The ‘Peacebuilding in Colombia’ program includes activities and site visits to cultural, governmental and educational organizations as part of the academic schedule. For example, you may take part in a political Grafitti tour, visit the Palace of Justice, the UN, Congress, the National Museum of Memory, take the teleferico to the church at Monserrate, or meet with ex-paramilitaries during a visit to the demilitarized zone, which you can read more about here.
The academic visits will be supplemented by social excursions during evenings and weekends, to give you even more opportunity to explore the beautiful culture and landscapes of Colombia and build friendships whilst you are there.
You will normally have one or two weeknight activities plus one weekend excursion. For example, week one will include a welcome dinner which will give you the chance to socialise with the other students and program coordinators, whilst sampling delicious local cuisine. Later in the week, you might be invited to explore the nightlife of the Zona Rosa, starting the weekend with coffee and ice cream at the ever-popular Crepes y Waffles, followed by the opportunity to join a Cycle tour of Bogota’s famous ‘Ciclovia’, where many of the city’s roads are closed to traffic between 7am and 2pm each weekend.
One highlight of the social calendar is the trek to the beautiful waterfalls at Choachi, in the green mountains above Bogota, which is always popular with students, in spite of the mud! Other visits have included the underground Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira, a group meal at Wok in the pretty market zone of Usaquen, and sampling Colombian coffee and exploring the museums of the Candelaria.
Red Tree Study can also take you to play Tejo, a typical Colombian sport that involves throwing a metal discus at a clay target inlaid with explosives (!) and of course every program concludes with a farewell dinner and party.
The activities listed above are included in the participation costs of each program. The exact details of the 2018 activities will be finalised in due course. Please get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions in the meantime.
In addition to these trips, you will also be able to join an optional extra excursion to a town or region outside Bogota. In 2017 the group went to Salento, in Colombia’s famous coffee region, and in 2018 visited Villa de Leyva. Please check back soon for more details of the 2019 option!