The ISP, or Independent Study Project, is written by students from the undergraduate programs of SIT Study Abroad and relates to a program theme. Using primary sources students choose topics with a manageable focus that can be carried out in a variety of settings, such as schools, nongovernmental organizations or field research stations. During the independent study period students work closely with a project advisor and other key contacts in the field. The ISP is typically a 20- to 40-page paper presented to student colleagues, the academic director and, often, the advisor and other interested host-country individuals.

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Submissions from 2019

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Endangered Danger: Christianity, Affect, and Harmless Snakes in Samoa, Ariel Abonizio G. S., Bates College

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From the American People: An Autoethnographic Exploration of South African NGOs' Perceptions of PEPFAR, Antonia Asher, Tulane University

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Child’s Play: A Service Learning Project Conducted at ROROŠ, Nové Mešto pod Smrkem, Sanaya Attari, Denison University

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Mixed Responses to Woody Encroachment in Icelandic Herbaceous Plant Morphology and Phenology, Cait Battle-McDonald, Smith College

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Packaging Morocco for the foreign eye: A survey into the Moroccan tourism industry, Pangrum Boonbaichaiyapruck, Pomona College

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Self-Perceptions of the French Community in Morocco, Madeleine L. Breunig, Grinnell College

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Educator Perspectives on Suggested Changes to the Jordanian Education System as a Result of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Sara Sydney Caplan, Bowdoin College

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Perspectives on Community Policing of Durban Juveniles Living on the Streets, Dena Cheng, Columbia University

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Understanding Sexual Pleasure and Health: A Study of Urban Middle-Class Women’s Narratives in New Delhi, India, Solana Chertow, Washington University in St. Louis

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Seeing Every Corner of Tangier: A Photographic Collection Going Beyond the Media Sphere, Cynthia J. Coleman, Lehigh University

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"I Have Plenty of Things to Say:" The Language Choice of Senegalese Women Writers, Alexander Cullison, Beloit College

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"Root Causes Not Symptoms": Sustainable Organizational Structures, Réseau de Lutte Contre la Faim: The Decision-Making Process in Combatting Systemic Issues, Ambar Deleon, Denison University

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Iceland's migratory birds in changing environmental conditions: An interactive synthesis, Frances J. Duncan, Smith College

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Quality Over Quantity: A Comparative Analysis of the Quality Measures and Performance Between Switzerland and the United States, Lexi Farina, Cornell University

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Basque Nationalism and Education: The influence of Euskara on student achievement in the Basque Country, Amanda Flores, Harvard University

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Humanitarian Negotiations & Humanitarian Principles: The interaction between humanitarian negotiations for access and organizations' ability to adhere to humanitarian principles, Gabriela Gil, Brown University

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Evaluating the Impact of Feed Supplementation on Productive and Reproductive Efficiency in Smallholder Dairy Cattle in Arusha, Tanzania, Hayley Hall, Cornell University

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Behavioral Responses to Ancestral Predators in Vervet Monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) on Misali Island, Tanzania, Isabelle Hanna, Gettysburg College

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Post-Colonial Restructuring of Human Rights Systems in Morocco, Kristen Hansen, Luther College

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Nationalizing Services for the Trans-National: How Sub-Saharan Migrants Navigate Healthcare Access in Tunisia, Batoul Hasan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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“What Are You?” An Exploration of Race and Mixed Identity in the Netherlands, Claire Haug, Smith College

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Unfair Standards: Media Influence on the Fairness Paradigm in India, Sahana Heiderscheidt, Boston College

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Couvrant les Yeux, les Oreilles et la Bouche: How the Musée Royale de Batoufam Preserves Tradition and Culture for Multiple Audiences and Perspectives, Julia Hirsch, Macalester College

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“Oh Lord, Save Us from Such Monsters:” Maternal Impression and Monstrous Births in the Eighteenth-Century Netherlands, Sara Hollar, Smith College

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Subsistence in Samoa: influences of the capitalist global economy on conceptions of wealth and well-being, Tess Hosman, Mount Holyoke College

