Designing your program

We view the designing of these programs as a form of collective dreaming. Rather than creating our own programs, we typically work with university faculty and staff to create and personalize programs for their diverse learning communities-- whether they be the students and faculty for a specific course or a dynamic student cohort that seeks a specific experience (such as an alternative break). Through a dialogue between the Pachaysana team, local communities, and the contracting institution, we create a program that not only meets the needs of all involved, but provides a unique and transformative opportunity for growth. 

While we usually work with professors in creating these programs, we welcome input and interest from students as well. If you are a university student who would like to learn more about how to make these programs available at your institution, please reach out to us using the form found at the bottom of the page. 

The Experience can be lead by...

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Pachasyana Faculty.

In this scenario, our faculty works with the contracting institution to design the curriculum and community-engagement component. We either teach or co-teach the courses and lead non-formal education activities. Depending on the interests of the participating institutions, one or more of our faculty are involved. Our areas of specialty vary greatly, meaning there are diverse themes we can address; however, we recommend coursework and engagement in the areas of Grassroots Community Development, Natural Resource Extraction on Ancestral Lands, Community-Based Tourism, Storytelling for Social Change, Rethinking Identity in a Globalized World, Socio-linguistics and Endangered Languages, Community Engagement and Popular Education Methodologies, Art as Resistence, Dance as Multicultural Dialogue, Hip-Hop Movements in Ecuador, Participatory Action Research, and Decolonial Education.

Home university faculty.

In this scenario, often referred to as customized programs, our team works with the contracting institution to provide in country logistical support to fulfill its educational needs. That being said, we still demand that the program fulfill our Fair Trade model and that local communities are provided with ample opportunity to grow and learn from the experience. Unlike other faculty-led programs, we will challenge the contracting institution to go beyond a regular short-term course and to include locals in every aspect of the program. Even more challenging is that the inclusion of locals does not refer to the providing of services to the local communities; rather, it implies developing projects hand-in-hand that benefit all participants equally.

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The experience can be...

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These short term programs are focused on an extended stay with one of our partner communities. In this case, coursework is tied directly to a grassroots development project, in which we work together with local counterparts. By living with one community, participants have a chance to really get to know their local counterparts and grow together. Our projects must be proposed by the community and fulfill real objectives. The community-based experience can be carried out as part of a Home School Faculty-led experience or a Pachaysana-led experience. In most cases, we focus on the Amazon region or Quito and its surrounding areas; however, we also maintain partnerships in other parts of the country and can arrange for visits in the central highlands and coast. 

Community-Based.

These short term programs are focused on visiting several of our partner communities for a few days each. In this case, we do not work on grassroots development projects together with local counterparts; rather, the local participants lead our short stays by sharing their stories and fulfilling the roles of informal educators. Each community stay revolves around a particular theme that can be built into either a Home School Faculty-led experience or a Pachaysana-led experience. In most cases, we focus on the Amazon region or Quito and its surrounding areas; however, we also maintain partnerships in other parts of the country and can arrange for visits in the central highlands and coast. 

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Travel-Oriented

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