The Training for Brazil

Examples of topics for studies and courses to be undertaken during the 3 months at the school:

History, culture and social conditions of the developing world
 Guns, Germs and Steel - a brief history of the last 13,000 years
 The emergence of the Portuguese and the Spanish empires
 The creation of the Third World
 Culture, art and the human spirit

Globalization, the economics of poverty and wealth
 Facts about an unequal world
 The global trade - a system of inequality
 Farm subsidies and farmers of the developing world
 Global migrations
 Demographic development of the world
 Oil wars

The global environment
 UN Millennium Environmental Assessment
 An Inconvenient truth
 Eating fossil fuels - Global warming and the food we eat
 Collapse - can we expect a steady forward development or could the world as we know it suddenly collapse
 Global resources, their extraction, utility and mismanagement

Here is an example of an overall traning plan for the courses
Period 1: 3 months preparation:

The Americas studies
 The peopling of the Americas
 The Andean and the Meso-American cultures
 The Spanish conquest
 The Spanish/Portuguese colonial system
 The Portuguese slave trade
 Spanish and indigenous culture - 500 years of coexistence
 Simon Bolivar and the Latin American revolutions
 US interventions in Latin America since the Monroe Doctrine
 The age of military dictatorships
 The Cuban revolution from Moncada until today
 The drug trade
 Regime change in Chile - Allende, Pinochet - and the new Chile of today
 The new leaders of Latin America: Chavez, Lula, Morales, Ortega ...
 Migrations in the Americas

Brazil studies
 The land issue in Brazil
 The peoples of Brazil
 Brazil as a global power house
 Rich and poor in Brazil

USA today
 The life of the suburban middle classes
 Latin American workers in the USA today
 African-Americans civil rights and the criminal justice system
 Health care in the USA
 Liberalism and fundamentalism in USA today
 Who are the neo-cons and why are they neo-cons
 The American dream

How to make investigations and how to spread the word
 The elements of and process of making an investigation
 How to write a good report
 How to make interviews
 Film making
 Public speaking and presentations
 Making exhibitions, web pages, and more
 Drama and street theater
 Poems, songs, drawings, and other forms of art as means of communication

Humana People to People and development work
 The Humana People to People Charter
 The history of Humana People to People
 The Child Aid projects
 Humana People to People schools and colleges
 Fighting AIDS - Hope and TCE
 Farmers clubs and fighting poverty
 Humana People to People income generation - clothes collection and partnerships

General project skills
 The ins and outs of community work
 Mobilization of the individual - and mass mobilization
 Action for change
 Fundraising
 Income generation in the field
 Fighting shoulder to shoulder with the poor
 Personal stamina
 Leadership Intelligence 

Specific project skills
 Farming, farmers clubs, water management, farm economy
 Health care, nutrition, disease prevention, hygiene
 Child care and preschools
 School programs and adult education
 Youth clubs
 Individual project

Practical skills
 Basic economy
 Construction and maintenance
 Mechanics, bus maintenance and safe driving
 Cooking

Portuguese language studies
 Language studies
 Language skills needed in the field with the poor

Investigation, outreach, action week
The team plans this week together. It could be an investigation with a headline for the whole team or it could be several investigations carried out by smaller groups. The investigation could include massive outreach as well as an action to do something in relation to the topic under investigation.

Fundraising
Skills to acquire before and during the fundraising weeks include:
Sales training, people skills, non verbal communication, giving a presentation, what any American should know
about poverty, etc.
The total goal to raise per student is $3,000. The team is on a team goal.

The travel period has these training and learning areas:
 How to make snooping tours
 How to make investigations
 How to create friendships with people
 How to work together in the group while traveling
 How to report on your travel
 How to use your senses to make sense of it all
 Living conditions of the people
 Rich and poor - worlds apart even when distances are small
 Experiencing humanity
 History, geography and economics of the places visited
 The world and me
 The next generations
 The dreams and visions of rich and poor
 Environmental challenges
 Learning history from artifacts and structures left behind from old times
 Lots of language practice

Period 3: 4 months fighting shoulder to shoulder with the poor
A major theme of this period is Combat Training in the Noble Art of Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor.

This theme includes elements such as:
 Community work in a Humana People to People project in Latin America
 How to eradicate poverty
 How to prevent disease
 Income generation for those who have little to start from
 Child care - what all parents should know about the needs of children
 Family planning, prevention of STDs and HIV/AIDS
 Operating a club or an association of small scale farmers
 Nutrition that builds health and strength and how to get hold of the foods
 School programs for children who need to learn much more
 Literacy classes
 Preschools for all preschoolers
 Fundraising for child aid and fighting poverty
 Accessing government grants for the poor
 Marketing for small scale producers
 Building community spirit
 Open Sundays
 Art and culture as a means to strengthen trust in a better future

Period 2: 1 month travel:
 How to run a women's club
 Community cleaning actions
 The importance of caring for the old and the sick
 How to establish an orphan program
 How to go against alcohol, drug abuse and violence
 How the poor can join hands when the rich refuses to lend them a hand
 How to move from subsistence living to being part of the market economy
Together with the other participants and the Humana People to People project leader you are also engaged in
further studies and considerations as to your effort and future - encompassing such issues as:
 Brazil.... and the wider world
 The future of the Americas
 A united Americas/A world united - futile dream or meaningful vision
 My strong and weak sides and what to do about them
 More language training - reading novels, newspapers and more
 Reporting to the world on our endeavors
 How to solve conflicts and move to the next level
 Playing guitar, writing poetry, painting, political photo art ...

Period 4: 1month spreading knowledge in the USA
Outreach is the main topic of this period. It can take many forms exploiting the special capacities of each member of the team, needs realizing while fighting shoulder to shoulder with the poor in how to spread the word about the need to stand shoulder to shoulder with the poor.

Elements of this period includes:
 Information work in USA via presentations
 Exhibitions in streets, schools, libraries and work places
 Drama and theater as an element of presentations, on stage or in the streets
 Global digital information about the realities of people in Latin America, giving a voice to those rarely heard via the school web site, articles on numerous other sites, e-mail to friends or in chat rooms
 Making a film about fighting with the poor or about rich and poor in the Americas
 Going on a tour with the bus as the hub of numerous outreach activities
 Finding 10 new participants for the next team to ensure the steady expansion of the fight against poverty as it is played out in Humana People to People
 Arranging a conference for schools in the area
 Giving presentations in 20 community centers that care for the poor of the inner cities.

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