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Educators can participate in international program

New Mexico public school educators interested in an international experience in natural resources and intercultural studies this summer can contact New Mexico State University's Office of the Vice Provost for International and U.S.-Mexico Border Programs.

zilian Area Studies of the Pantanal Wilderness Area will take place from July 2 through Aug. 4 and offer 14 educators an intensive, hands-on learning environment, with work in the classroom and in the field. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program.

"This program gives teachers the opportunity to bring back an international experience and filter it back to their students," said Ida Baca, project director.

The program consists of two graduate classes, curriculum development for culture, socioeconomics and ecology of the Brazilian Pantanal I and II, which are both three credit graduate courses. Participants will also take part in cross-cultural activities including field excursions. Coursework will take place in Sao Paulo, Iguacu, the Pantanal Wilderness and the Brasilian Amazonas.

The program's objectives are to expose New Mexico educators to Brazilian culture, history, geography, politics, educational systems, religion and environmental science issues so that information can be integrated into their classroom activities. It also will provide a practical, inquiry-based field experience in unique settings for studies of natural ecosystems and economic relationships.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 28. Educators interested in applying for the program may contact Ida Baca at (505) 646-4528 or ibaca@nmsu.edu for an application.