Show, not tell.
Educational field trips take you across Medellín to highlight the most important social, cultural, and economic developments in the city.
You'll go to diverse neighborhoods and interact, talk to locals, practice your Spanish and draw your own conclusions about Medellín's complex situation.
From Garbage to Gardens
Medellin's 50-meter high rubbish dump in Moravia was spontaneously populated during the 1960's. It quickly became Medellin's most densely populated neighborhood and, with it's dire living conditions, was considered a national embarrassment.
On the field trip, you'll see what changes Moravia has seen since then. You'll learn about the greenhouse and gardens, the community center, and ongoing social changes from the perspective of a community leader.
Reaping a Social Harvest
Of the hundreds of thousands that fled the Colombian countryside in the 1970's, many ended up living in informal settlements in mountains just outside of Medellin.
One of these hillside settlements is now the 13 de Noviembre neighborhood, home to the Greenbelt EcoGardens. On this field trip, you will learn how the EcoGarden project incorporate food production into the city, provides jobs, and allows schools to establish healthy meal programs.
From Chaos to Harmony
Medellín has converted 13 of its water tanks into community centers called UVAs. This field trip will take you to one of these UVAs, called la Armonía, in the Manrique neighborhood.
You'll see how the rapid development of these neighborhoods and the modification of the water tanks into community centers has affected the perspectives of the locals. There's also the chance to eat typical food and interact with a local social project.
Pathways for life
During times of violence in Medellin, "Invisible Borders" referred to the no-pass zones between neighborhoods that prevented free travel around the city.
On this field trip we visit a former "Invisible Border" to discuss the challenges the neighborhood faces and projects that are working to improve the infrastructure and quality of life of residents.
From Mountains to Palate
This coffee-focused field trip will teach you about the culture of this Colombian resource within the city of Medellin and Colombia as a whole.
You'll explore the different qualities of coffee consumed in Colombia, from the traditional red coffee prepared in a cafeteria to the craft coffees made in a Chemex or a French press.