Our Program

International Cultural Exchange is a program designed to involve North American schools and organizations with the Colombian culture. Since 2007, PCT Colombia has brought more than 25 groups to different regions in Colombia. Stanley Middle School (CA), Maple Grove High School (MN), and McCallie School (TN) have travelled multiple times over this period.

The components that make our exchange program to Colombia a successful experience are 1) the excellent host schools and host families that receive the students in each community allowing for opportunities to start friendships and test language skills, 2) the activities that allow students to experience unique aspects of the local culture, 3) excursions that draw out historical, social and environmental context of the special iconic regions of Colombia, 4) and the opportunity to participate in social service projects.  Social service can last one day or more, depending on the group. It will be coordinated with an existing organization that needs support in specific areas.

Groups have ranged from 4 to 25 students mainly from middle and high schools. We have also managed programs made up of university students, adult groups and elementary school children with their parents. After 5 to 10 days living with a host family, the group may choose to spend 3 to 5 days traveling to an important cultural region of Colombia.  It is not a requirement to choose one of the excursions.  And, it is not a requirement to interact with a host school and families.  Accommodation may be organized using the host component or by lodging in hotels.  We are happy to organize the program that best suits your group and you are able to take advantage of the components that best meet your group’s goals. 

CHOOSE A HOST CITY

The group will visit a host school in one of Colombia’s major cities, Bogota, Cali, Medellin or the Coffee Region.

WE WILL LOCATE A HOST SCHOOL

The Host School will coordinate cultural activities, classes, will select a host family and plan a social service project

HOST FAMILIES

Families belong to the host school community and will have a student, near the same age and most often the same gender as the visiting student.

SOCIAL SERVICE

There are dozens of worthwhile activities to be involved in to learn about and experience challenging social and environmental situations.

After finishing your stay you can expand your program visiting a special region of Colombia!

Cra 70F # 127A - 90

Bogota-Colombia

Tel: 507-721-1226

intercambio@pctcolombia.net

directpct@pctcolombia.net