In Earth’s Care: Advanced Global Justice Living Lab in Brazil

GRSJ 425 | 3 credits

About the program

This course is led by UBC faculty member Vanessa Adreotti, The Social Justice Institute and Department of Educational Studies

Dates: May 17-June 22, 2022 | Travel dates: May 24-June 20, 2022

Topic: Land based experiential education and integrative approach to justice and wellbeing developed by the Indigenous communities that are part of the international network “Teia das 5 curas".

Locations visited: Northeast of Brazil and the Amazon region

Funding: This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. The ARA program aims to ensure that upper-level international research courses are accessible to academically qualified students, and that scholarly preparation and aspiration rather than financial means are the deciding factors for student participation. Funded by a generous gift from donors, the Faculty of Arts, and Go Global, the ARA program sponsors advanced research-intensive courses involving international travel.  70% of the program cost will be offset for academically qualified students; and up to 100% of the cost may be offset for academically qualified students who demonstrate financial need (as determined by Enrolment Services). 

Students can only be considered for one major International Learning Award throughout their degree e.g. ARA (Arts Research Abroad) funded Global Seminars, Undergraduate Research Conference. 

About the course 

In this 24-day intensive summer course (from 17 May to 20 June) you will engage in experiential learning and unlearning in Indigenous communities in the Northeast of Brazil (itinerary option 1), and (itinerary option 2) in the Northeast of Brazil and the Amazon region. These Indigenous communities are part of the international network “Teia das 5 curas” and long-term UBC partners through the SSHRC funded Insight research project “Ethical Social Innovation in Times of Global Crises”, led by the course instructor. The course starts with a 3-day seminar and briefing session at UBC. The visit to the Brazilian communities will happen from 24 May to 20 June 2022.  

This course upholds a unique vision of transformational learning grounded on land based experiential education and an integrative approach to justice and wellbeing developed by the Indigenous communities called “In Earth’s CARE”. This approach addresses 5 dimensions of justice and wellbeing: cognitive, affective, relational, economic and ecological. The course curriculum was co-designed with the communities around these 5 dimensions of justice and wellbeing. The program supports diversity of deep learning processes that combine practical doing (together), building trust (in one another), deepening analyses (of self, systems, and social and ecological complexity), developing ethical research capacity (in collaboration with the communities) and dismantling walls (between peoples, knowledges, and cultures). In this course, intellectual engagements, the arts, the environment, and relational and embodied practices are all understood as important conduits for learning and unlearning. This course invites you to explore the contributions, paradoxes, and limits of your current problem-posing and problem-solving paradigms, engage experientially with alternative practices that challenge the limits of your thinking and capabilities, and contribute to the creation of new paradigms of social change that open up not-yet-imaginable possibilities for co-existence in the future. 

Experience in the field 

A typical day may include: shared meals, workshops or seminars co-led by the UBC instructor and community leaders on topics such as food security and sovereignty, community mental, emotional and physical health, elder and women circles, and alternative education, guided forest walks, hands-on work on medicinal and/or vegetable gardens. Traditional ceremonies can also happen in the evenings. 

Notable environmental conditions: Each community has a particular environmental area for ceremonies, including rivers, lagoons, waterfalls, or beaches. 


Students will stay in collective accommodation in two of the communities and in Indigenous host families in one of the communities.

Eligibility requirements

  • Be enrolled in UBC Vancouver’s Faculty of Arts.
  • Be in your third, fourth, or final year of study.
  • Be enrolled in at least 24 credits in the Winter Session before the program and be registered in 24 credits in the current Winter Session, or sufficient to graduate.  Please note that students with exceptional circumstances regarding credit loads can identify themselves to Go Global to request an exemption from this requirement.
  • Have a minimum average of 70% with no failed or incomplete courses.
  • Further eligibility requirements particular to each program will be noted below.

Program-specific requirements

3rd or 4th year standing

Please note that students outside of the Faculty of Arts are welcome to participate, but unfortunately, not eligible for Arts Research Abroad funding.

How to apply

Application deadline 

January 27, 2022

  1. Log in to the Gateway online application program 
  2. Select “Search Experiences” and type "GSP" to explore Global Seminars programs 
  3. Upload the application form for your selected Global Seminar – see Application documents below 

*Please note that you can apply for up to a maximum of 2 Global Seminars*

Program fees and costs

ARA funding will offset 70%-100% of the CAD $3,800-$4,200 in program fees and flight costs for students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts.

Non Arts students are welcome to apply and will be responsible for covering the CAD $3,800-$4,200 program fee. 

Students are responsible for covering the cost of 3 credits of UBC tuition. 

The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee ($415) is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program. 

Global seminars refund policy

To withdraw from your program, you must contact Go Global by email to request a withdrawal.  You will not be charged until you officially accept your spot in the program.  Refunds cannot be issued after the program fee is charged to your SSC account. 

In the case of withdrawal, Go Global Award funding must be returned in full.

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at

Pre-departure policy

Safety abroad

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences. In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of your program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053


You can contact Go Global by email, phone, in-person or virtually through Zoom.

Booking a virtual advising appointment

If you need to book an advising appointment, please email and provide an overview of the questions you have. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone.

Virtual drop-in advising is available on Tues, Dec 21 and Wed, Dec 22 from 1 to 3 pm PST through Zoom.

In-person drop-in advising hours

Go Global offers in-person drop-in advising at the UBC Life Building during the times below:

  • Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

January Hours

Go Global will hold virtual reception hours on Tues, Jan 4 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am PST and 1 pm to 3:30 pm PST through Zoom.