Multilateral Partnership For Interprofessional Exchange (MPIE)

Travel Dates:
April 1 - April 28, 2020
Program Fees:
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Program Overview

Program Features:

• Fully supervised rotation (approximately 80 contact hours); no direct care.
• Full-time accompaniment by bilingual Amizade staff during supervised clinical rotation
• Foreign Language instruction for basic language acquisition (Five 1 hour sessions)
• Regular critical reflection on Global Citizenship in the context of the health professions
• Orientation to the local culture, healthcare, and environment.
• Additional cultural and recreation activities.

Program Description:

Santarém, Pará, Brazil 

This four-week global rotation takes place in the city of Santarém, an urban center in the state of Pará that lies at the confluence of the Amazon and Tapajós Rivers in north-central Brazil. The program requires students to work collaboratively and in partnership with local health science students and health professionals. Through a broad set of activities in a variety of clinical settings, students will gain an understanding of the contemporary health concerns in the lower Amazon River Basin. Bilingual Amizade staff members will accompany the students throughout the rotation. Beyond their clinical hours, students will meet regularly for critical reflection on dimensions of Global Citizenship in the health professions. While in Brazil, students will participate in a series of formal Portuguese classes to help with basic language acquisition. Students will stay in guesthouses. For portions of the program, students may be expected to travel on riverboats and to sleep in hammocks on board. Amizade will facilitate cultural and recreational activities: including kayaking, jungle hikes, river beach swimming, capoeira presentations, etc.

MPIE: The Multilateral Partnership for Interprofessional Exchange

The Multilateral Partnership for Interprofessional Exchange is a global rotation designed for graduate and senior level students in Dentistry, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Allied Health programs. MPIE brings together institutions of higher learning in Brazil and the United States for an exchange program based on Amizade’s Fair Trade Learning philosophy.

Community Partner

• The Pastoral do Menor  The Pastoral do Menor is a Brazilian non-governmental organization, under the social works umbrella of the Diocese of Santarém. It was founded in February of 1988. As a charitable, nonprofit, inspired by the Catholic faith, the Pastoral develops strategies for the social inclusion of at-risk youth in urban Santarém and it’s rural municipalities. Since its inception, the Pastoral do Menor has been campaigning for children’s rights, as well as offering a safe haven for children between the ages 8 of 18. The organization seeks to empower youth personally and professionally through educational courses, vocational training, academic support and recreational activities. Its courses include carpentry, silk-screening, knitting, jewelry making, sports, tutoring, musical instruments and singing, and computers. As of 2011, the Pastoral serves more than 2,000 at-risk youth. In addition to its on-site programming, the Pastoral helps its registered youth obtain health and legal consultations as needed.

• APAE The Association of Parents and Friends (Amigos) of Exceptionals (APAE) was founded in 1977 to provide assistance in health, education, and welfare to people with disabilities. It is the only private, non-profit organization in the area (a region that is approximately the size of Belgium) that is actively promoting the prevention, rehabilitation, and education of physically and mentally disabled children.

• SEARA SEARA is a local non-profit that works with at-risk families in two of the poorest communities in the city of Santarém. They focus on malnourished children in early stages of development and work to address the social needs of their families. They operate a daycare for children 3-6 years of age and monitor the children’s nutritional needs. To help parents enter the job market, SEARA provides trade education to parents.

Program Fees & Expenses

Program Fee Includes:
Contribution to local health services project
Three meals per day
Local Transportation during program
Multiple educational, cultural and service activities
Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Continuous support from local site director

Additional Program Related Expenses:
Applicable passport or visa fees
Supplemental meals or snacks
Personal spending money