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  • Locations: Baranquilla, Colombia; Bogota, Colombia; Cartagena, Colombia
  • Program Dates: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Payment Amount - Flight: $834.28 Payment Amount - Final Payment: $2175.00
Payment Amount - First Deposit: 800 Payment Amount - Airfare Late Fee: $86.00
Travel Group Type: Public School Group
Program Description:
Travel Program Summary 
Experience a powerful learning adventure, illustrating the long journey from conflict to peace, in the country of Colombia. Our program begins in Bogotá where our cultural exchange with students of Colegio Los Nogales introduce us to our Colombian pen-pal counterparts. Herein we also explore La Candelaria, Bolivar Square and photograph Mount Monserrate. We then transfer to Barranquilla, a vibrant industrial port city laid out amidst tangled ribbons mangrove forests and the beautiful Caribbean Ocean. The birthplace of the pop goddess Shakira and location of the second largest Carnival festival in Latin America, it is fitting that UNESCO honored Barranquilla as a World Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity site. In Barranquilla, we enjoy the opportunity to partner with students and faculty at Paulino Salgado School, an Afro-Colombian educational site and forerunner of the modern racial and educational civil rights movement in the country. We also explore the city’s bustling seaport that flanks the Magdalena River and the vibrant neighborhoods of El Prado, whose Museo Romantico showcases cultural artifacts from Colombia’s past, including the writings of native author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Our insider’s access invites us to experience Barranquilla’s rich culture first hand through vetted family-based homestays-- not in hotels—which provides a more authentic cultural experience. After our time in Barranquilla, we travel northwest to the historic city of Cartagena and receive first-hand insights from notable Colombian officials who have influenced the peace process in recent history. City excursions provide in-depth educational lessons concerning the role Cartagena played in the organization and perpetuation of the Atlantic slave trade, as well as visits through the city’s historical zone to explore sites including Bolivar Square, Inquisition Palace, the Castle of San Felipe, and more. Around Cartagena we explore the natural environment as well as a day trip for rest and relaxation on the Rosario Islands. Our time in Cartagena will provide unique insights into culture while emphasizing the importance of global citizenship, environmental stewardship, mutual respect across economic and racial identities in one of Latin America’s most extraordinary nations. 

Educational Summary 
This one-of-a-kind experiential education program offers insight to a remarkable peace and reconciliation process. Through cultural immersion, service learning, and an insider’s access to both Euro and Afro-Colombian youth populations, student digital storytellers consider the ramifications of Colombia’s decades-long civil war from a variety of voices. We connect with change-makers in the urban centers of Bogota and Cartagena. We also work in close partnership with the Barranquillero community, one of the most impacted | 1.855.40.TOURS | Copyright © 2017 Peace Works Travel by the upheaval. Despite Colombia’s economic and social progress from the peacemaking process in the past few years, the civil war has created 6.8 million internally displaced persons (IDP), and opportunities have only recently emerged to alleviate the challenges of resettlement. And yet, despite a history of violence, racial discrimination, and inequality, they remain a resilient and culturally vibrant people committed to sustaining their unique way of life. We hear first-hand testimonial from stakeholders directly impacted by the historic conflict, and the benefits of restored peace. As we will experience in partnership with the private school in Bogota, Colegio Los Nogales and the Paulino Salgado School, students understand the diverse experiences of both public and private education in Colombia. Overall, travelers acquire an unforgettable understanding into the complicated social, political, and cultural exchanges that have produced a unique Colombian society, one of Latin America’s most profound nations.