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Colombia

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This page is under construction as we work to bring you this new location! Updates being added during summer 2019.

Welcome to Augsburg CGEE in Colombia!

Towering Andean summits, a beautiful Caribbean Coast, tropical grasslands and rain forests, Colombia offers a diversity of landscapes matched by few countries. It covers about 440,000 square miles and borders Ecuador and Peru to the south, Brazil to the east, and Panama to the northwest. Colombia has significant natural resources and a hospitable culture, including indigenous peoples from more than 70 different ethnic groups, and folks of Spanish and African origin.
 
CGEE is based in Bogota, a bustling city in Colombia, and the third highest capital city in the world. A melting pot of people from around the country, it is diverse and multicultural, with a blend of modern and colonial architecture. The city is also filled with interesting plazas, including the Plaza Bolívar, which is the main square in the heart of Bogota.
 
Over the last two generations, Colombia has experienced profound economic, social and political change and is now in a "post-conflict" stage, having concluded a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and other rebel groups. CGEE examines these changes in and around Bogota, and its surrounding villages and cities.  Participants will interact with local leaders, government offices, and a range of non-governmental organizations to gain an understanding of various aspects of Colombian economics, culture, politics, and society.
 
Take a moment to review a sampling of our program themes and the locations available to you.  Once you have selected a topic or two that you are interested in, contact CGEE staff via email or phone to discuss your interests. We will work with you to develop a customized itinerary for your next program.
 
 
Our Partners in the country:  In Colombia, CGEE works with local non-government organizations involved in critical global issues, such as community development, peace and conflict transformation, justice, and environmental sustainability.



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Popular themes in Colombia include (but are not limited to):

* Arts & Culture
* Community Organizing 
* Environmental Justice & Sustainability
* Economics, Globalization, & Micro-Financing
* Food Security
* History of Colombia
* Health Care and Education
* Human Rights
* Immigration & Refugees
* Indigenous History, Culture and Current Struggles
* Liberation Theology & Christian Base Communities
* Peace process
* Political Parties and Civil Society
* Positive and Negative Impact of Tourism
* Post-Conflict Transformation
* Religion & Faith
* Resisting Drug Cartels
* Strengthening Civic Society
* U.S.-Colombia Relations
* US Foreign Policy in Colombia
* Women’s/Gender Issues
Bogota:  Bogotá is the capital of Colombia and has a population of about 8 million people. Nestled high in the Andes at 8,646 feet, Bogota is a city of contrasts and a mixture of influences – Spanish, English, and Native Colombians. You'll find modern architecture, graffiti and congestion, as well as restaurants, bookstores and street vendors peddling a variety of goods. There is also a creative energy alive in Bogota, with many interesting art galleries, street art, and hundreds of venues that offer a variety of live music.
 
Villa de Leyva, Boyaca:  A picturesque historical town set high in the Andes, Villa de Leyva is one of the country’s top attractions and is home to some of its best preserved colonial architecture. Located a three-hour drive northeast from the capital Bogota, the 16th-century cobbled streets, terracotta tile roofs and whitewashed buildings welcome visitors to stroll and explore. The city’s architecture is Spanish influenced, and its central Plaza Mayor is believed to be one of the biggest in Colombia and South America, covering some 14,000 square meters. The town’s striking architecture is set to a dramatic backdrop of lush, rolling hills that extend beyond into the surrounding rural areas.
 
Laguna de Tota:  Lake Tota, in east Boyoca regions, is the highest and largest freshwater lake in Colombia.  It includes a white, sandy beach and it is surrounded by a green and fertile countryside. Although environmentally challenged by trout farming and onion farming, it remains a beautiful lake with clear water, and green reeds along the shore that provide a haven for birds.
 
Tayrona National Park:  Tayrona National Park, in northern Colombia, is a large protected area covering the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta as they meet the Caribbean coast. It’s known for its palm-shaded coves, coastal lagoons, rainforest and rich biodiversity. At its heart, the Pueblito ruins are an archaeological site accessed via forest trails, with terraces and structures built by the Tayrona civilization.
 
Tunjo Archeological Park: Piedras del Tunjo is an archaeological park established on a natural rock shelter 25 miles west of Bogotá in the city of Facatativá. The park is filled with cave paintings that are more than 10 thousand years old.  The park also includes a variety of wildlife, beautiful flora and fauna.
 
We are currently working on sample programs and activities for Colombia and will post soon!  

Coming soon!
Questions about Colombia custom programming? Contact Peggy Johnson at:

Peggy Staff Photo 
 Email: johnsop2@augsburg.edu
 Phone: 612-330-1118