Colombia

Stories of Peace & Resistance

A 4-Week Summer Abroad Program

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Duration
30 Days
Description

Learn about community approaches to conflict resolution and peace-building, explore cities and mountains, and practice Spanish through the arts, dance, and music.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 28, 2019


Suggested Ages

16-18

Number of Participants

12


Availability

open

Begins In

24 Weeks

Land Cost

$7,545


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,050

Bogota

San Agustin Huila

Santa Marta

Cali

Program Overview

Experience a vibrant and diverse country from snowy Andean peaks, rainforests with endless shades of green, alpine wetlands that produce water as if by miracle, and the many colors and rhythms of the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.


These spectacular backdrops – along with the many traditions of Colombia’s indigenous communities, African descendants, and people of European heritage – create a fascinating fusion of landscapes, cultures, and identities. The history of conflict and transformation that Colombia has endured in recent decades, leading to the current Peace Process, offers meaningful lessons around the power of resistance, memory, resilience, and forgiveness in the face of civil conflict.

Our journey begins in a sub-tropical corridor between the Andes and tropical lowlands, considered one of the most diverse regions in the world, where we partner with a cultural and ecological restoration program that is working on the construction of a giant “forest of peace.” From there, we transition to our first homestay with indigenous families in the western Andes, learning about their relationship with land and nature.  In Bogotá, we take in the rhythms and socio-political movements of one of Latin America’s…

These spectacular backdrops – along with the many traditions of Colombia’s indigenous communities, African descendants, and people of European heritage – create a fascinating fusion of landscapes, cultures, and identities. The history of conflict and transformation that Colombia has endured in recent decades, leading to the current Peace Process, offers meaningful lessons around the power of resistance, memory, resilience, and forgiveness in the face of civil conflict.

Our journey begins in a sub-tropical corridor between the Andes and tropical lowlands, considered one of the most diverse regions in the world, where we partner with a cultural and ecological restoration program that is working on the construction of a giant “forest of peace.” From there, we transition to our first homestay with indigenous families in the western Andes, learning about their relationship with land and nature.  In Bogotá, we take in the rhythms and socio-political movements of one of Latin America’s largest cities, and practice Spanish through the arts, dance, and music with young people’s cultural collectives.  We end our adventure with a trek to the ancient Lost City in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, where massive peaks rise up out of the tropical shores of the Caribbean to altitudes above 18,000 feet.  Our trajectory connects us to artists and dreamers, farmers and indigenous leaders, peace builders and musicians, all working to weave together narratives of peace, resistance, and unity for their people and their nation.

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Program Components

1/5
Comparative Religion

Explore spiritual traditions in the Andes and on the Caribbean coast, and the syncretism between pre-colonial belief systems and Christianity.

5/5
Development Studies

Peace-building and reconciliation in a post-conflict context, processes of grassroots resistance and sustainable development, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian identity and representation.

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Music, dance and the arts; biodiversity and conservation; pre-Colombian history and processes of decolonization; urban youth movements.

3/5
Homestay

Village homestay with indigenous families in the southwestern highlands, second homestay in an Afro-Colombian community on the Caribbean coast.

2/5
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.

3/5
Language Study

Small group Spanish classes in the highlands and on the coast. About 8 days of formal instruction, with opportunities for language immersion throughout.

2/5
Learning Service

Tree-planting project with conservation organization in southwestern highlands, and discussions on ethical service engagement. Approximately 10 hours of service credit earned.

3/5
Rugged Travel

Moderately rugged with rural homestays, trekking in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and overland bus travel.

3/5
Trekking

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.