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Otovalo, Ecuador Service Learning Trip

Third World Women's Knowledge & Praxis, May 22-June 6, 2017


Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2017.

Applications require two references, one of whom must be a member of the Colgate faculty. View the application and apply here.

Extended Study Leaders

  • Denise Contreras, Assistant Director of Survivor Support Services
  • Anne Rios-Rojas, Assistant Professor of Education Studies
  • Cristina Serna, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies

About the Opportunity

Sponsored by the COVE and the Center for International Programs, this service-learning trip to Ecuador will examine the ways in which Third World Women have been depicted as passive victims of external forces like sexism, colonialism and, more recently, globalization. In conjunction with the Tandana Foundation, students will work to support specific projects developed by local communities and examine:
  • the ways in which Third World Women are speaking back to and complicating colonial narratives and inverting notions of “victimhood,”
  • the ways in which “empowerment” is defined and taken up in local contexts by local actors (namely women/women of color),
  • the ways in which Third World Women lead different resistance movements (i.e. labor- or land-based movements, cultural regeneration/resistance movements, education/community schools, etc.),
  • how Third World women are involved in the production of art and other forms of culture.

Fees and Aid

The trip cost is $500 per student. Financial aid is available. To learn more, join the group directors on Friday, February 3, at 3pm in the Women's Studies Center for an information session.
Lake Cuichocha cooking school