This week’s blog is from one of our 2018 Peacebuilding in Colombia students, Katie Flett, from the University of Otago.
“Wow. I can’t believe as I am sitting here writing this entry that the course is over! It feels like only yesterday that I was stepping off the plane. The three weeks have flown by in a blur.
We started off the course with an introductory lecture on the origins and evolution of the armed conflict. It gave us all a general understanding of everything that had happened so far in Colombia. With everyone in the course coming from different backgrounds and levels of knowledge of the conflict this was a good way to get us all up to scratch. (more…)
This summer session, Red Tree Study’s film interns have embarked on a multitude of social, cultural activities to dive deep into Colombian culture. One of our recent highlights introduced our participants to arguably the most important component of a complete immersive experience: gastronomy.
After a day in the office, interns and RTS staff met at a quaint colonial style three-story house in the Teusaquillo neighborhood of Bogota to unmask the secrets of cooking Colombian style. Our guide, Diana, walked us through the basic steps to create a delicious dinner of patacones (smashed, fried plantains) with ahogado (a tomato/onion based salsa), empanadas with guacamole, and salpicón (think a smoothie with chunky pieces of fruit). (more…)
The Bogotá Audiovisual Market, commonly known as “BAM,” is an annual film festival that takes place in Colombia’s capital. It is a unique space to meet writers, directors, producers, and others within both the national and international industry. BAM offers unparalleled opportunities to augment one’s professional network, to keep up with trends in the market, and learn from professionals with years of experience. (more…)
Here we have a guest blog from one of this year’s Public Health in Colombia students, Sabeera, a Medicine student from University College London, who is just completing the third week of her course with us in Bogota. Here she tells us about her experiences.
“The course so far has been packed with a somewhat dizzying array of topics. We began by being given a crash course on Colombian history which was understandably both very intense and vastly interesting. We learnt a lot – from the fragmentation of the previous larger nation to the 1000 day war in 1900 and the emerging Guerilla groups and outlaws. Alongside the kidnapping and jails held in the jungles, I was particularly suprised to learn about how, in some areas, just how much community support the FARC groups provided, given the trust they had gained in their local regions and how strongly their anti-imperialist ideals resonated with people.
2018 Public Health in Colombia students at the British Embassy in Bogota
We are really enjoying hosting our 2018 students, who are currently staying in Bogota with us. The diverse range of their academic disciplines and nationalities is a testament to Colombia’s international status and reputation. This year we have welcomed MPH students from New York, Florida, and London, and Politics students from Boston, Orange County, Cardiff, Leicester and Bristol, amongst others.
We have British, American, Venezuelan, French, Spanish, Australian, Pakistani, Swedish and Colombian nationals taking part in the course, but the prize for the furthest travelled goes to our New Zealander who has trekked over 7,500 miles to study in Colombia with Red Tree Study! (more…)
We were delighted that a group of Red Tree Study students met with the Colombian Ambassador to the UK, Néstor Osorio Londoño, yesterday. The event took place at the at the Colombian Embassy in London, and provided the group with a fantastic opportunity to discuss the upcoming presidential elections, and recent developments in the peace process. The group was given information about progress in the construction of peace in Colombia, including the demobilization and disarmament process, the early reintegration phase which is currently being implemented, and government investment in local and regional public services. (more…)
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…)
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 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…)