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Salento Excursion 2017

19554816_10155242530601488_2583861030557389257_nOur 2017 students have just returned from an awesome weekend in Salento, a pretty town in Colombia’s beautiful coffee region. The weekend was packed with activities – a coffee finca tour, a trek through the Cocora Valley, mountain biking, and paragliding! (more…)

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Program visits begin!

IMG_3608Tuesday was a busy start to the Community Health students’ visits to local health initiatives in the communities of Tenjo, Tabio, and El Codito located at the northern limits of Bogotá.  (more…)

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Welcome to our 2017 students

Los Andes Lunch

A huge welcome to this year’s Peacebuilding in Colombia and our Community Health and Family Medicine students who all started their courses yesterday! We are delighted to host students from many different universities and nationalities in Colombia.

Our Peacebuilding course started with a welcome lunch at Universidad de Los Andes, hosted by Pablo Navas, the president of the university, and attended by Peter Tibber, the British Ambassador to Colombia. (more…)

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It’s kick off!

WhatsApp Image 2017-06-05 at 19.27.06We are delighted that the first of our students for summer 2017 are now enrolled! Anne and Jennifer are here for Spanish classes before the start of the Community Health and Family Medicine course at Universidad de La Sabana next Monday. They will be joined by many other students in Bogota over the next few days and weeks for our Peacebuilding in Colombia course and our Film Internships.

A huge welcome to Colombia to all of our 2017 students!

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Book now for 2018!

Peacebuilding in Colombia PosterOur courses for summer 2017 are now all fully booked. If you missed the chance to join an awesome program in Colombia this summer, get in touch with us now to find out more about next year’s opportunities! We will be running Peacebuilding, Global Health, Film Internships, and of course we have a great selection of Spanish language courses as well. We are already taking bookings so send us an email now!

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La Chingaza National Park: A Hidden Escape

Chingaza DeerFor anyone who loves the outdoors, La Chingaza National Park, located three hours outside of Bogotá, is the place to be. It’s the ultimate paradise for a biologist, bird enthusiast, nature fanatic, or anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Bogotá metropolis. Chingaza is an entirely doable weekend plan as long as you have a car or can rent one. I headed out on a Saturday morning with 7 friends split between two cars equipped to take on the rugged terrain standard to the region. (more…)

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Colombia’s Beauty Industry

Colombia fashion weekThe beauty industry in Colombia is very diverse. It ranges from beauty services such as makeup and hairdressing, to cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening and plastic surgery. The emphasis on perfection is something which is present throughout Colombia and its culture. From a half-Colombian, half-Brit perspective, it is very interesting for me to compare my experiences with the beauty industry of both countries. (more…)

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Colombia: My New Home Away from Home

IMG_7042 (1) My name is Christine Gregory, and I am the most recent addition to the Red Tree Study team, serving as the Programs Manager out of Bogotá. I hail from Lincolnshire, Illinois, U S of A: the perfect place to raise your family in a safe, quiet neighbourhood. Unfortunately, it is not as highly recommended for young adults seeking an adventure! After spending four years at Tufts University outside of Boston, I packed my bags in May 2015, ready to ditch the suburban lifestyle, and headed for the polar opposite: Barranquilla. (more…)

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Why you should have a year abroad

friendsAn increasing amount of students are beginning to consider the option of studying or interning abroad. As a student of History and French, it was essential for me to have a year abroad. As a result, I ended up being a language assistant in a town called Saint-Etienne. During my time in France, I gained various different skills and learnt a lot about myself. As soppy as it may sound, my year abroad really changed me as a person. Here is a list as to why everyone should have the experience of studying or working abroad. (more…)

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Colombian Festivals and Carnivals

With Easter approaching, I thought I would talk about the different festivals and carnivals which are celebrated throughout Colombia. Some are truly unmissable events!

Semana Santa PopayanSemana Santa, Easter, Popayán.

Perfect for those who enjoy festivities, Popayán hosts the most famous Semana Santa celebrations in Colombia. Famous for its colonial architecture, Popayán is also known as the religious capital of Colombia and is home to more churches per capita than any other settlement in the country. This celebration is the 2nd largest Easter Celebration in the world. (more…)

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