Appalachian Abroad: Brazil 2011

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    Students visit the site of dozens of wind turbines during a visit to Tractebel Energia's wind farm in Beberibe, Brazil.

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    Students view large sacks of sorted recyclables at a Maracanau recycling center.

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    Large sacks of sorted recyclables sit amid piles of trash at a Maracanau recycling center. Appalachian is working with local communities in Brazil to see if landfill methane gas can be captured and used to power machinery in their recycling facilities.

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    Catadores gather recyclables from the Maracanau landfill as their way to make a living. While on the study abroad trip, the Appalachian Energy Center signed a formal agreement of intent with the mayor of Maracanau, a city of about 200,000 people, to form a community-based project in which landfill methane gas is captured and used to fuel economic and community development.

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    A trip to the University of Fortaleza's gallery was among students' activities.

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    Students stand near the famous statue of Corcovado mountain that overlooks downtown Rio de Janeiro.

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    Bryan Montgomery offers drinks to children during a service-learning project at Terra Preta village.

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    Students clean up a site for a community garden in the village of Terra Preta.

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    Appalachian Energy Center staff member Jeremy Ferrell discusses the growing patterns of the manioc root, which is a food staple throughout Brazil.

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    MBA student Brandy Hopkins paints faces during a service-learning project at the village of Jaraqui.

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    Brandy Hopkins gets a taste of the Brazil's wildlife as a spider monkey sits on her shoulder at Ariau Towers in the Amazon region.

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    Appalachian students and faculty plant açaí trees in the indigenous village of Nossa Senhora de Fatima in Amazonas, Brazil. The açaí tree grows wild along the Amazon River and recent international demand for its purple berry has bolstered many of the local economies and has encouraged many people to plant large stands of the trees.

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    Appalachian students and faculty plant açaí trees in the indigenous village of Nossa Senhora de Fatima in Amazonas, Brazil. The açaí tree grows wild along the Amazon River and recent international demand for its purple berry has bolstered many of the local economies and has encouraged many people to plant large stands of the trees.

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    Dr. Martin Meznar, left, and students meet with officials at the state legislature in Fortaleza.

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