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SIT Study Abroad Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change
Cochabamba, Bolivia; Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Sucre, Bolivia
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
 Language of Instruction:
 Program Type:
Non-USF Program
 Level of Study:
 Open to:
USF Students Only
 Credit Offered:
Transfer Credit
 Program Advisor:
Rene Sanchez
 Minimum GPA:
Program Description:
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.

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.

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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.