WMU News

Field trip to the Amazon region offered

Feb. 3, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Geography Department is sponsoring a field travel seminar for students to the Brazilian Amazonian June 12 to 27.

The WMU Brazilian Amazonian Program is a credit/non credit program that will enable WMU students and non-WMU students to engage in the study of a rainforest and the Brazilian culture. In addition to sightseeing and shopping excursions in the cities of Manaus and Belem, travellers will have the opportunity to spend a night in a hammock, experience ecotourism along the Guama River and examine erosion as well as atmospheric changes due to excessive lumbering in the rainforest.

The program which costs $2500 includes tuition for three academic credits at WMU, roundtrip air transportation from Kalamazoo to Brazil, ground and water transportation to the field, entry sites specific in the itinerary, accommodation, nearly all meals, maps and field guide, health insurance, instructional costs and administrative expenses. The cost of the trip without receiving academic credit is $2,200.

The 16-day trip will be led by Dr. Eldor Quandt, chairperson of the Geography Department, Dr. Elen Cutrim and Dr. David Lemberg, assistant professors of geography.

A completed enrollment form and deposit of $200 per person by Feb. 25 is required to confirm participation. Full payment must be made by April 28. The department is also offering an installment scheme where students pay $1000 by March 31 and $1300 by April 28.

For more information about the WMU Brazilian Amazonian Program or to receive an enrollment form, contact Ms. Barb Peacock at (616) 387-3415.

Media contact: Pauline Oo, 616 387-8400, pauline.oo@wmich.edu

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