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Peru Summer Institute - Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon

EDCP 467A: Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon (3 credits) EDCP 467B: Narrativity, Indigenous Ecoliteracies and Ecopedagogies in the High Amazon (3 credits)

About the program


EDCP 467A:  Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon (3 credits)

EDCP 467B:  Narrativity, Indigenous Ecoliteracies and Ecopedagogies in the High Amazon (3 credits)

This program will take place at the Sachamama Center for BioCultural Regeneration in Lamas, Peru.  The Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to work collaboratively with the local Kichwa-Lamista communities in their bio-cultural regeneration with the goal of nurturing intercultural dialogue.

This six (6) credit Peru Summer Institute: 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:  Narrativity, Indigenous Ecoliteracies and Ecopedagogies in the High Amazon

Through a combination of seminars at Sachamama and immersion learning in a local Kichwa-Lamista community, students will engage mind, body, heart and spirit as they experience worldviews, knowings, and community practices that value other than global capital and geopolitical systems.  Students will reciprocate by doing hands-on service work at Sachamama and in the Kichwa-Lamista community as part of their coursework. It is anticipated that the exchanges with the Kichwa-Lamista continue beyond the Peru Summer Institute enacting sustained intercultural solidarity-building toward a more just and sustainable world.

EDCP 467A: Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon offers an examination of the political histories of Indigenous Peoples globally, and in the High Amazon particularly; their struggles to protect their lands from encroachment and ecological exploitation; and, the relevance of Indigenous wisdom, knowings and cultural practices in addressing today’s social and ecological challenges.  Students participate in 4 days of hands-on immersion learning in a Kichwa-Lamista community where they will engage in cultural activities including making terra preta de indio (Amazonian dark earth), constructing a tambo (building of bamboo), planting or harvesting food on the chacras (fields), weaving, pottery making, preparing meals, and ceremonies.

EDCP 467B: Narrativity, Indigenous Ecoliteracies, and Ecopedagogies in the High Amazon explores the intersections of Indigeneity, narrativity, ecoliteracy, and ecopedagogy.  Narrativity has long served Indigenous Peoples as an educational and survival practice.  Being able to ‘read’ the land, the sky, the currents of the waters, how a condor flies, how a fish swims, the freshness of tracks and traces, the weather and the predicative ‘meanings’ inscribed within storying have always been key aspects of Indigenous pedagogies. Through experiences with the Kichwa-Lamistas, students learn/live narratives having little to do with the ‘development’ and global economics as they reflect on their own interconnectedness of mind, body, spirit, and place.

Other Opportunities

  • Optional language classes (beginner and intermediate Spanish, or beginning Quechua) will be offered by accredited language teachers at the Sachamama Center, for an additional fee.
  •  An Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu can be arranged through an accredited tour company in Cusco, Peru (if there is enough interest) to take place the week before the Peru Summer Institute.  Please check the high altitude trekking fitness and acclimatization requirements.

Students will stay at Casa La Sangapilla that is located on the beautiful grounds of the Sachamama Center.

General timeline

Program Dates: June 4 - 24, 2017

Information Sessions: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 2pm - 3pm I SCRF 2108 - located on the first floor of the south wing classroom block 

Week 1: Sachamama Center for BioCultural Regeneration, 1 day at Centro Takiwasi

  • Seminars; guest lecturer; guided tour of Lamas and Wayku; guided tour and lecture at Centro Takiwasi; work on chacra-huerto (optional)

Week 2: Sachamama Center, immersion learning in Shukshuyaku and Alto Pucalpilla

  • Seminars; film and guest filmmaker; 3-day immersion learning stay in the Kichwa-Lamista community of Shukshuyaku, 1-day in Alto Pucalpilla; work on chacra-huerto (optional)

Week 3:  Sachamama Center, optional day of contemplation/fasting

  • Seminars; optional day of silence and non-communicative contemplation/fasting; preparation and presentation of final projects; work on chacra-huerto (optional)


This program is open to senior undergraduate students and Masters students from faculties across campus, including, but not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Human Geography
  • Land and Food Systems
  • Native Studies
  • Sciences
  • Eco-justice and Sustainability Education

Please contact if you are interested in the program but do not belong to the above programs.

Program fees and costs

The program fee is $2200. 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
Accommodations in Peru *Tuition 

In country travel that is related to the program, including travel to/from the airport


Classroom fees


Meals (all)

Go Global Fee  

*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 Peru is a separate cost. You are responsible for arranging your own travel.Go Global can provide suggestions upon program confirmation. 

*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

Global Seminars refund policy

Refund on deposits

Students are eligible for a refund of their deposit minus the administrative fee ($407) if they withdraw from the program within 30 days of paying the deposit; this provides time to fill vacated spots so the cost to other students does not increase. After 30 days, the deposit is 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.

Refund on program fees

Students who withdraw from a Global Seminar after having paid the remaining program fee are not eligible for a refund of their deposit or the program fee. 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


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