Experiential Peacebuilding: Ecuador



Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding

Dates: June 13 – 22, 2014
Location: Andes Mountains, Ecuador
Activities: Backpacking and cultural immersion with Quechua community


Tuition for the 10-day Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding is $2200 USD.

Join an extraordinary journey in the Ecuadorian Andes that integrates conflict resolution and leadership training into a unique multicultural outdoor experience. Using proven experiential learning techniques, the Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding is an opportunity to get out of the office/classroom and take your skills to the next level.

Course Overview and Environment

The Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding (PEP) is a program that combines a unique outdoor experience with experiential learning techniques in a multi-cultural environment. During this ten day expedition, participants will spend time backpacking in Cotpaxi National Park with 10-12 strangers from around the world. The experience will include a cultural experience with indigenous people from Ecuador, an overnight solo, and a breathtaking rappel. Along the journey, participants will learn and practice leadership skills, challenge their own perspectives, explore relevant peacebuilding topics, and develop meaningful relationships with participants who share similar commitments to peace and human dignity.

This course will take place in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador. Participants will start at elevations of 2700m and possibly go up to 4300m depending on the group. Participants should be prepared for a physically and mentally challenging experience with temperatures ranging from 32-68 degrees F/0-20 degrees C. Participants will be camping, backpacking (packs weighing up to 20-25 KG) and sleeping outdoors.

Program Learning Objectives

  • To cultivate compassionate and cross culturally aware peacebuilding leaders.
  • To explore and learn the methodology and philosophy of experiential peacebuilding.
  • To learn and apply conflict resolution and peacebuilding skills in an experiential context.
  • To join active networks of peacebuilders.

To find out more visit: http://www.outwardboundpeace.org/programs/practicum-on-experiential-peacebuilding/