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  • Locations: Cochabamba, Bolivia; La Paz, Bolivia
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: SJU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: No minimum Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English Service Learning: Yes
Program Type: Faculty-led, Study Tour Academic Areas: Faith-Justice, Latin American Studies, Religious Studies, Theology
Scholarships: Center for International Programs, Latin American Studies Scholarship Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: Yes
Program Description:
Indigenous Religions, Economic Globalization & Human Rights (REL 272) – Study Tour in Bolivia 
March 8-17th, 2019
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Course Informationshawn krahmer

Course: Indigenous Religions, Economic Globalization & Human Rights (REL 272) with Dr. Shawn Krahmer

  • Religious Difference GEP -- OR -- DGNW Overlay GEP
  • Ethics Intensive Overlay GEP
  • Latin American Studies Minor 
  • Faith-Justice Studies Minor
  • IBU International Exposure
Course Description: Emil Durkheim has described a religion as a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to the sacred that unite into a single moral community those who adhere to them.  This course will apply the methods of the History of Religions to discover those religious beliefs and practices shared by indigenous populations of Bolivia that, in some senses, unite them into a “single moral community.” The class will first examine central religious beliefs of indigenous Bolivian religions (e.g., cosmology, communal origin myths, spirits and divine figures, rituals and ritual spaces, and the relationship of natural and supernatural). Along the way, the class will wrestle with broader questions in the study of religion, such as interpreting the archaeological record, inducing religious experience, and relationship between religious authority and social or political power. The class will then explore the moral implications of these beliefs. The course will pay particular attention to the economic sphere, using case studies to explore how indigenous beliefs and practices are shaping distinctive economic forms that contrast those typically promoted by global capitalism. 

Eligible students:Fe y Alegria
  • Students who are in good financial standing and who are not on academic or disciplinary probation

Credit: Upon acceptance, students will be registered for REL272, for 3 credits, as part of their Spring 2019 Semester course load. Students will not be able to register themselves for the course.

Class Meeting Time: TBD

Itinerary Information

The class will visit Cochabamba, La Paz, & Santa Cruz. The travel will include both cultural activities, opportunities for direct conversation with Bolivian peoples, and opportunity to learn about the Jesuit Mission Schools of Fe y Alegria.  There will be time set aside for journal writing and group reflection each evening while abroad.   

 “Our hosts are Fe y Alegria staff people. Fe y Alegria is a Jesuit mission working to educate the indigenous populations of South America. Fe y Alegria Bolivia takes us into both rural and urban classrooms where we meet people doing very creative work with very few resources. What I find most educational about this trip is that we see how, unlike in many schools in the US, education is still valued as a way out of poverty. The students are enthusiastic learners. I am also always impressed with the intuitive wisdom that is put to good effect in the classroom  I’ve become convinced that it will not be outsiders who will provide the “answers” or “solutions” to poverty and development in Bolivia. Such solutions do not take into account local cultural habits, traditions or beliefs. So instead of thinking that I might be able to bring my own wisdom to their context, I’ve begun looking at how I can help provide those already on the inside with the resources they need to do the work they are already doing.”
-Dr. Shawn Krahmer

Program & Cost Information
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 Your Program Includes: 
  • Transportation: Round-trip, international airfare; Round-trip, domestic airfare; Airport transfers; Ground transportation
  • Accommodation for duration of program
  • Meals: All included
  • Logistics: Premium for Geoblue Emergency Medical, Natural Disaster, and Political Evacuation Insurance; 24/7 Assistance of on-site coordinator and CIP staff (based in U.S.)
  • Bolivian Visa Fee
1) Estimated* Program Fee: $3,375
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) due to the CIP as part of application by November 1st 
  • Payment 1: $1,537.50 due to the Office of Student Accounts (online) by January 9th, 2019
  • Payment 2: $1,537.50 due to the Office of Student Accounts (online) by February 6th, 2019  
*Please note that the above program fee is tentative and has not yet been confirmed.

2) Estimated Undergraduate Tuition: If this course is part of your normal course load (5 classes), there is no extra tuition fee. If this course is an overload course (a 6th course), students must pay overload tuition for the 3 credits.

The program fee does not include:
  • U.S. Passport ($135) or Renewal ($110), see below.
  • Personal expenses & souvenirs (Consider the Cost of Living Index)
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance (Recommended but Optional; Students will learn more about how to purchase post-acceptance into the study tour)

Passport Information 
The CIP requires a copy of your passport upon acceptance to the Study Tour in Bolivia - no later than January 2019. Please note that obtaining or renewing a passport can take up to 6 weeks. If your passport is expired or will expire in September 2019 or earlier, please renew your passport right away.  Passport information can be found on the State Department Website.

Visas: The CIP office will apply for the Bolivian visa on your behalf at the Bolivian Consulate in New York. This will require releasing your passport to the CIP office for a minimum of two weeks in mid-January. Please plan accordingly. 

Country Information 

Review the following information for Bolivia: State Department & CDC information.
Information Sessions
Thursday, September 27th
11am | Bellarmine 216

Wednesday, October 24th
4pm | Wachterhauser Seminar Room

You can also visit the REL 272 Study Tour table at the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, September 13th from 10:30am-1:30pm in Campion Foyer!

How to Apply
  1. Click 'Apply Now' on this brochure and begin with your SJU login
  2. COMPLETE All elements of your application before the application deadline*
    • Applications are accepted first come, first served.
  3. Submit the $300 confirmation deposit to the CIP office to hold your spot on the tour. (Refundable if the tour does not run; non-refundable if you change your plans.)
*To access a previously started application, please click SJU login/register at the top right and login to view your application. Do not click Apply Now again.
Related Scholarships

CIP Study Tour Grant
Please apply for the Study Tour before applying for the Grant. CIP grant application due by 11:59pm October 15th. 

LAS Scholarship
The Latin American and Latinx Studies Program is happy to offer scholarships to support student travel to Latin America through the Charles F. Shreiner '50 Fund for Latin American Studies and the Kief, Bach, Beirne, Caulfield, Deal Fund for Latin American Studies. Applications will be available in Fall 2018. Contact Dr. Richard Gioioso, Director of the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program, at for more information.

In addition, you can check with your Academic Department for scholarships or review our website information on Scholarships
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/08/2019 03/17/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.