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 2007

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Understanding Mental Health From a Candomblé Perspective, Kerilyn Daniel, University of Virginia

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Senegalese Family Values and SOS Village d’ Enfants, Shauna Davidson, Southwestern University

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Effects of Standardization on Cultural Identity and Community Involvement: Transgender Clients at the Vrije Universiteit Gender Clinic, Benjamin Davis, CUNY Hunter College

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The Music of Senegal: A Way of Life in West Africa, Lucien DeLaBruere, Ithaca College

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Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management in South Australia and Victoria, Rebecca DeVries, Ithaca College

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Los Esfuerzos de Desarrollo Sostenible en Pucará, Ecuador, Eric Dooley-Feldman, Connecticut College

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“Con Paciencia” : El Proceso y los Desafíos de la Textilería Mapuche, Julie Dorian, Belmont University

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Murales y Memoria: Un Estudio Comparativo de Tres Casos de Arte Memorial en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Mya Dosch, Carleton College

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How Do Women in Prek Toal Village (Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, Cambodia) Participate in and Benefit From Ecotourism?, Amy Dowley, Vassar College

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Buscando la Luz: Changes in Partería and the Loss of Feminine Autonomy in Oaxaca, Mexico, Hannah Ewert-Krocker, Vassar College

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Circumambulations, Prayers, and Meditations: A Journey to Kawagebo, Casey Flynn, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Biomass Combustion and ARI in Kiwengwa, Unguja, Eric Fournier and Nicole Poepping, Bucknell University, Brown University

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Where the Sky is High and the Hospital is Faraway: Strategies for Rural Public Health Education in Yunnan, China, Michael Frick, Kenyon College

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Technology and the Classroom: Computer Education in Jordanian Public Schools, Ketan Gajria, Tufts University

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The Politics of Engagement: The Influence of Identity on the Experiences of Activists Involved With the Roma Community in Serbia, Becca Gardner, Denison University

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La Presencia de los Derechos Humanos en las Realidades Escolares de Buenos Aires y Santiago., Thea Garon, Carleton College

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Responsibility, Reconciliation, and Remembrance: Serbian Youth Perspectives in Dealing with the Past, Erica Getto, Clark University

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Accounting for Ecosystem Flows: Setting a Standard for Australian Industries to Make Sustainable Decisions, Emily Gilbert, Franklin and Marshall College

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Community Forestry in Oaxaca: An Assessment of the Level of Autonomy in Forest Decision-Making and its Environmental and Economic Importance, Peter Gill, Carleton College

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Implementing Uganda’s National Wetlands Policy: A Case Study of Kabale District, Sophie Glass, Colorado College

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The Price of Gold: The Environmental Impacts of Toxic Chemicals in Gold Mining, Adam Goetz, Carleton College

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The Story of Eej Khad: Mother Spirit of the Earth and Her Children, Ethan Gohen, Brandeis University

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Living in the Margins: The Male Homosexual Experience in Salvador, Silvano Gonzalez, Pomona College

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Causes & Perceptions: An Exploratory Study of Suicide in Indo-Fijian & Fijian Youth, Marcie L. Grambeau, Eastern Michigan University

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You’ll Never Silence the Voice of the Voiceless: Critical Voices of Activists in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Kate Gunby, Kenyon College

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La Construcción de Paz y Esperanza en Nicaragua Los procesos de paz y su legado hoy en día, Christopher Hammond, Bennington College

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A Qualitative Study of Pregnancy and Maternal Mortality in Rural Senegal: An Examination of the Pregnant Woman’s Experience, Megan Frances Harlow, Amherst College

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The Learning Organization in a Post-Development Era: A Case Study on Orgnizational Development at the Valley Trust, Justin Haruyama, University of Puget Sound

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Predicting the Impacts of Serra Leste: a Case Study in Companhia Vale do Rio Doce’s Influence on Southern Pará, Jason Hayes, Colby College

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Sin Vuelta Atrás: El Proceso de Cambio y las Amenazas Para el Futuro en una Comunidad Yuracaré, Joe Hejlek, Duke University

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Una Vision General de los Problemas con la Enseñanza de las Matemáticas en Chile y Posibles Maneras de Mejorarla, Samuel Hickey, College of Wooster

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Vecinos Indiferentes: Chile, Bolivia y la Gas Natural, Daniel Hodges-Copple, Rice University

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Tornar-Se Negro & Thinking Beautiful, Ayana Hosten, Claremont McKenna College

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Growing ‘Black Diamonds’: The Role of the Government in Small Business Development and Black Entrepreneurship, Will Houghteling, Harvard University

