IPSL: Colombia - Post-Conflict Studies and Afro-Caribbean Culture

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COVID-19 and our societies’ reactions lay bare longstanding inequities and marginalization that we must address. That's why IPSL's borders are staying OPEN! Until travel is permissible again (and it will be), IPSL Global Institute at NUNM is offer... read more

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COVID-19 and our societies’ reactions lay bare longstanding inequities and marginalization that we must address. That's why IPSL's borders are staying OPEN! Until travel is permissible again (and it will be), IPSL Global Institute at NUNM is offering its programs online. Once travel is permissible, students may immediately shift to on-site study and service abroad. Please contact IPSL for further details.  

The IPSL Global Institute at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu) has designed and delivered international programs focusing on experiential learning, ethical service & engaged research for close to 40 years. IPSL programs combine credit-bearing coursework, ethical volunteer service and advocacy research opportunities to provide a meaningful and impactful study abroad experience. Like IPSL, NUNM has been focused on educating, serving and supporting the development of healthy communities for many decades! 

Experience both the vibrant, modern energy of Medellín, the "City of the Eternal Spring" AND the sunny, historic, colonial city of Cartagena on the edge of the turquoise Caribbean (for an extended excursion). The curriculum combines a Spanish Language and Culture course, the IPSL COSA in Colombia - Community Organizing, Social Activism and Service-Learning, a Service-Learning Reflections and Practicum course as well as elective courses centered on Race and Racism, Development in Post-Conflict Societies, Afro-Caribbean Studies and more. Along with these exciting and relevant courses, there are substantial opportunities for volunteer service in the community. Service-Learning placements are organized at various NGOs, schools and clinics. 

Volunteer opportunities may include:
·      Migration / Displaced Persons (forced internal migration and conflicts)
·      Peace Process in Post Conflict Areas
·      Reconciliation Organization
·      Animal Welfare
·      Social Services
·      Home Building
·      Education
·      The Elderly

Undergraduate students live with a Colombian family in both Medellín and Cartagena. Most meals are included. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students. Graduate students have a choice of living in a homestay or living in single or double dorm rooms or apartments.

Excursions in Medellín MAY include:
Guided city tour of Medellín
Museo de Antioquia  

Excursions in Cartagena MAY include:
City tour with an official guide of local history
Visit the historical sites of Cartagena de Indias Route of Gabriel García Márquez (Nobel Prize for literature in 1985)
Museum of the Inquisition and Gold
Visit to San Felipe Castle

IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity. 

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 our revenues directly back into the communities where they serve.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Volunteer
Intensive Language
Gap Year
Graduate Program
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Anthropology
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Cultural Studies
  • International Relations
  • Sociology and Anthropology
Minimum GPA:
0.0
Year Founded:
1981
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