Rehearsing Change: SEMESTER-LONG STUDY ABROAD
A study abroad program that is part of a greater dream to reimagine education, community engagement, and global-local relationships, Rehearsing Change carries out the central mission of Pachaysana by bringing together diverse perspectives and voices to create and dialogue together. We are a pioneer of the Fair Trade Learning movement and practice decolonial education. Local Ecuadorian counterparts and international students learn together, engaging with topics such as sustainability, identity, and globalization, all in the context of how they interact with our lived realities, especially the reality of the local community. We apply knowledge and tools through the Applied Arts (or Arts for Social Change), Engaged Learning/Scholarship and Participatory Action Research. Rehearsing Change is designed, administered and evaluated by Pachaysana in partnership with our School of Record, Juniata College.
Short-term programming is the new trend in study abroad, yet the field is just scratching the surface of its potential, especially as it relates to community engagement. Being able to visit another country for a short time needs to be seen as both a privilege and responsibility, especially when we consider that people in the host communities do not have access to the same opportunities. Thus, as with the Rehearsing Change program, almost everything about our short-term programming is different.
We offer short-term study abroad programs to groups of international students who seek to expand their worldview and engage in meaningful, critical intercultural dialogue. As with our semester-long program, our short-term options rethink what study abroad is, and what it can be.
Combine hands-on, community-engaged fieldwork with activism for social justice.
Work in partnership with agrarian, Indigenous and/or activist Ecuadorian communities on existing community projects to uplift and visibilize marginalized voices/identities, challenge dominant paradigms in development & education, increase community autonomy & sustainability and promote a culture of peace.
Our online educational programming was born out of the need to re-imagine our programming during the global public health crisis caused by COVID-19. International and intercultural education, as we knew them, came to a standstill, incentivizing us to adapt and transition our decolonial model for online spaces. We created a virtual intercultural education program (similar to virtual study abroad) called "From the Cracks," which maintains our creative, critical, and communal spirit, and a series of unlearning webinars and workshops. We partner with universities, nonprofits, and other collectives in carrying out these programs, personalizing each offering to communal or institutional needs.
WORKSHOPS & CONSULTANCIES
We offer workshops and consultancies on a range of topics at both Ecuadorian and U.S. educational institutions, including: decolonizing education, fair-trade study abroad, epistemic justice and theater for social change. After years of only offering virtual workshops, we are happy to announce that on-campus workshops and consultancies are available for the 2022-23 academic year! See our online programming for our current workshop & webinar offerings.