Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally
Study Abroad and Community Development in the Ecuadorian Amazon
We often hear the phrase "save the rainforest," but what can we really do about it? The Ecuadorian Amazon is quickly disappearing, threatening both biological and cultural diversity. Because of plentiful natural resources in the region, even the smallest Amazon communities are connected to consumers around the world. Since the problem is both local and global, the solutions must come from a dialogue between local and international communities. We have created a study abroad program that unites change-agents from these two communities, and together they innovate new models in sustainable development.
is a semester-long, community-based study abroad program in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Like no other program in the world, we focus on the simultaneous, equitable education of local counterparts, meaning students work and study on a daily basis with community members. Facilitated by leading scholars and teaching artists, we combine challenging academics, Arts for Conflict Transformation methodology and experiential/service learning. Our project-based classes ask participants to examine the conflicts between local and global realities, and to use dialogue and innovation to create change. REHEARSING CHANGE is a credit-bearing program designed, administered and evaluated by the Pachaysana Institute
(an Ecuadorian NGO) and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito
(USFQ). USFQ is an accredited institution that provides official transcripts to international students.
, listed here, are team taught and cross-listed to facilitate ease of transferring credits.
- Theatre for Social Action and Innovation (3 credits).
- Storytelling: Language and Movement (3 credits).
- Identity and Place (3 credits)
- Design and Evaluation of Sustainable Community Projects (3 credits)
- Independent Study (1 to 6 credits)
In addition to Tiputini and the Toxic Tour, excursions include visits to Indigenous communities in the Highlands and an afro-Ecuadorian community on the coast.