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Pachaysana: Decolonial Education

The Creative Dialogue

Calling a dialogue "creative" should sound redundant, but we have lost sight of the essence of the word... and the action.  We confuse dialogue with simple conversation, or worse we equate it with debate. The goal of dialogue is not to pass the time or to win an argument, it is an authentic exchange in search of meaning or truth. Dialogue makes us feel vulnerable because it implies taking risks: risking being wrong, risking our preconceived notions, risking the need to change everything. 

Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Friere says, "Dialogue is an encounter between men, mediated by the world, in order to name the world." In other words, it is a creative action meant to advance our collective understanding of, and relationship to, the world in which we live. 

At Pachaysana, we focus on a methodology we call the Creative Dialogue, which brings people together from diverse cultures and communities to apply Paulo Freire's philosophy via innovative non-traditional educational methods.

Pachaysana Blog

Read our Pachaysana Blog! The latest entry is entitled "Storytelling for Social Change"

Our latest Blog entry, by our Executive Director Daniel Bryan, explores storytelling as creative dialogue. Here is an excerpt:

"Humans are a fascinating species. Like all other animals we require food, water and shelter to live. However, unlike the rest, we have a special need. While our bodies crave alimentary sustenance, our souls, our essences, our very identities crave stories. What would our identity be like, or how would life be, without stories? Can you imagine human existence without the sharing of stories around a fire, at home, in school, at a bar, at work? There would be no reason for books, film and television. Say goodbye to music and visual art. Forget about our highly developed brains. We are a species that feeds on stories. In truth, and without a doubt, we need stories to live. They provide us with connection: to other humans, to nature, to the beyond and to our deepest self."

Rehearsing Change is Fair Trade Study Abroad

Announcement: Pachaysana and IFSA-Butler offer Rehearsing Change short-term programming

We offer these special 10-day to six week programs for two primary reasons 1) strengthen community education by creating opportunities for our partner communities to apply lessons-learned from our semester-long program, and 2) provide one-of-a-kind short-term educational experiences for international students. Our community partners co-design and co-administer the programs. They are not recipients of services; rather, they are key actors in the entire educational process. International students participate in a rich combination of critical experiential learning, community engagement and cross-cultural education. Read about our Searching for Balance project, which was our very first short-term program. Email Erika Ryser-Garcia of IFSA-Butler for more information.
Pachaysana Position Announcement

Announcing Pachaysana's Guest Faculty Program

We are thrilled to announce the beginning of a guest faculty program. Each semester we will accept letters of inquiry from faculty across the world who have interest in teaching in our groundbreaking study abroad program, Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally. This is a perfect opportunity for instructors and researchers on sabbatical who seek to dedicate a portion of their leave to fair trade education. Depending on the semester, participants can teach anywhere from 1/2 a course to 2 courses in a given semester. All classes are community-based (in Quito and rural Amazon communities) and offered jointly to international students and local community counterparts. We are most interested in faculty with interdisciplinary experience, especially social scientists and artists with a passion for community/civic engagement and experiential learning.  Preference will be given to applicants from partner colleges and universities of the Rehearsing Change program. Read about our incredible regular faculty members. To inquire for the fall or spring semesters of the 2016-17 academic year, please write directly to Executive Director, Daniel Bryan.

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