Empowering Locally, Educating Globally
A study abroad program that is part of a greater plan for sustainable community development, Rehearsing Change carries out the central mission of Pachaysana by empowering local communities while simultaneously educating global leaders. We are part of the Fair Trade Learning movement and practice decolonial education. Local counterparts and international students learn together, studying development, sustainability, identity and globalization, all in the context of the reality of our local community. We apply learned 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 in partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ).
Fall Semesters: We work with a local communities and organizations in the capital city of Quito and the surrounding areas.
Spring Semesters: We work with local communities in Ecuador's Amazon Region.