Program History

Program History


Students participating in the Portuguese FS/LSA program during the summer term of 2011 will be participating in the fourth offering of the new LSA program. In addition to the excitement of being the fourteenth group to come to Brazil, students in the program should be especially aware of the fact that this program will be the seventh program in Salvador, Bahia. The program in Brazil is located in an urban center. This means that the demands placed on the Dartmouth student are necessarily greater in the sense that he/she will have to adapt to an urban environment that does not offer all of the social and cultural protection that small towns generally offer. If on the one hand, this may prove to be a much more challenging experience, on the other, it quite literally means that certain precautions are to be taken and certain norms are to be absolutely respected.

Courses and Schedule


Language Study Abroad is an ACADEMIC Program
Portuguese 3: Intensive Intermediate Portuguese. Grammar and Conversation (Staff from ACBEU)
Portuguese 5: Studies in Brazilian Culture and Civilization (Staff from ACBEU)
Portuguese 6: Introduction to Brazilian Literature (Professor Francisco Ferreira de Lima)
Schedule:Classes from 8:20 to 12:00, M-T-W-Th, and activities on some afternoons
Attendance is absolutely compulsory.

Summer term / Week 7 – Holiday Week. No classes are held during this week so that students may travel to another part of Brazil - the interior of Bahia, the Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, etc. During the academic break students must remain within Brazil.


General Country Information





Before You Go

Medical Evacuation and Travel Assistance Program


Dartmouth College has contracted with a company called International SOS (ISOS) to provide worldwide assistance and evacuation services for all study abroad participants. More information about the ISOS program can be found by visiting the following web site:http://www.dartmouth.edu/~rmi/travel/index.html. The group membership number for all Dartmouth College students, faculty and staff is:11BSGC000018. Additional information about the ISOS program will be distributed to students at the mandatory Health and Safety Meeting held each term.

Passport


All off-campus program participants are required to have a valid passport. Some countries require that your U.S. passport be valid at least 6 months or longer beyond the dates of your trip.
You should carry a photocopy of your passport with you at all times. Carrying a photocopy and leaving your passport in your home should minimize the risk of loss. A scanned copy of your passport can be stored at the Dartmouth College International SOS website. Please log on to the ISOS website using the Dartmouth College group membership number and follow the link “Activate your Emergency Record.”
Visas
All US students are required to have a visa. If you are a non-U.S. student, please consult with the Brazilian Consulate http://boston.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/ for your requirements. This process requires several steps and it is important that you do not leave this until the last minute. Off-Campus Programs will provide you with a letter from ACBEU confirming your enrollment, but it is up to you to acquire the additional documentation (i.e. criminal background check) that you need for your application. The visa you will apply for is the VITEM IV. We STRONGLY advise you to get your visa at the Consulate General in Boston, as they are familiar with our program. There is a cost for the visa. Please consult with the consulate about specifics and updates. Their website is: http://boston.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/visa_services_%28english%29.xml
Health Insurance
If you have waived Dartmouth Student Group Health Plan (DSGHP) enrollment because you have other health insurance, please be certain to check your policy to see that coverage is extended to accidents and illnesses sustained outside the U.S. Prior to departure you are urged to discuss personal health plan coverage with your parents and your insurance carrier. Be certain to have proper health insurance identification with you, along with any instructions needed should you have to file a claim.

Yellow fever vaccination


It is recommended for applicant intending to visit one of the following regions in Brazil: Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Federal District, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins.
It is MANDATORY for individuals who have visited any of the following countries and territories within 90 days prior to entering Brazil: Angola, Benin, Bissau Guinea, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guiana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela.



Getting There & Getting Settled


There will be a transfer van waiting for you located at the airport terminal. The van will take you to a hotel where you will meet with your other peers. Upon arrival immediately phone either the Dartmouth program director, or the Brazilian coordinator (phone numbers will be made available). On the next days, there will be a meeting with the host families, program coordinator and family placer, the Brazilian professors, and the Dartmouth program director for a reception and later on a city tour departing from ACBEU after lunch.


Accommodations


You will be accommodated with Brazilian families.

Since Salvador is a city with a good transportation system, students may take their mid-day meal on their family homes, but they will also be expected to take dinner with their families. However, if students need to stay on campus, they may want to arrange with their families to have a box lunch prepared.
Generally the mid-day meal takes place at 1:00 and dinner is usually at 8:00. A very large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables including all kinds of tropical fruits are to be found in markets, street fairs, etc. Bargaining with shopkeepers is not a common practice at all. All stores and shops have their wares priced at a fixed rate. Bargaining is only practiced in open street fairs and markets.


Money


Please note that these amounts refer to 2011 LSA. Amounts may change from a year to another.
  • Tuition - $13,912. This charge will be billed to your student account.
  • Accommodations – Estimated at $2,550.00 for your home-stay. The actual amount will be determined later in the summer. Dartmouth will pay your accommodation charge directly, and this charge will be placed on your student account in the Controller’s Office.
  • Local transportation and spending money – a minimum of $2,100.00 is recommended.

You must bring extra funds for spending money, meals beyond your homestay, and local transportation (to take the train, bus, etc.). I have suggested a total of $2,100.00, but the amount really depends upon your own habits. Spending money depends upon your individual life style, such as the frequency of attending the theater and concerts, dining out, and travel plans on weekends and before and after the program.

