Culture, Community & Conservation


Duration 9 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 14 - 18
Experience Pathways to Peace


Pathways to Peace: Exploring the Intersection of Culture, Community & Conservation

Colombia I

Embark on a Colombian odyssey, tracing the nation's history and the pathways to forging peace. Explore the cultural tapestry, from colonial heritage to contemporary vibrancy. Witness Colombian communities' efforts and artistic contributions to sustainable peace. Immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes, from Bogotá to the Caribbean and Andes, savoring local cuisine amid breathtaking beauty.

“In Colombia's rhythm, where salsa meets coffee aroma, every step is a celebration, and every cup tells tales of passion from the Andean slopes.“


“From the vibrant streets of Cartagena to the coffee terraces of the Zona Cafetera, Colombia's essence is a symphony of colors, flavors, and warmth.“


Impact Statement Everywhere we go, we carry a promise – to engage with respect, act with purpose, and leave a positive imprint. As envoys of our journey is more than travel; Our footprint is light, but our impact is profound, creating bridges of cooperation and mutual growth across the globe.

Day 1

After settling into accommodations and a safety briefing, the day unfolds with insights into Colombia's history, spanning pre-colonial eras to independence. Later, we visit the Gold Museum and take a walking tour in La Candelaria. The day ends with a welcome dinner featuring Colombian dishes.

Day 2

The day starts at the National Museum. Then, an Art Graffiti tour, followed by visits to local galleries exploring art's role in peace and reconciliation. Finally, a First Impressions workshop for students to reflect on their experiences and compare initial perceptions with the reality of Colombia.

Day 3

A visit to Chingaza National Park to understand the link between preserving natural resources and peace. Then, they embark on a hike to explore the park's biodiversity. Returning to Bogotá, the group visits GAIA, an NGO promoting environmental preservation and sustainable development.

Day 4

Students fly to Cartagena. After a tour exploring colonial architecture and history, they learn about Spanish colonialism's influence. The Palace of the Inquisition reveals insights into the Inquisition's impact. A visit to San Felipe Castle sheds light on the impact of colonialism.

Day 5

Students head to Barú to explore the role of music and dance in reconciliation. Afterward, they return to Cartagena, and participate in a local music class. The day showcases the impact of music and culture in peace-building, highlighting community-led initiatives. Finally, dinner in Getsemaní.

Day 6

After exploring Santa Marta's historical center and having lunch, we head to Tayrona Park and Palomino for a two-night stay. This offers a unique opportunity to connect with Colombia's vibrant culture and natural wonders, emphasizing the country's stunning beauty and biodiversity.

Day 7

The morning in Palomino begins with a hike to a Kogui village for a reforestation project. After floating down the river, we'll share a traditional Colombian meal and participate in a mochilas workshop. The day ends with a reflection on sustainability and cultural exchange as pathways to peace.

Day 8

The next day in Palomino offers relaxation and activities to explore the area's geography and history. After lunch, we return to Santa Marta, fly back to Bogotá for our last night, reflecting on the transformative journey, celebrating community engagement, innovation, and design as pathways to peace

Day 9

Our day ends with a full program debrief and reflection workshop so students can process their experiences, recognize each other’s contributions, and prepare to share our learnings and growth with our family and school community.

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Lenses of Inquiry



Students will explore Colombia's past and present through a historical lens, analyzing primary and secondary sources to understand the impact of colonialism, the drug trade, and conflicts on Colombian society. The program delves into past peace-building efforts, fostering critical thinking and research skills, providing a nuanced understanding of Colombia's complex political and social landscape.



Students explore Colombia's past and present through a historical lens, to understand the impact of colonialism, drug trade, and conflicts. They delve into past peace-building efforts, fostering critical thinking, and providing an understanding of Colombia's complex political and social landscape.


Environmental Sustainability

Explore the connection between sustainability and peace. The program focuses on Colombia's ecosystems and biodiversity, emphasizing the importance of preserving resources. Students learn to assess human impact and identify strategies for sustainable development and environmental stewardship.


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