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The House of the Fish: Collaborative Coral Reef Awareness Project on Nosy Be, Meghan Hurley, Colby College

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Supplying Slaves: The Disguise of Greener Pastures: An Exploratory Study of Human Trafficking in Uganda, Kyla Johnson, Skidmore College

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Reimagining future sustainable, climate-resilient urban design for Apia, Samoa: Developing Plans for a Developing Nation, Alyssa Kaewwilai, Gettysburg College

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"It Is Our Own Thing": The Expression of and Limits to Enculturation at St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish, Kayleigh Kaminski, Macalester College

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Like Mother, Like Daughter: The Intergenerational Link Between Mother Activists and their Daughters in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, Shana Kleiner, Skidmore College

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Women in Conservation: A Study of Effective Community-Based Conservation and the Empowerment of Women in Tanzania, Ruby Krietzman, University of Puget Sound

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An Assessment of Coral Bleaching near Misali Island, Tanzania, Danielle Kulick, Tulane University

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Multicultural Narratives: Language as a Site of Struggle for Amazigh Rights Activism in Morocco, Joyce Lee, Hamilton College

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Characterizing systems of reporting and mitigating Anthrax outbreaks near Mto wa Mbu, Monduli District, Tanzania, Megan Levy, University of Maryland

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Examining the Culture of Poverty Argument in Morocco: How Development, Criminalization, Education, and the Makhzen Craft Perceptions, Raegan Loheide, Cornell University

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Vaccine Hesitancy in the United States and Switzerland, Anna E. Lunderberg, Hope College

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The Impacts of Warming Coffee: The Climate Change-Coffee-Migration Nexus in the Northern Triangle of Central America, Connor Lynch, University of Dayton

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Conditionality, Rationale, and Implications of EU Aid for Migration: The Case of Morocco, Miranda Macaulay Miller, Tufts University

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Divorce Experiences: What The 2004 Moudawana Does and Does Not Do for Women In Morocco, Beatrice March, Vanderbilt University

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Approaching Contemporary Terrorism, Jonathan Marcus, University of Michigan

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Mind over (what doesn’t) Matter: De-stigmatizing mental health from Senegalese women’s perspectives, Jenna Marks, Barnard College

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The 25th Anniversary of South African Democracy: Exploring Perspectives of 10 Stellenbosch Residents on Patriotism and National Pride, John Mitchell, Skidmore College

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A Study of Stambeli in Digital Media, Nneka Mogbo, Wofford College

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Analysis of Swiss Attitudes on Migration and their Impact on Policy, William McCarthy Murray, University of New Hampshire

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Criminalizing the Other: Exploring the Impact of The Netherlands' Adaptation of Prosecutorial Guidelines on Sentencing Disparities, Alia Nahra, Washington University in St. Louis

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Cancer Management in Kenya - Awareness and The Struggles Patients Face to Access Treatment, Care & Support, Ashley Nmoh, Vanderbilt University

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Analysis in E Minor: An Autoethnographic Poetry Collection and Study of Transgender Identity in Liminal Amsterdam, Em Panetta, Muhlenberg College

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Where Do We Go From Here?: Two Key Informants' Perspectives on How to Address Conscientious Objection in TOP Provision in South Africa, Talia Parker, Georgetown University

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Exploring Mobility Help-seeking Behavior Among People with Physical Disabilities: A case study of Jaipur Foot, Alex Podell, Tulane University

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Motorbike-Related Injuries & Safety Practices Among Motorbike Riders in Kisumu, Western Kenya in 2019, Rowan Poehler, Tulane University

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We Are All Alive: Understanding Connections between People and Coral Reefs in Samoa, Kalamakaleimahoehoe Porter, Simmons University

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Humanitarian Assistance in Protracted Emergencies: Rethinking the Role of Food Aid in Adjumani, Victoria Puglia, Lafayette College

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Refuge in a Place Without Refugees, Jane Roarty, Macalester College

