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Latin America and the Carribean

Duke University has strong connections to Latin America and the Caribbean. The university offers majors in Spanish and Portuguese, and boasts an active Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Sanford faculty members have conducted research and training in Paraguay, Mexico, Haiti, Brazil, Panama, and other countries in the region.

Professor Subhrendu Pattanayak serves on the International Scientific Advisory Board for the Center for Socioeconomic Impact of Environmental Policies, a project sponsored by the Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad de Talca. The center focuses on environmentally relevant policies and government programs and interventions that affect the natural environment. 

Felipe Magofke MIDP’15 spent his summer in Colombia working with Bive, a health care membership service that provides low-income workers and their families with faster and cheaper access to medical care.

In addition, faculty members with Sanford’s Duke Center of International Development offer executive training programs in several countries in the region.

tarp with smiling people around it

Camping under a tent is a rite of passage for many Duke students. Young people brave the elements for months in a tent community called Krzyzewskiville (K-Ville) in order to attend the Duke/UNC game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Rechberger scuba diving, posing near a giant clam

Kristin Rechberger’s travels have taken her all around the world – from the Arctic Circle to tropical islands in the Pacific. But she never goes on vacation. “I go where I think I can make an impact,” the founder and CEO of Dynamic Planet said. Her company works with businesses and governments across the globe to help them find ways to restore nature.