of and competency in health assessment in the built environment. To promote learning and research through the application of knowledge and engagement with communities To strengthen students' ability to work both independently and collaboratively across cultures, to learn from success and failure and to adapt to unfamiliar and evolving circumstances..
Mr. Alarcon holds an appointment in the Global Health Department and has been a Lecturer in the Landscape Architecture Department. He is a Peruvian architect, and holds a Master in Landscape Architecture and Certificate in Global Health from UW. His skills in both these areas are demonstrated in being dually honored as a Fogarty Global Health Scholar with the National Institutes of Health (2009) and an Olmsted Scholar with the Landscape Architecture Foundation (2016). He is bilingual in both Spanish and English, and speaks basic Portuguese. He has more than ten years of professional experience in design and construction with impoverished communities in Peru, and has been conducting research and teaching US undergraduates and graduate students for nine years, three of which took place in Iquitos. He has lead Exploration Seminars in Peru since 2011 and has lead design and research projects involving students in Iquitos since 2015.
Austin is a licensed nurse with a background in Geography and Spanish. She was awarded the first Global Nursing Scholarship from the University of Washington's School of Nursing to do research in Iquitos, She was a Fogarty-Kuskaya Global Health Fellow to continue researching health systems in Peru. Her research experience focus on community health, global health, clinical health, first AID and environmental health. She has experience leading interdisciplinary projects and teams abroad and has been co-director of this program in 2019.
Leann Andrews is a lecturer in the Landscape Architecture Department, a PhD Candidate in the Built Environment Program, and holds a Master in Landscape Architecture and Certificate in Global Health from UW. She has been working with impoverished communities in Peru alongside Mr. Alarcon since 2011, and has experience leading students across many different disciplines in academic programs both Lima and Iquitos. Leann has been working in Iquitos since 2015; she spent the 2016-2017 Academic Year as an NIH Fogarty Global Health Scholar stationed in Iquitos- throughout the year she led 6 students and 6 faculty from a variety of departments at UW on academic and research endeavors. Aside from teaching and research, her professional background is in ecological restoration, community activism and sustainable urban design
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Local airplane tickets (Lima-Iquitos-Lima) will be included. All meals during field activities are included. During the time in the city, breakfast and lunches will be included.