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Eating some invasive species could help to mitigate the impacts of climate change-related invasions, and may increase future food security, Jesse Bull Saffeir, Bates College

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Z4, A Slow Puncture: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Language, Embodiment, and Meaning-Making, Charlotte Rose Samuels, Smith College

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Newsworthy Migrants: Sentiment and Text Analysis of Dutch Newspapers, Nicholas J. Schmitz, University of Notre Dame

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My Body, Their Choice: Childbearing Attitudes and Practices in Jamkhed, Maharashtra, Sienna Sewell, Washington University in St. Louis

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Empowering Women Through Land: An Analysis of the Barriers in Accessing Land Rights within Kisumu County, Kenya, Madison Shaffer, University of Vermont

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Understanding Civil Rights in a Democratic South Africa: A Case Study of Students at UKZN, Ella Shlonsky, Washington University in St. Louis

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The New Geopolitical Space in the Information Era: A Neuroscientific Approach to National Security, Naomi Silverstein, University of Michigan

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It's Essential: The Ylang-Ylang Trade on Nosy Be, James Sleigh, The University of Vermont

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Reintegration of Women Perpetrators in Post-Genocide Rwanda, Terrie Soule, Pace University

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Transnational Sharing Economies & Neoliberal Urbanism: Airbnb in the City-Region of Tangier, Jack Spector-Bishop, Oberlin College

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Radical Moves: Negotiating Community and Transformation with (some of) SIT/South Africa’s Students of Color, Kavita Sundaram, Brandeis University

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Archiving Heterosexism: An Investigation of Gender and Sexuality Politics in Spain's Transitional Justice Movement, Taylor Thompson, Barnard College

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Local Perceptions of Cannabis and Cannabis Laws in Morocco: Unpacking Past Laws, Moroccans' Perceptions, and Exploring Organizational Efforts, Shadae Tingman, Hamilton College

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Home and Healing in the In-Between: Migrant and Refugee Mental Health in Tunisia, Donia Torabian, Brown University

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Environmental Consciousness for the Politically Autonomous: The Basque Country, Miranda L. White, Texas Christian University

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Youth Empowerment Programs in Jordan: Access and Equality, Mingyang (Linda) Zhang, Duke University

Submissions from 2018

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Re-Imagining the Theatre: Existence and Change, Andres Aguilar, Hamilton College

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The Paradox of the Financial Empowerment of Non-Western Artisan Women and their Dependency on Western Funding: A Case Study of Fondation Orient Occident, Au Grain de Sésame, and Association Darna, Sumya Akkas, Columbia University

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Demography and behavior of critically endangered Alouatta coibensis trabeata troops in forest fragments in and around Mata Oscura, Veraguas on the Azuero Peninsula of Panamá, Billy Allen, Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation

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Keyhole Gardens as the Key to Environmental Sustainability and Access to Fresh Produce in Samoa: A Case Study of an Organic Keyhole Farm, Madeline Allen, Vanderbilt University

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Restoring Eden: The Role of Christianity on Environmental Conservation: A Case of Karatu District, Arusha, Tanzania, Taylor Allen, Portland State University

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Defining the issue: Social movements' Framing Strategies in Neocolonial Senegal, Ezra M. Alltucker, The George Washington University

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Surveying Access to Healthcare in Kisumu and Siaya Counties, Kenya, Quinn Alsheimer, University of South Carolina

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Una Perspectiva Socio-legal de La Ley 348: La Ley Para Garantizar a las Mujeres Una Vida Libre de la Violencia / A Socio-legal Perspective of Law 348: The Law to Guarantee Women a Life Free of Violence, Maya Anthony, University of Denver

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The Root of Racism: How Slavery has led to the Condition of Discrimination Against Sub-Saharan Africans and Migrants in Morocco, James Artis III, University of Denver

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LA COMERCIALIZACIÓN DEL MURAL PORTEÑO / THE MARKETING OF THE PORTEUR MURAL, Alexandria Ashley, Brandeis University

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The Revolution Conundrum in Cameroon: A study of Relative Peace Under President Biya's Rule, Marianna Babboni, Occidental College

