Explore spiritual traditions in the Andes and on the Caribbean coast, and the syncretism between pre-colonial belief systems and Christianity.
Peace-building and reconciliation in a post-conflict context, processes of grassroots resistance and sustainable development, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian identity and representation.
Focus Of Inquiry
Music, dance and the arts; biodiversity and conservation; pre-Colombian history and processes of decolonization; urban youth movements.
Village homestay with indigenous families in the southwestern highlands, second homestay in an Afro-Colombian community on the Caribbean coast.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
ISPs facilitated throughout the program. Many options in music and dance, the arts, spirituality and healing, grassroots movements, and socio-political issues.
Small group Spanish classes in the highlands and on the coast. About 8 days of formal instruction, with opportunities for language immersion throughout.
Tree-planting project with conservation organization in southwestern highlands, and discussions on ethical service engagement. Approximately 10 hours of service credit earned.
Moderately rugged with rural homestays, trekking in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and overland bus travel.
One 3-4 day trek in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Hiking is somewhat strenuous, sleeping in hammocks in the jungle along the way.