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Cornell-Int'l Course: Cornell-Caldas Tandem Exchange, Colombia
Bogota, Colombia; Manizales, Colombia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Restrictions: CU applicants only
Program Description:

7-Day program in Colombia for Cornell students that have completed the tandem virtual exchange with University of Caldas students as part of their course work for Spanish 1230 or 2090


Spring Break 2017, April 1-9th 2017

Bogotá and Manizales (Colombia)

Dear Student,
I am Silvia Amigo-Silvestre, the co-coordinator of the Cornell-Caldas virtual tandem exchange program. I am preparing a trip for students, who completed the virtual tandem exchange with students at the Universidad de Caldas (Manizales, Colombia), to provide them with an opportunity to further develop their linguistic and intercultural skills. This trip is also open to Span2090 students who will be participating in the virtual exchange this semester.
During this trip, each Cornell student will be paired with at least one Colombian student and will be asked to focus on a cultural aspect that they will research through different activities. The activities, which are designed for linguistic and intercultural interaction and research, will be lead by Cornell and Universidad de Caldas instructors. 

We are currently planning the trip for April 1 - 9 (Spring Break 2017). We are trying to keep the cost near $2,000.  Cost will include round-trip air, lodging excursions, and in-country transportation.  Please visit the Cornell Abroad website page for Finances to find out more information about funding opportunities that may be available and deadlines for applications:

For every side-trip and planned activity there will be instructors from Cornell and Caldas, as well as tandem-exchange students accompanying the Cornell student group. At least 2 Cornell instructors will stay with the students in the different hotels.  Possible activities may include the following:
  • Explore the city of Manizales, one of the safest cities in South America, to learn about its history and its people. A recent national survey has declared Manizales the best city to live in Colombia.
  • Visit the University of Caldas where you will experience different aspects of the university live and have the opportunity to interact with Colombian students in their English classes with discussions facilitated by Cornell and University of Caldas instructors.
  • Relax and have fun at the waterpark and volcanic natural springs of Termales Otoño.
  • Visit and a stay at the guesthouse at Hacienda Venecia, a working coffee plantation. There we will: 
    • explore the culture of coffee with a workshop; enjoy a tour of the plantation and the interaction with different staff members (from tour guides to coffee collectors).
    • hike the plantation trails to explore the biodiversity of the area. 
  • Visit and stay at the Reserva Río Blanco, where you will explore the biodiversity with a guided tour during the day and enjoy an evening of traditional food and life music with our Colombian friends.
  • The last day of the trip students will do a presentation reflecting about their topic of research during the trip. After they will have the opportunity of relaxing at Villa Beatriz facilities and preparing and enjoying a traditional meal with our Colombian friends.
  • During the stay in Manizales, Cornell students and instructors will stay at Hotel Casa Galvez.  
While in Colombia, students will stay in hotels, resorts, and haciendas with at least 2 Cornell instructors.
  • Students’ Spanish language skills will be reinforced.
  • Students’ intercultural skills will be reinforced using an ethnographic approach that will include dialogue and reflection activities throughout the duration of the trip.
  • Students will post blog entries in Spanish to document their linguistic and cultural reflections.
As the trip nears, students will be required to attend two orientation sessions, held outside of regular class hours.
Approximately $2,000, however the final cost will depend on the number of students who commit and the cost of airfare.  

Any Cornell student who has completed or is in the process of completing the virtual-tandem exchange with students at the Universidad de Caldas, Colombia, as part of their course work in a Spanish course at the Romance Studies Department.

Application Deadline: September 30th.  Students will have to commit in full by October 17th with a $500 down payment.
Since this program is optional, the only funds that are available through Financial Aid would be loan funds.  However, there are some units around campus that provide travel grant funds as part of the Off-Campus Opportunity Fund (OCOF) for students to use towards international program participation.  The deadline for OCOF is March 1st and these units have varied eligibility requirements, so please look into them as soon as possible.
If you receive financial aid and are not successful in securing a travel grant, your only option will be to apply to Financial Aid to request loan funds to support your travel. Kathy Lynch ( in the Cornell Abroad office would be happy to work with you to create cost estimates to be used by Financial Aid.

Silvia Amigo-Silvestre, Sr. Lecturer in Spanish, Department of Romance Studies
Another lecturer in Spanish from the Department of Romance Studies
Please contact Silvia Amigo-Silvestre  (  



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