This is a summary of the prep course that students will take to learn about the history, politics, and culture of Colombia. We aimed to create a curriculum that is decolonized and highlights the accomplishments of Afro-Colombians. Along with this, there is an emphasis on self-care as we recognize that deconstructing oppression can be challenging. Furthermore, we want to help develop self-care methods for dealing with a world that is emotionally, mentally, and physically violent towards black people.
*Last Update, December 2018
- Basic Spanish
- Self Care While Exploring Racism and Oppression
*This itinerary remains in development. It is meant to provide our vision for the trip so potential applicants will have a sense of the TYPE of activities they will participate in.
Day 1 – Depart NYC and Arrive in Cartagena, Dinner, Orientation
Day 2 – Graffiti Walking Tour / Meet with a community activist and get a tour of their neighborhood
Day 3 – Visit the Totumo Mud Pits / Take Salsa lessons and put what you’ve learned to the test at a community salsa night in the Plaza
Day 4 – Day Trip to San Basilio de Palenque, the first ever free slave settlement in the Americas. Meet with local youth and hear about their lives and perspectives.
Day 5 – Day Trip to Playa Blanca – Meet Afro-Colombian communities from the island. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach.
Day 6 – Fly to Medellin / Learn to play Tejo, a game unique to Colombia, Have dinner with a group of black ex-pats living in Colombia
Day 7 – Tour of Communa 13 and hear about the transformation of this community that was the center of the drug war in the 80’s and 90’s. Meet with youth from Communa 13.
Day 8 – Visit a coffee farm and learn how coffee makes its way from plant to a coffee cup in America
Day 9 – Meet with victims of the drug war and hear their stories
Day 10 – Breakfast, debrief, depart Medellin for New York City