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Permission to Change: The Role of Culture and Cultural Tourism in Development, Heather Houser, Rhodes College

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Fueling Samoa’s Growing Transport Sector: The Impact of Rising Oil Prices and Imports on a Pacific Island Economy, Janis McDaid Ikeda, Lehigh University

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An Ancient Practice: Scarification and Tribal Marking in Ghana, Alyssa Irving, Connecticut College

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Unemployment, Women, and Taxis: A Study of the Taxi-Sister Program in its Test Phase, Mackenzie Israel-Trummel, Occidental College

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A Survey of the Cockle A. antiquata, Chumbe Island, Kelsey Jacobsen and Lisl Esherick, Connecticut College, Vassar College

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Creating Dreams, Fighting for Rights: A Study With Centro de Cultura Negra do Maranhão, Brazil, Laura Jenks, Brandeis University

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La Recuperación de Ex-Centros Clandestinos de Detención Como Espacios de la Memoria: Un Estudio Acerca del Caso del Ex-Centro “Olimpo” en Buenos Aires, Katherine Jensen, Vassar College

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Rescate sin Recursos: La Enseñaza Aymara en Codpa y Putre, Amy Johnson, Willamette University

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Une Division Ambiguë: L’Immigration et la Société Civile en France, Kristen Johnson, Point Loma Nazarene University

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Khal: An Exploration of the Language Around Blackness in Morocco, Rachel Leigh Johnson, Occidental College

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El Discurso de Derechos en los Planes de Racionamiento de Unión FENOSA en Nicaragua, Lindsey Kaley, Columbia University

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Beyond the Classroom: The Implementation of Creative Movement and Music in Schools for the Disabled, Rachel Katz, Bates College

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Roma in Vojvodina: Expressions of Cultural Identity Through Performance, Jane Kaufman, Wesleyan University

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Immigration: An Escalator to the American Dream Nicaraguans’ Experiences with Immigration to the United States in the Midst of the War on Terror, Allison Koenker, Vassar College

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Beauty Ideals & Body Image: Suva, Fiji, Melissa Kong, Hamilton College

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The Effects of Space on Sex Worker Experience: A Study of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, Hannah Koski, Vassar College

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Masyarakat Tionghoa: Singaraja’s Chinese Community, Tammy Lew Lee Kreznar, Sarah Lawrence College

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Investigating a Method to Measure Sperm Transfer in Chelidonura sandrana (Opisthobranchia: Cephalaspidea), Kate Kunigelis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Resistant Cultures: Punk Identity and Anarchist Resistance in Three Yugoslav Successor States, Jeff Lambert, American University

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La Identidad Colectiva del Pueblo Mapuche: El Pasado, Presente y Futuro de su Lucha Territorial, Katherine A. Lawyer, University of Washington - Seattle Campus

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Construyendo un Nuevo Modelo: Un Estudio de la Relación Entre los Piqueteros K y el Gobierno, Daniel Lesser, Oberlin College

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Atua of the Aga: A Comparison of Ancestor Worship in the Highlands of Bali and Polynesia, Jamison Liang, Washington University in St Louis

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People Moving Matters: Theorizing Tourism and Migration on the Nepali ‘Periphery’, Adam Linnard, Dalhousie University

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Changing Channels: The Bhutanese Middle Path Approach to Television, Kate Linthicum, Barnard College

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The 1916 Easter Rising: A History Of Commemoration, Emily Litwin, Carleton College

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Watered Down: The Intersection and Integration of Tourism Development and Water Resource Management in Marrakech, Morocco, Alison Maassen, George Washington University

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Mame Coumba Bang: A Living Myth and Evolving Legend, Michelle Margoles, Carleton College

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Valorar lo Nuestro Para Fortalecer el Futuro: Etnoturismo Mapuche en la IX Región, Ashleigh Martin, Duke University

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No Shelter: UNESCO’s Efforts to Save Lalibela’s Culture, Kellen McClure, University of Vermont

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Spectator to Actor to Multiplier: EDISCA’s Humanizing Methodology, Hannah McDowell, Occidental College

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China Environmental Study, Monty McGee, Norfolk State University

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Expectativas de Alumnos de la Enseñanza Media: Un Análisis del Nivel e Influencias de las Expectativas de Estos Estudiantes en la Comuna de Quinchao, Chilé, Jennifer McNally, Tufts University

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Throne Names, Pen Names, Horse Names, and Field Names: A Look at the Significance of Name Change in the Ethiopian Political Sphere, Krista Mehari, Hope College

