Why study peace in Colombia?
Living in Colombia, you will study the country’s 2016 peace accords, which have put an end to its prolonged conflict. You will learn about these accords, which call for reparations, reintegration, and reconciliation, and see how Colombia is constructing a culture of peace. You’ll live with a host family for four weeks in multicultural Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore challenges of cultivating peace. You’ll meet with human rights defenders, victims, community activists, and ex-guerrilla combatants to understand how Colombians view this historic peace process.
During a one-week excursion to Sincerín (Bolívar), you’ll participate in community-based peacebuilding activities with a nongovernmental peacebuilding organization. In addition, you’ll learn about the organization’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of conflict and to rebuild, reconstruct, and revive fractured relations and displaced communities.
You will also develop Spanish language skills to discuss peacebuilding, reconciliation, and community issues through classroom learning, cultural immersion, homestays, and excursions.
- Learn about the history of Colombia’s conflict and its beleaguered peace accords.
- Build a theoretical and conceptual understanding of creating a culture of peace.
- Participate in two weeks of community-based peacebuilding activities.
- Experience the vibrant, multicultural Caribbean coast city of Cartagena.
Three semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent, and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.