• Colombia
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Conflict Studies Cultural Studies Global Studies Graduate Studies Hispanic Studies History Indigenous Cultures Latin American Studies Peace Studies Political Science Service Learning Social Work Sustainable Development +3

Program Details

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Price Details
Please contact IPSL for program fees. This program can be customized to suit your interests, goals and budget. Fee can include: Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; homestay housing; partial board; service placement and supervision; health insurance; pick-up and drop off at airport upon arrival and departure; academic excursions; administrative fees; and pre-departure materials.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
What's Included (Extra)

The fees, for this customizable program, can cover tuition, lodging, international airfare, airport transfers, orientations, excursions, service-learning placement and oversight and emergency medical/evacuation insurance. Work with IPSL's program director to create a program that suits your budget.

What's Not Included
Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Visa Wifi
What's Not Included (Extra)

Passport; in-country visa; vaccine fees (if required); international airfare; books; personal spending money; some meals; local personal transportation; local cell phone; and independent travel

Nov 15, 2022
Jun 27, 2018
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About Program

Learn and serve in the beautiful and bio-diverse coffee growing region of Chinchiná. Include Medellin and Cartagena for short excursions. Be prepared for a lush experience! This UNESCO Heritage city is nestled in an high Andean valley and is surrounded by coffee fincas.

Include exciting and relevant courses that give a true picture of Colombia like Spanish language & culture, Community Organizing, Social Activism and Service-Learning, Service Learning Reflections and Practicum as well as elective courses centered on Race and Racism, Development in Post-Conflict Societies, Afro-Caribbean Studies, Historical Perspectives on Modern Colombia and Conflict, Peace and Reconciliation.

There are substantial opportunities for volunteer service in schools and clinics focusing on displaced persons, the peace process in post-conflict areas, animal welfare, home building and education to name a few.

Students live in an NGO communal home. Meals are provided and prepared for you.

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Program Highlights

  • Experience Chinchiná in the heart of the coffee growing region of Colombia
  • Include excursions to Medellín and Cartagena
  • Learn and serve in the beautiful and bio-diverse coffee growing region of Chinchiná
  • Volunteer Service that addresses REAL human needs! Support human rights defenders & social leaders. Examine existing public policies, laws relating to human rights. Work with organizations that address Animal Welfare; Education; Displaced Persons; etc.
  • IPSL, the founder of Service-Learning, is a global education institute within the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu). They invest over 83% of their revenues directly back into the communities where they serve.

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Cartagena: the City of Life, Fun, and Culture

Cartagena was a life-changing trip! I was a Spanish minor with hopes for a chance at study abroad that would fit my busy nursing schedule. IPSL gave me just that and more! For a whole week, I had morning Spanish classes with Centro Catalina, a school dedicated to sharing and teaching the culture and history of Cartagena, that worked with me on my own level and pace. But I also had afternoon tour throughout the city of Cartagena guided by teachers and assistants from Centro Catalina. The whole week was dedicated to the learning of the rich culture and history of Cartagena and Colombia. But not only was I receiving so much back from this school but they also gave me a chance to give back by volunteering at a local school to help teach and play with an elementary school. It felt so rewarding when the kids had rushed over to give me the biggest hug of thanks! This trip showed me not only to step away from my comfort zones but to dive right in to experience a culture entirely different from own here in the US. This study abroad was definitely a once in a lifetime trip!

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Response from IPSL Global Institute at NUNM

Dear Sarah...we are so glad that you enjoyed your IPSL Faculty-Led experience! We try to put as much into a short-program as we can and we're happy that you found your time in Cartagena so rewarding (& not absolutely exhausting!). We thank you for your kind words and being a part of the IPSL experience!

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