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PERU - Ecology, Technology & Indigeneity in the High Amazon

EDCP 467A (3 credits) EDCP 467B (3 credits)

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Shortlisted students can expect to be invited for interviews in early January.

Selected students will be notified mid-January. 

About the course

This course is led by UBC faculty members Dr.Peter Cole and Dr. Pat O'Riley

This six (6) credit Peru Global Seminar: Ecology, Technology & Indigeneity in the High Amazon offers an intensive three-week program of study consisting of two integrated courses:

• EDCP 467A: Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon

• EDCP 467B: Indigenous Ecoliteracies and Ecopedagogies in the High Amazon

In addition to course readings, seminars and writing assignments, field trips, and guest lectures,

you will learn from Kichwa-Lamista educators and community members about Indigenous cultural practices and ecotechnologies such as:

  • medicinal plants and foods
  • sustainable traditional agricultural practices
  • weaving
  • building and architecture
  • ceramics
  • ritual and ceremony

Through this holistic intercultural/international program of study, you will engage mind, body, heart, and spirit as you experience worldviews, knowings and community practices that value things outside global capital and geopolitical systems.

You will reciprocate by doing hands-on service work in the Kichwa-Lamista communities of Shukshuyaku and Alto Pucalpilla, as well as at the Sachamama Center for BioCultural Regeneration as part of the coursework. It is hoped that the relationships formed with the Kichwa-Lamista will be sustained beyond the duration of the program toward Global North/Global South networking and solidarity building.

You must decide on your final project by the beginning of Week 2. Projects can be done on any topic of interest that has been covered in the course. The final projects will be presented during the morning and afternoon of the last day of the course to give adequate time for discussion and feedback on each project.

About the experience

A typical day might include:

  • seminar discussions in the open air classroom
  • time to read and do written responses to course readings
  • breaks for a swim in the plant- filtered eco swimming pool
  • walking tour of the town of Lamas
  • volunteer work on the chacras (fields) at the Sachamama Center or one of the Kichwa-Lamista communities
  • ceremony led by a local shaman (i.e. protection ceremony; Full Moon ceremony; Sunrise ceremony; planting ceremony)

Notable environmental and cultural conditions:

  • The High Amazon of Peru can be hot, humid, forested, sunny, rainy, and there will be mosquitoes.
  • Students are encouraged to do hands-on service work on the chacras at the Sachamama Center and in the Kichwa-Lamista communities of Shukshuyaku and Alto Pucalpilla.
  • As the Sachamama Center is on the outskirts of the colonial town of Lamas, there is a 15-20 min. walk into town.
  • Transportation by van to Tarapoto (1/2 hour) for field trip, and 1/2 hour by van to the Kichwa-Lamista communities of Shukshuyaku and Alto Pucapillo.

Students will have the rewarding opportunity to experience different worldviews, knowledge, and cultural practices that may be outside of their comfort zones. Culture shock is covered in the Peru Global Seminar Handbook that we provide for the students, and in our seminars both on campus prior to departure and on the first day in Peru.


  • You’ll stay at the beautiful Hospedaje La Sangapilla at the Sachamama Center for BioCultural Regeneration in Lamas, Peru.  You will share the rooms.  There are 2 per room in the Big House and 3 per room in the tambos.  
  • For three nights you’ll stay in the Kichwa-Lamista community of Shukshuyaku where everyone sleeps in the large community tambo which has cots.  Students are to bring their own mosquito nets.
  • The food is all organically grown from the local chacras and prepared by Sachamama Center staff.

General timeline

Program Dates: June 2 - 22, 2019

The program will take place in Peru from June 2-22, 2019.  Prior to your time in the field, you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions in Vancouver.   


To be accepted for this Global Seminar, you have to meet both program-specific requirements as well as Go Global’s general eligibility.

Program-specific requirements:

The Peru Global Seminar is open to undergraduate and graduate students from across campus, including Education, Land and Food Systems, Sciences, Arts, Anthropology, First Nations Studies, Environmental Studies, Geography, etc.

Global Seminars - general eligibility

You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application

You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g. not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar

You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar

You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure

You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date

Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis

You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar

Program fees and costs

Approximately $2800 - 3200+ 6-credit tuition and flight.

The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program. 

All qualifying students will receive a $1000 Go Global Award.

Program fee includes Program fee DOES NOT include
Accommodation Tuition*
Program-related travel Flight*
Program-related excursions Incidentals*
Meals *depending on program
Go Global fee ($415.00)

*UBC Tuition - Not included. Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to your destination is a separate cost. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the program fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.

Please contact a Global Seminar Advisor if you have questions about the program fee. Connecting early with an Enrolment Service Advisor will also be helpful in order to plan for your trip.

Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after acceptance in program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit posted on SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit due date

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Pre-departure policy

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences.  In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

  • All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements
  • Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements (includes both online and in-person components)

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


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