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Andean priest and spiritual leader, Don Fabian Champi Apaza. Photo by Tom Pablo, Andes & Amazon Semester.

Your Pre-Course Assignment!

Hola [email protected]!

Now that you have read about our itinerary (woo!) and FOI in other Yaks, we would like to present our pre-course assignment. Aren’t you ready to start diving in mentally to Perú and Bolivia? These readings and videos will give you a head start.

And please, if you have not posted an introduction yak, please also do so!! 🙂

Your pre-course assignment:

    1. Read an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Eduardo Galeano’s, Open Veins of Latin America  (1971). Then watch this video of Calle 13’s song “Latinoamerica” (2010), paying attention to the lyrics (also noting that the introduction to this video is in Quechua!). Then write a response reflecting on any connections you find between these two works. What are your reactions in general? What questions do you have?
    2. After reading our FOI post, please share a little bit about yourself in relation to our FOI: How to be an Effective Global Citizen. Some ideas of things you could discuss (these are just examples, just choose one or a combo, or do something else altogether as long as it relates to our FOI): A) Your personal identity, and how it informs how you move through the world and your communities, how you benefit from your privilege, how you experience oppression or microaggressions, etc. B) A bit about a resistance movements from your home community. What are people working toward where you come from? What are the historical roots of violence that people and communities are healing from? What does a more just future look like, where you are from? C) How you hope to change or grow on this trip.
    3. We encourage you to do a little preliminary research on some of the places we will be visiting, now that our tentative itinerary is posted. Just do a little digging and share a few fun facts you find (nothing too extensive)! Some potential communities to look into: History and culture of the Quechua people in Cusco or Cochabamba; the Aymara people in El Alto or on Lake Titicaca; the Shipibo-Konibo Pueblo in Pucallpa; Bolivia’s Afro-Bolivian population; the Cantagallo Community in Lima; the Alto Peru neighborhood in Chorillos, Lima; the LGBTQ rights movement in Bolivia and Peru. These are just some examples of communities we will be encountering during our trip, but feel free to get creative!

We know that this is a decent amount of preparation, but we also know it will be well worth it. We can’t wait to hear your responses! It would be great to have all of them posted on the Yak board Wednesday, February 5th.

Much love,

Carolina, Henry, y Jac