Colombians have a famous saying that every foreigner should memorize before arriving: ‘No des papaya’. Its literal translation, ‘Don’t give papaya’, can more accurately be translated as, ‘Don’t give opportunity to thieves’. Colombia has come a long way in terms of security in the past years, but petty theft is something to be conscientious of in Bogotá, just as in any major international city. Its easy to achieve the beautifully immersive and safe experience that has made the country a growing tourist destination in recent years; it’s just important to keep in mind a couple of tips and tricks in order to thoroughly enjoy life in Colombia while holding on to your papaya! (more…)
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When it comes to cultural events, no Colombian city offers a more eclectic, colorful range of concerts, festivals, and shows than Bogota. It is overflowing with the fusion of Colombian artistic expression and international influence, making it the ideal place to explore music, art, and, most importantly this past week: literature. (more…)
The Lost City trek to the ruins of Santa Marta’s Sierra Nevada indigenous communities receives quite a bit of press on the tourist trail in Colombia and for good reason: it is a spectacularly beautiful hike, embracing the natural isolation of the Sierra Nevadas located at a two-hour drive from Santa Marta. (more…)
At Red Tree Study, we want our students to feel at home in Colombia as much as possible, and we are positive that the Summer 2018 Program is set to do just that. This summer, we are very excited to extend our partnership with Universidad de los Andes by housing all of our participants at the fantastic Torre Séneca, the university’s modern accommodation whose green and blue towers can be spotted from anywhere in the city center. Each student will live in the cozy comforts of an individual room situated within a four-person suite complete with a shared common space, cooking area, and an impressive city view. (more…)
Villa de Leyva is as picturesque as they come. This colonial town located at a three-hour drive to the north of Bogota in the department of Boyaca is the perfect weekend escape from the movement of the Bogota metropolis. Imagine white historic buildings with tiled roofs lining cobblestone streets set against a backdrop of rolling mountains. Walking around the town truly feels like a step back in time. (more…)
Red Tree Study is thrilled to launch our ‘Public Health in Colombia‘ course in partnership with Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ)’s Institute of Public Health, which will run for four weeks from 11 June 2018. For Masters in Public Health candidates and undergraduate enthusiasts of global health, this is the course for you. Here’s why!
Now is the time to study Public Health in Colombia. As Colombia closes a chapter of 50 plus years of internal conflict, the country sits in a historical moment requiring the re-evaluation of its public systems in order to assure their accessibility and effectiveness in delivering services to a divided population across geographic space and political ideology. (more…)
Oh, the island life. For a Colombian adventure far off the beaten trail, there is no place quite like San Andres Island. And by far off, we mean geographically very far off. Despite Colombia’s claim to the territory, San Andres Island is located much closer to Nicaragua, requiring a two-hour flight from Bogotá in order to reach this tropical escape. The lengthy journey is definitely worth the trip. Upon arriving, you will immediately be met by a light breeze of humid Caribbean air saying, ‘Welcome to paradise’. (more…)
The Red Tree Study team will be away until Tuesday 2nd January 2018. We will be checking our emails intermittently, so if you have an emergency enquiry you can still get in touch with us here. We will respond to other enquiries once we are back in 2018.
We wish you all the best over Christmas and the New Year!
Thanks to Universidad de Los Andes for this great video where you can hear from participating students about their experiences on the 2017 Peacebuilding in Colombia course.
To find out more about the 2018 Peacebuilding course, or to make an application, please click here.
If you’ve spoken to friends who have recently traveled to Colombia and have passed through its major metropolitan centers, I’d place a bet that their hands down favorite was Medellín. While the city of eternal Spring with its excellent transportation system and beautiful views from surrounding hills is very deserving of the praise, I am here to make the argument for Colombia’s biggest city, its capital- Bogotá. (more…)