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Physical Activity and Culture in Brazil

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  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Ribeirão Preto, Curitiba and Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
  • Program Dates: May 11 - June 5, 2020
  • Travel Abroad Dates: May 14 - June 2, 2020 (to be confirmed)
  • Cost to Participate: $3401 plus tuition
  • Application Information
  • Online Application
  • Courses Offered
  • EDUC 215 Q Schools and Diversity
  • EDPE 399 Independent Study: Brazil

This faculty-led program is designed to increase students’ cultural and diversity awareness while exploring physical activity in South America’s largest country, Brazil. By traveling to popular sites, such as Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls, students will learn about environmental and cultural differences between Brazil and the United States in relation to education, socialization, and wellness. Chants will be invited by Coastal’s generous Brazilian partners to observe lessons for their specific content areas in local K-12 schools – and possibly develop and teach lessons of their own!

Program participants will also engage in both civic engagement and physical activities within underprivileged communities for the chance to extend and apply their knowledge beyond the U.S. educational environment. If you want to develop your own recreational skills, visit cultural sites and sports-related landmarks (the 2016 Olympic Games facilities, parks and beaches in Curitiba, the iconic statue Christ the Redeemer, museums, etc.) and experience life in one of Latin America’s advanced emerging economies, this program is for you!

Physical Requirements: a variable amount of daily city walking is required on hard and uneven surfaces during the week. When possible, public transportation will be used. There will be some minimal hiking required during the weekend excursions (including a walking a trail and/or going down a mountain and then back up again). There are also cable cars to various sightseeing sites that are options and will be considered for those with special limitations. Students must bring suitable footwear.

Course Information

Student participants can take one course. 

EDUC 215 Q Schools and Diversity. (3 credits). (Prereq: none). This course is designed to acquaint pre-service teachers with diversity issues in today's classrooms. In addition to investigating the needs of students with disabilities and health issues, the roles such factors as race, class, gender, language proficiency, and cultural background play in the educational process will be explored.
Instructor: Tiffany Hollis

EDPE 399 Independent Study: Brazil. (3 credits). (Prereq: none). This course provides basic and advanced skills, knowledge, rules and etiquette of three physical activities that fulfill program expectations. Field experiences exploring cities’ infrastructure (parks, bike trails, etc.) highlight discussions about the impact of culture and environment on physical activity levels of general population. This course is also designed to acquaint pre-service teachers in the development and teaching of physical education lessons. 
Instructor: Nilo Ramos

Program Leaders 

Dr. Tiffany Hollis, Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Curriculum and Instruction, 843-349-2542
Dr. Tiffany Hollis has a clear and strong commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice with more than 14 years in the education setting as a social justice educator with a special education background. Dr. Hollis spent 10 years were spent working with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Dr. Hollis’s research interests focus on the areas of relationship-based and culturally responsive classroom management skills, trauma-informed education, social emotional learning skills, and preventing teacher burnout among teachers in various classroom contexts, particularly in settings with students who exhibit challenging or difficult behaviors. Dr. Hollis has written several book chapters, articles, and briefs. She has presented at numerous conferences from Washington, D.C., to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and facilitated professional development workshops for teachers locally, nationally, and internationally including in Jakarta, Indonesia.  

Dr. Nilo C. Ramos, Assistant Professor of Physical Education, 843-349-2971
Dr. Nilo Ramos received his doctoral degree in Kinesiology with emphasis in Sport Pedagogy from the University of Georgia and Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Health and Physical Education from Albany State University. He has worked as a PE teacher at the elementary and secondary levels and as a faculty in other PE programs at Oklahoma State University, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Dakota State University, and Emporia State University. With a focus on quality physical education, physical activity, and sport instruction, Dr. Ramos’ research interests relate to teaching/coaching development and expertise. More specifically, his interests include physical education (PE) teacher credibility, dispositions and fitness and activity levels of in-service and pre-service PE teachers, assessment in PE, and physical education and coaching education programs. He has published and presented research nationally and internationally. In his spare time, Dr. Ramos enjoys lifting weights, running, soccer, and basketball. He has traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia, Uruguay, Argentina, France, Italy, and Germany.

  • “Eye” Museum and “Tube” bus station

    The Oscar Niemeyer Museum and the “Tube” bus station show case some of Curitiba’s futuristic and aesthetic designs.

  • Curitiba City Hall

    The City Hall is a famous and important building for the development and administration of the city of Curitiba.

  • Iguaçu Falls

    Located in the state of Paraná, the Iguaçu Falls is one of the greatest water falls in the world.

  • Christ the Redeemer

    This picture highlights the beauty of the city of Rio de Janeiro, with Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city and the great Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Cost to Participate = Program Fee ($3401) + Tuition (Number of Credits x Tuition Rate) + Out-of-pocket Expenses

The tuition for this course is for Maymester term. 

Included in Program Fee: Roundtrip airfare from U.S. to Brazil; in-country airfare and ground transportation; accommodations while in country; 3 meals a day; planned excursions; and emergency medical insurance ($1.80 a day, for every day traveling).

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Estimated out-of-pocket expenses: $455 for meals not included in program and miscellaneous spending. Please note that this estimate will vary based on individual spending habits and does not cover the cost of a new passport. Students should ask their program leaders for more details about estimated out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Pre-departure Housing: Students will be meeting on campus in the week leading up to the departure date and must have accommodations during this period.  Students should confirm the departure date with their program leaders before securing housing.
Discounted Tuition for Education Abroad Students: $366/credit
CCU credits  Program Fee Tuition  Technology Fee
Cost to
3 credits $3401 $1098 $15 $455 $4969
6 credits $3401 $2196 $30 $455 $6082


Payment Schedule

Payment Due Date Amount Due
Deposit Oct. 30 $300 (refundable before commitment deadline Dec. 5)
Program Fee Payment Feb. 11 $3101
Tuition and Technology Fee Payment May 9 Varies (see above)

Deposits can be made in person at Student Accounts or by phone. After acceptance to the program, the payment of the program fee as well as payment of tuition can be made online through WebAdvisor or in-person/by phone through Student Accounts. Tuition charges are distinct and different from program fee charges. Please note that payments made with a debit or credit card will be charged a service fee of 2.7 percent. For more information about methods of payment, visit Student Accounts.


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