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EPICS in La Guajira Colombia

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location La Guajira , Colombia
Course # SA 10519
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring Break 2023 03/11/23 to 03/18/23

Program Leader

Name Jorge Martinez
Email mart1419@purdue.edu
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Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

The Natural Disaster Planning (NDP) section of EPICS at Purdue University has been working since Fall 2021 with Jose Quintero, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in Universidad de La Guajira, developing a feasibility study and a preliminary design to pump, filter, and store water for a Wayúu community (Mayabangloma) in Fonseca, La Guajira, Colombia.  The intent is that the project deliverable would be used by the community to request technical and financial support from the local government for implementation.

Participating students will be able to take measurements and observe first-hand the environment and surrounding conditions (e.g., terrain, flora, and weather), along with living conditions and habits of the intended users, that might have an effect in the proposed design.  The students will also have an opportunity to have a dialogue with community representatives and consider their input.

Day 1 - Travel to destination, Bus ride to Fonseca

Day 2 - Meet with community partners, Intercultural activity, Campus tour

Day 3 - Project Identification and Specification Development

Day 4 - Visit to Mayabangloma

Day 5 - Work on project

Day 6 - Presentations

Day 7 - Group cultural activity

Day 8 - Return to USA

Academic Credit

1 Credit in EPICS 49000.  Students must check with their academic advisor how this course can be used in their plan of study. 


Although the target students are those experienced in EPICS NDP, this program is open to students with or without prior knowledge of the project.  Activities assume various levels of involvement and understanding.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The cost for this program is $2,425 which includes:  Roundtrip airfare from Indinapolis, all ground transportation in Colombia, all housing, breakfast daily and most meals, cultural excursions listed on the itinerary, international health insurance, and 1 credit for EPICS 49000.  Transportation to and from the Indianapolis International Airport is on your own.

Additional exprenses include, personal excursions, some meals, personal spending money

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Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program reaches capacity 

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

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