Internationalization of curriculum prepares learners for an increasingly interdependent and interdisciplinary world, facilitates their understanding of other cultures, and fosters effective living in the global community. Learners who travel acquire knowledge and skills useful in the global community, increase their access to learning and employment opportunities, and promote international projects, institutional linkages, and community development.
Participants will develop transdisciplinary skills in creativity, academic inquiry, ecology and conservation, cultural awareness, environmental design, and community development. They will become familiar with various expressive modalities of the Amazon region (e.g. writing, music, movement, fine arts, materiality, theatre, storytelling, etc.) and will explore the application of those modalities in an integrative learning environment.
Visit the Amazon Rainforest of Colombia and experience first hand the Calanoa Project which is working toward a model
of sustainable living in the Amazon forest. Participate in a multitude of interdisciplinary and cultural experiences,
and bring to your studies a renewed depth, purpose, and global awareness.
The field study site, Calanoa Natural Reserve, is situated on the banks of the Amazon River at the southern tip of Colombia. The Calanoa Project is committed to the conservation of the biological and cultural diversity of the Amazon rainforest, and has initiated long-term community development projects with six Indigenous villages that share their traditional territory with the Amacayacu National Park in the Colombian Amazon. These projects, which are interdisciplinary by nature, are focused on issues such as education and cultural memory, identity and arts revival, community health, materiality, traditional uses of medicinal plants, food security and alternative ways of sustainable use of diversity, and innovative design solutions for sustainable livelihoods.
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The program offers participants the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary field study in the Amazon Rainforest of Colombia. They will take part in cultural and creative immersion activities, assist with community development and conservation projects, and contextualize their field learning through critical reflection.