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Colombia Adventure Travel Abroad Program

Colombia Trip Overview

Colombia Trip Overview

Peace and reconciliation: What is the journey from conflict to peace, in this culturally rich, iconic country? Colombia offers incredible lessons in hemispheric relations, global citizenship, environmental stewardship, and mutual respect across economic and racial identities in Latin America’s most enigmatic nation.

People to People: Local Community
Our insider’s access to Barranquilla’s rich culture extends the hand of friendship through a network of college-educated family-based homestays for an authentic cultural experience. Students hear testimony from survivors on all sides of…

Peace and reconciliation: What is the journey from conflict to peace, in this culturally rich, iconic country? Colombia offers incredible lessons in hemispheric relations, global citizenship, environmental stewardship, and mutual respect across economic and racial identities in Latin America’s most enigmatic nation.

People to People: Local Community
Our insider’s access to Barranquilla’s rich culture extends the hand of friendship through a network of college-educated family-based homestays for an authentic cultural experience. Students hear testimony from survivors on all sides of the internal conflict, bearing witness to the tradition of “testigo” as a means of healing and transcendence. Key visits in the historic city of Cartagena provide first-hand insights from notable Colombian officials who have influenced the peace process in recent history. City excursions provide unforgettable lessons in colonialism: visits to Bolivar Square, Inquisition Palace, the Castle of San Felipe, and with NGO’s celebrating social commentary and free expression through arts and music. Our immersive excursions to islands and rainforest jungles teach about the power of responsible environmental stewardship in balance with a tourist economy.

History Matters: Learning From The Past
Our program centers in Barranquilla, a vibrant industrial port city laid out amidst tangled ribbons mangrove forests and the beautiful Caribbean Ocean. Once the center of the Spanish-Atlantic slave trade in South America, it is fitting that UNESCO honored Barranquilla as a World Masterpiece Heritage of Humanity site. We explore the unifying and divisive concepts of ethnic identity through our partnership with Paulino Salgado School, a model of Afro-Colombian education, pioneering modern racial and educational civil rights movement in the country. The city’s bustling seaport that flanks the Magdalena River and the vibrant neighborhoods of El Prado, whose Museo Romantico showcases cultural artifacts from Colombia’s past. The mystical realism of native author Gabriel Garcia Marquez provide a perfect literary framework for inquisitive learners to comprehend the paradox of the Colombian exchange.

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