Inspirational field trips around South America that will enhance your students’ learning, connect them to new cultures and engage them to pressing global issues.
BY KAGUMU STAFF
STUDENT TRAVEL | 5-MINUTE READ
From learning about sustainable development in Colombia’s City of Eternal Spring, Medellin, to exploring environmental conservation in the Galapagos; check out these intercultural trips tailored to a variety of study areas.
Anthropology & Archeology in Santa Marta, Colombia
Colombia boasts an eclectic mix of cultures with over 80 different indigenous cultures still inhabiting the jungles, mountain ranges and grassland plains. One of the most intriguing and culturally diverse areas is La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta - the highest coastal mountain range in the world. This awe-inspiring region transports students back to the Pre-Hispanic times, giving them access to archaeological ruins dating back to 800AD. In the city of Santa Marta, students discover ancient artifacts in the world-class Gold Museum and thanks to Kagumu’s local partnerships, take part in a unique weaving workshop and spiritual cleansing with the native Arhuaco community. The more adventurous groups trek four days through the jungle, crossing rivers and climbing mountain passageways to discover Ciudad Perdida - The Lost City. Check out the example trip itinerary by clicking here.
Environmental Science in the Galapagos, Ecuador
Few places offer students the chance to experience true environmental conservation and hands-on scientific experiences like the iconic Galapagos Islands. Thanks to Kagumu’s local alliances, students will help the local reforestation effort as well as joining experts in their giant tortoise restoration projects and beach clean ups. Visit the intriguing Charles Darwin Research Station and discover first-hand the essential animal conservation work of expert scientists. Students will of course explore some of the most remarkable islands on the archipelago, coming face to face with the native salt-spitting marine iguanas, witnessing the blue-footed boobies’ magical mating dance and snorkelling next to penguins and hammer-head sharks. Click here to view our trip.
International Business in Medellin, Colombia
Medellin has long since been labelled the innovative hub of South America, driving Colombia's recent economic surge past its heavyweight neighbours. Once a city blighted by a reputation of violence and insecurity, Medellin has transformed into a city boasting world-class incubating hubs, neighbourhoods transformed by community projects and a tech scene looking to impact society and the environment in a positive way. Indeed, Colombia’s second biggest city is aiming to become South America’s first eco city by expanding its urban cycling network and already impressive cable car and metro system. An expansion of interactive parks is planned to complement the burgeoning number of grassroots organizations that work with previously neglected communities through art, dance, music and graffiti. Students who travel to the City of Eternal Spring, will become inspired to step away from business as usual and use social enterprises as a way of doing good.
Global Health in Peru
Now more than ever before global health is on the agenda. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted just how fragile some country’s health networks are and how important it is to allow low-income communities access to good and free health care. Students who join one of our programs in Peru will lend a helping hand by joining impactful local foundations and organizations to build the infrastructure for Mobile Clinics. Students will work alongside native and farming communities in developing the right solutions for the health problems they are facing and will witness first-hand the sustainable impact on the communities.
Travel & Tourism in Peru