Students on recent Portuguese FS/LSA+ programs estimated that the average amount they spent while abroad, above the costs of tuition, room and board and transportation, was about $1,500.00-$2,500.00. In most cases, that included some weekend travel. If you plan to travel every single weekend, and / or buy lots of expensive gifts, you should calculate more. If you do not plan to travel at all, you can plan on less.
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, occupying half of the continent of South America. It is as varied culturally, geographically and demographically as it is vast in size, combining indigenous, African and European elements in a unique symbiosis. Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia, with a population of around 2.5 million, was the first major port and the capital of colonial Brazil for over 200 years. The city lies between green tropical hills and broad beaches along the Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints Bay). Many of the city’s baroque churches, private homes, squares, and even the hand-chipped cobblestones have been preserved by the Brazilian National Trust. In Salvador, more than anywhere else in the country, the African influence in the makeup of Brazilian culture is readily visible, from the spicy dishes still called by their African names (caruru, vatapá, acarajé) to the ceremonies of Candomblé, which honor both African deities and Catholic saints, to capoeira, a unique martial arts dance.

Currency

The local currency is the Brazilian real. For safety purposes bring the bulk of your money in traveler's checks although cash is generally a lot easier to exchange. Write the numbers of them down in several places, along with your passport number, and whatever credit card numbers you have. Always keep track of the checks you have spent. ATM cards work at most banks, but only ATM’s for checking accounts, not savings accounts; the exchange rate is better than cashing traveler’s checks. Check with your bank beforehand to make sure you can use your card overseas! Visa and Master Card are the most useful credit cards; many stores refuse to accept American Express, although that card is useful for doing business with AMEX -- cashing checks, changing money, etc. Credit cards can also be used as a backup for emergencies, but shouldn't be your primary source of funding. You can also use your Visa in an ATM, but only if it is compatible with the bank's system. Opening a personal checking account is not recommended. Think ahead... there is no borrowing from Dartmouth.

Communications





Transportation

ACBEU is located at “Corredor da Vitória”, one of the best locations in Salvador. There are plenty of buses and taxis around.



Personal Safety & Crime


Students will have an orientation session with Prof. Clara Ramos, the Brazilian coordinator and family placer, and students will be handed a leaflet containing the essential do’s and don'ts of urban living. Although there is no real tension on the streets and public transportation in Salvador, all precautions should be made:
  1. Never wear expensive jewelry or watches. If you want to take photos carry your camera as inconspicuously as possible.
  2. Avoid walking alone at night at all costs.
  3. When returning late at night be sure to make your friends see you enter the house or apartment before leaving.
  4. Avoid chatting in parking lots, etc.
  5. Keep your purse or wallet strapped next to you. In case of any attempt on your property, never resist.
  6. Always leave your documents at home and only carry a Xerox copy of the most important documents with you.
  7. Never carry substantial amounts of money on you.

Sex

Any form of sexual interaction must be avoided on family premises or with family members. In any case, sex should always involve the necessary health precautions. Obviously, do not tolerate unwelcome sexual advances or harassment from anyone.

Hitchhiking


NEVER

Drugs


NEVER. Avoid At All Costs. It is essentially deadly to get involved with either drugsters or the police.

Smoking

Contrary to the United States, in some states of Brazil, the anti-smoking campaign has not yielded results. Therefore, in some states people are allowed to smoke wherever they please and criticism of anyone for smoking is generally dismissed as petty interference.


Cultural Tips / Etiquette





Excursions


There will be at least three excursions organized by ACBEU in conjunction with Dartmouth. One to Morro de São Paulo, other to Cachoeira, and another to Lençois, in the Chapada Diamantina (interior of Bahia state).
Details about excursions will be sent later.

Rio: Cocavado there is a tram that goes up to it. People offer, but better to take the tram. Look up the hostel location online and book it before leaving.


Athletics and Recreational Activities


It is a good idea to make friends with your host family and then play pick up games with soccer.
Capoeira there was a class offered every week, one trial class was offered. You could pay $60.00 to Ginga Mundo (website). Capoeira school.
Also it is recommended that you attend a soccer game while there - everything closes down for the game. There are a couple of teams in the area Bahia, Victoria, etc.


Arts & Culture


Remmy took cooking classes, at a culinary school.
Every Saturday there is free jazz, to go and listen to music. Museo De Arte.



Shopping


Havianas
Earning are sold on the beach, made out of wire and string.

Food :
Corchinas
Caldo de cano (Sugar Cane Juice)



Connections / Internships


Rosbechi worked in the orphanage, there is not much time with classes and where you home stay is located. Most students are occupied with going to and from classes, and then perhaps an occasional lessons.



Restaurants


1. Suan Luan, Barra: Chinese food you can order big plates and split them amongst people
2. Mall Shopping Barra: that is where we bought our cell phones - 50-60. Figure out between the group which carrier you are going to get because it affects the cost if you are going to call your FSP buddies . If someone calls you, it does not use those minutes.
3. Boi Preto: Brazilian




Must See





Holidays & Special Events

When the FSP arrives it is during Festival de Junias: 22nd-23nd Everyone goes to Perorhino The type of dance they do is called: Forro




Further Reading & Links