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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.


Buenos dias familas y amigos, amigas!

Here we are in Tiquipaya. Students have settled into their individual home-stays with local families throughout this semi-rural community. We have 3 weeks here where students take a further step into developing skills and independence, including their Individual Study Projects, ranging from photography to farming and jewellery making to cooking. ISPs are not only an opportunity for students to get really involved and learn about their chosen subject, but also push them to figure out the public transport system, navigate across the city and around the neighbourhood and also practice their Spanish!

Students are also enjoying daily Spanish classes with local language teachers here at the Program House where we gather each day. We have local experts on various topics come and speak with us and share their experiences, as we try to unpack and investigate a range of issues that affect us all and the world around us. What does it mean to exist in the world today? How do our lives affect those living seemingly so distant and disconnected from us?

It’s a really important and transformative period within our course as we push ourselves to go deeper in the topics and themes that we interact with, push ourselves to get outside of our comfort zones in different ways and ultimately grow immensely from these experiences.

Attached are some photos of Spanish classes, spread out around the Program House and the garden.

Until next time, hasta luego!