Dance to the Beat


Duration 10 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 14 - 18
Experience Music
Arts and Culture as the Voice of People


Dance to the Beat of Colombia's Rhythm

Colombia III

Embark on a journey through Colombia's rich history, from colonial times to today. Discover communities' efforts for sustainable peace after years of conflict, with music, dance, and art as integral parts. Immerse in the vibrant Colombian culture, from Bogotá to the Caribbean coast and the Andes. Explore the flavors of local cuisine and witness the stunning natural beauty. Join us on this journey and explore the pathways to peace forged through resilience and hope.

“Colombia, where the Andes rise like sentinels and the Caribbean whispers tales of pirates, is a nation of contrasts, a mosaic of history and natural beauty.“


“Cartagena's charm is a Gabriel García Márquez novel, a tale of magical realism by the sea.“


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

Upon arrival to Bogotá, students are greeted by Envoys educators. They transfer to their accomodations, receive a safety briefing and set out to explore the surrounding area. They day ends with a welcome dinner, sampling traditional Colombian cuisine.

Day 2

We visit the National Museum of Colombia. In a music class, students learn about Colombian rhythms and instruments. We then head to La Candelaria neighborhood, the historic center of Bogotá, to explore the vibrant street art scene and visit local art galleries and workshops.

Day 3

Graffiti tour in La Candelaria, to explore the local street art scene and learn about the cultural and political significance of murals. We then head to Zona G, a trendy neighborhood. Then, we visit contemporary art galleries, where students meet local artists and learn about their creative process.

Day 4

We visit the Botero Museum and Luis Angel Arango's Library. After lunch, we head to the Paloquemao Market, one of Bogotá's largest and most vibrant markets, to discover the diverse culinary traditions of Colombia and the Andean region.

Day 5

We head out to Zipaquirá, visit the Salt Cathedral and walk through the salt mines. Then, we lunch at Andrés Carnes de Res in Chía, surrounded by typical dances and decorations. Finally, we head back to Bogotá and end the day walking around Usaquén.

Day 6

We fly to Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its colonial architecture and Caribbean rhythms. We lunch at a local restaurant, and students take a champeta class to learn about the local music and dance style, originated in the Afro-Caribbean communities of the region.

Day 7

We visit the Bazurto Market, a vibrant Afro-Caribbean market where students can find local music and crafts. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Then, we visit a community arts organization to learn about sustainable community development through the arts.

Day 8

We travel to San Basilio de Palenque, a village founded by escaped African slaves in the 16th century, known for its unique culture and music. We participate in a music workshop to learn about the unique rhythms and instruments used in traditional Afro-Colombian music. We return to Cartagena.

Day 9

A city tour of Cartagena and its historic old city. Our expert guide takes us through the narrow streets, colorful buildings, and picturesque plazas. We visit art galleries and cultural centers to learn about the local arts scene. The, we fly back to Bogotá and have a celebratory dinner.

Day 10

On our final day, students complete program evaluations to discuss what we learned and how we can apply it to our lives back home. We then transfer to the airport for our flights back home, taking memories and insights that will stay with us for a lifetime.

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Lenses of Inquiry


Afro-Colombian Identity

Explore the influence of Afro-Colombian music, dance, and art on Colombia's national identity. Through visits to cultural centers, museums, and music and dance performances, students learn about Afro-Colombian traditions and how they have shaped the country's social and political landscape.


Art & Political Expression

Explore the role of art in political expression and social change. Through visits to art galleries and artist workshops, students learn the ways in which art can be used to challenge norms and give voice to marginalized communities, plus the importance of artistic freedom in a democratic society.


Community Development

Students explore the role of the arts in community development and empowerment. They learn about the ways in which communities can use art and cultural traditions to create sustainable economic and social development initiatives, generating positive change in communities.


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