Day 1: Orientation
Fundación serena del mar
On our first full day in country we held orientation in the Afro-Colombian fishing village of Manzanillo del Mar where we had the opportunity to meet all of our Colombian partners. Following introductions and lunch, we heard from a diverse panel of Colombian content experts. In the evening we had a chance to take in a Caribbean sunset by the sea and enjoyed a fun dinner outdoors!
Day 2: Site Visit
Our first site visit was to a school in south Cartagena, IE Bertha Gedeón de Baladí, with our Colombian counterparts. We were honored with a cultural welcome (including a marching band!), shot photos around the neighborhood in the afternoon, and the students began work on their first project centering on personal conception of peace and peacebuilding at the individual level.
Day 3: Tourism
On day 3 we explored the Walled City of Cartagena and its surrounding neighborhoods, including Getsemaní and La Matuna. We took in the local street art in the morning, and had a chance to see the San Felipe Castle in the afternoon with time left to do some shopping in the evening.
Day 4: Site Visit
Day 5: Site Visit
Manzanillo del mar
Day 6: Site Visit
Montes de maría
Day 7: Closing
There’s a bond between the people there. They go through the same struggles together and in the United States it’s not that simple, it’s not that connected. I would like for Americans to strive for this community relationship.
I felt lucky to be in a country that is grateful for what they have. I now believe I need to seize more opportunities. Colombia is a place I would like to return to.
I felt happy to see communities wanting to help each other. I saw communities that are very close [and] people striving for peace. I now believe you shouldn’t assume how people will be before you meet them.
At first I was worried, but I felt so welcomed into the villages and it was an amazing experience to work with others... Now I want to travel more.
This trip has really made me think about myself in different ways... looking at these people who’ve gone through so many difficult things and [who] are so resilient, it’s really incredible how they can be happy and welcoming even when they haven’t always felt safe to do so. It makes me feel like anything I go through I can still come out of it and be happy and kind to others.
Having interacted with the students from the United States, who enjoy photography like me, I feel very happy for these new relationships and to be a part of this program.
Quote translated from Spanish
This experience changed my way to see the world because I was thinking that the peace was impossible. Now I think that in Colombia we are working within the peace… In other countries [we are seen as] violent, we fight and all… but that’s not right... So when we take a picture we can change the minds of other people to show the true Colombian citizen.
I learned about how can we change the world through pictures and how can we teach others… how to be peaceful. The photography connect[ed] me with the Americans when we work together to have a good photo [and] interchange ideas.
My favorite part of this experience was to share with friendship... I have learned many things, for example photography… It is a way that we [can] identify as a culture and know how to represent it… Because I see the world in a different way through photography.