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Manifester une Solidarité Active : Devoir d’Histoire et la Cimade, Hillary Mohaupt, Macalester College

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The Realization of the Rights to Health, Education and Social Welfare Among Disabled Youth in Ingwavuma and Bhambanana, Kwazulu Natal, Ali Mumford, Brown University

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Speaking to the Past and Future: Generational Communication and Changing Verbal Discourse in Samoa, Spencer Naar, University of Puget Sound

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Analyzing Site Loyalty in Nyctimene robinsoni at the End of the Dry Season, Kolleen Nellett, Oberlin College

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Self-Employed, Self-Empowered: Working Women in Benares, Madeline S. Oatman, Middlebury College

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Diarios Bajo Democracia: La Prensa Escrita en Chile, Hoy en Día, Jake Pearson, Tufts University

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La Musique Malgache : Moyen de Protection de l’Environnement, Geneviève Pearthree, University of Redlands

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Unholy Union: The Convergence of Agendas Between the Gay Community and the Political Right-Wing in the Netherlands, Michael Wayne Perry, Wake Forest University

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AIDS Optimism and Condom Usage Among Men who Have Sex With Men in Australia, The Netherlands and United States., Tan Pham, University of Connecticut

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A Caldron of Militancy: Construction of Feminine Consciousness in the Movimento Sem-Terra: A Community Study in Palmares II, Caroline Lamar Pihl, Harvard University

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To Live With the Sea: Community-Based Management of Marine Resources in Southwest Madagascar, Hannah Pitt, Northwestern University

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Helping Women Help Themselves: Sex Work, Health, and Development in Mahajanga, Madagascar, Rachel Pryzby, Smith College

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What’s a Girl to Do: Repatriarchalization and Croatian Women’s Reproductive Freedom, Brittany Rast, Agnes Scott College

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A Critical Analysis of the Current Status of the Fijian Language, Stephanie Roberts, Dickinson College

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El Movimiento de Mujeres y Anamuri: Un Estudio de Caso, Stephanie Roberts, University of Evansville

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“Tout Travail Doit Nourrir Son Homme” The Dakar-Niger Railroad and the 1947-1948 Strike in the Political and Labor History of Senegal, Julia Coyner Robinson, Columbia University

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Memory, Place and Nation-Building: Remembering in the ‘New’ South Africa, Kate Ronan, Syracuse University

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“Share the Wealth” A Critical Analysis of Private Sector Development in Uganda’s Rural and Urban Settings, Michael Roscitt, University of Notre Dame

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Reconstructing Gender and Activism: The Case of Women’s Initiatives in Al-Wihdat Refugee Camp, China Sajadian, Smith College

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Child Labour and Microfinance in Morocco: Using Microfinance to Reduce Child Labour and the Case of the Al Amana Microfinance Institution, Kristyn Schomp, Duke University

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“Sustainable Soy” in Santarém: Power Struggles for the Future of Development, Jake Schoneker, Villanova University

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A Place in the World: MH2O’s Construction of a Peripheral Identity, Ryan Schutt, Pomona College

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The Role of Industrial and Traditional Fishing in Sustainable Resource Management, Aime Schwartz, Colby College

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Education in a Rural Context: A Catalyst for Disappearing Villages?, Seth Schy, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Aborto Legal Para no Morir: Un Análisis de los Discursos de la Lucha por los Derechos Reproductivos en Argentina, Jessica Scruggs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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“Happy Dancing Natives” Minority Film, Han Nationalism, and Collective Memory, Benjamin D. Shaffer, Columbia University

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Desarrollo Turístico y Sustentabilidad: Caso Villa Pehuenia y la Comunidad Mapuche Puel, Sasha Shahidi, Swarthmore College

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Liberation Theology in the 21st Century: The Catholic Church, the CPT, and Rural Movements in Southern Pará, Eleanor Sharp, Oberlin College

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Messages of Maternity: The Relationship of State and NGO Institutions to Reproductive Health Services and the Construction of Family in Jordan, Julia Shatz, Vassar College

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Potentiality of Biogas and the Role of Substrates in Biogas Formation Potential, Scott Shealy, University of Colorado at Boulder

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“How to Change the World”: Writing an Online Sustainability Leadership Manual for Young Australians, Nina Sherburne, University of Puget Sound

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Democracy on the Steppe: A Search for Active Local Citizenship in Rural Mongolia, Matthew D. Simonson, Williams College

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The Collective Right of Indigenous Peoples to Self-Determination In Accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Lena-Katharina Skandera, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill