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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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Extreme Sports in Colombia

San Andres y Providencia (2)Colombia draws in tourists who want to enjoy its culture and history, but recently it has started to attract a new type of visitor: people who love extreme sports! The country has an amazing range of sports on offer, beautiful landscapes, which means that experts from all over the world travel there to join in the activities. The growth in their popularity mean that there are now plenty of options for novices too!

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Final spaces: Community Health in Colombia

community_health_poster_draft3_03_10_16Don’t miss your chance to apply for this fantastic summer 2017 opportunity, ‘Community Health and Family Medicine in Colombia‘. The program will combine practical training, community visits and classroom teaching. It will provide students with a unique opportunity to explore global and community health, investigating the particular challenges that face Colombia, a post-conflict society with several million internally displaced refugees. Participants will visit different health organisations, hospitals, and local welfare projects. As with the Peacebuilding course, much of the content involves educational site visits and excursions, and discussions will be framed within the political context of Colombia. Taught in English, it will run for four weeks from Monday 12 June to Friday 7 July 2017. To find out more or to request an application form, please email info@redtreestudy.com

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Trendy Colombian cities

Visit MedellinColombia has become an increasingly popular destination among many tourists due to its stunning landscapes, friendly people, and of course its trendy cities! Here is a list of the most up-and-coming Colombian cities, along with some great tips about what you should do during your visit. (more…)

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Peacebuilding program: last chance to apply!

peacebuilding-in-colombia-posterDon’t miss out on the opportunity to take part in our 2017 Peacebuilding in Colombia course. This fantastic three week course is run at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, and provides a unique opportunity to learn about the peace process and the challenges that face Colombia as a post-conflict society. The program is almost full and we only have a limited number of places left.

Please send us an email to find out more or to request an application form.

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Why visit the Colombian coffee region?

SalentoIf you ever get the chance of travelling Colombia, you should definitely visit el eje cafetero. Also known as the coffee triangle, el eje cafetero is the coffee region of Colombia. The coffee triangle contains three different departments in the area:  Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda.  All of which offer a variety of activities guaranteed to please everyone. In fact, those of you who will be studying with us this summer can join a trip to Salento at the heart of the region. Read on to find out more about why we think it’s the place to visit! (more…)

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