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Livelihoods of the People of Mazumbai: A Collection of Stories and Portraits, Tanga Region, Tanzania, Joseph Baldus, Macalester College

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Shaping our World for a Better Tomorrow: Sustainable Investing, ESG, and Industry Insight, Anna M. Ballate, Barnard College - Columbia University

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The Islam of Europe: Challenges of Governance, Erin Baranko, Claremont Mckenna College

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Uphill Struggle: Impediments and Facilitators to Porter Health in the Khumbu Region, Nate Barott, Cornell University

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Constructing Social Environments: The Evolving Relationship between Uses and Management of Urban Greenspace in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Mara Basich-Pease, Cornell University

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Coming in Hot: Motor Vehicles, Capitalism, and Modernization in Mongolia, Thea Bergen, University of Oregon

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“I hope whiteness means nothing”: A Narrative Exploration of Whiteness as Identity in South Africa, Mackenzie Berry

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“Solo está derrotado quien deja de soñar” Un estudio de la generación y apoyo de motivación estudiantil en escuelas de reingreso de Santiago, Chile y Buenos Aires, Argentina y su aplicación a un proyecto material / "Only those who stop dreaming are defeated" A study of the generation and support of student motivation in re-entry schools of Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina and their application to a material project, Emily Beyer, Kenyon College

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‘Defensoras de la Selva’: Mujeres Indígenas en Resistencia al Extractivismo en la Amazonía de Ecuador / 'Defenders of the Jungle': Indigenous Women in Resistance to Extractivism in the Amazon Ecuador, Tanmatra Bhanti

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Uso de la medicina tradicional y de la biomedicina por migrantes Q’ero en el distrito de San Sebastian, Cusco / Use of traditional medicine and biomedicine by Q'ero migrants in the district of San Sebastian, Cusco, Isabel Blaettler

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The value of chemical defense: the effects of toxin milking on the physical, physiological, and behavioral performance of cane toads (Rhinella marina), Ryann Blennerhassett, Rollins College

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Boys’ Sex Education in Rural Maharashtra: Context, Community, and Trust, Sierra Bradshaw-Kreimer, Bryn Mawr College

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Las perspectivas de los trabajadores sobre la accesibilidad a los recursos públicos para el tratamiento de depresión y ansiedad en la actualidad en el Área Metropolitana de Buenos Aires: Estudio cualitativo de tipo exploratorio-descriptivo. / Perspectives of workers on the accessibility of public resources for the treatment of depression and anxiety in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires: Qualitative exploratory-descriptive study., Ellen Broaddus, Claremont Mckenna College

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“We Are The Gap: Understanding the Inclusion of Immigrants in Moroccan Left-Wing Politics”, Sam Brown, Muhlenberg College

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“Karm Hi Pooja Hai (Work is Worship)” The Determinants that Influence the Subjective Health and Well-Being of Cycle Rickshaw Wallahs in Varanasi, India, Benjamin Bryer, University Of Maryland

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Causes and consequences of child marriage among Syrian refugee populations in Jordan: An investigation of perceptions., Alex Buckman, University of New Hampshire

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Medicina tradicional y la transmisión de conocimiento ancestral en la comunidad afroboliviana de Tocaña / Traditional medicine and the transmission of ancestral knowledge in the Afro-Bolivian community of Tocaña, Marvin Bynoe, Claremont McKenna College

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Sustainable Tourism Practices in Vietnam: The Influence of Institutions and Case Study of Sapa’s Growing Tourism Industry, Alexandria Cahill, George Washington University

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Ethically Sourced Vanilla: Certifications in the production of vanilla in the SAVA Region of Madagascar, Maisie Campbell, Bowdoin College

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Examinando la relación entre el ecoturismo y la migración en La Nevería, Pueblos Mancomunados, Oaxaca / Examining the relationship between ecotourism and migration in La Nevería, Pueblos Mancomunados, Oaxaca, Thomas Canny, University of Houston-Downtown