- Cochabamba, Bolivia
- Program Type:
- Intensive Language
- Degree Level:
- 4-6 months
- Program Description:
This program examines how Bolivia's landscapes and multiethnic population offer remarkable contrasts and challenges to previously held notions of development. Students explore Andean and Amazonian cultures and cosmovision and the layered growth of Bolivia's multiethnic social system under the pressures of globalization. Students meet with Bolivian intellectuals and activists, artists and artisans, musicians and filmmakers, union members and miners, feminists and indigenous leaders, shamans and environmentalists. Program lecturers are leaders and experts at institutions such as The Democracy Center, Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios, Mujeres Creando, the Andean Information Network, and Water for People.
The thematic seminar encompasses six broadly defined and related areas of inquiry. Each area entails a series of lectures, readings, and in some cases, short fieldwork assignments carried out individually or in small groups. Major thematic areas of study are as follows: Historical foundations of social change Andean and Amazonian cultures and cosmovision Economy and development The politics of contemporary issues Development practices The Lowlands: land, environment, development, and indigenous movements
SIT Study Abroad program fees include all courses, educational excursions, health insurance, and full room and board (all meals and accommodation) for the entire program period. Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.
- Setting Description:
- Based in the city of Cochabamba in central Bolivia, students also undertake multiple field excursions, including to the tropical lowlands, the Andes altiplano, Lake Titicaca, and El Alto, the largest indigenous city in Latin America. Students share daily life with Bolivians by living with urban-mestizo and rural-indigenous families, through the program's homestays.
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