Explore how concepts of development and cultural identity are being creatively re-defined in Bolivia, a country with 36 ethnic groups and the first indigenous president in South America.
Interested students can produce a documentary film or publish a bilingual children's book in support of local cultures and social change.
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.
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.
Home to the largest indigenous population in the Americas, Bolivia possesses some of the world's richest natural resources and yet has the lowest per-capita income in South America. In this context, students explore how the Aymara, Quechua, and Guarani peoples are increasingly gaining greater recognition and power.