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¡ Bienvenido! Welcome to Gaviotas, Colombia!

With the help of South American scientists and engineers, the people of Gaviotas,Columbia have spent 40 years working hard to create a sustainable, functional society. When they began, they were cut off from the world, the area was barren, and the society was complicated by political unrest. It was for these reasons that they wanted to create a sustainable society that didn’t rely on the rest of the world. They began to plant trees, restore the land and use solar and wind power. They offered free housing for families, free schooling, and free community meals. Overall, they did such a wonderful job in rebuilding their society that the town of Gaviotas has been called a model community by the United Nations.  Their reforestation project was one of the most successful in the world. Increased forestation has boosted their economy and restored their natural climate. To read more about the incredible story of Gaviotas, Columbia visit them online at: Pictured here is an old hospital that has been converted into a sustainable water bottling factory.




What Our Students Are Saying

“Travelling with the Language Learning Institute is a wonderful experience! The groups are small, there is a lot of variety, and the trips are flexible enough that you can break away and do your own thing for a while if you want. I have never really wanted to do that, though, because the planned activities are so interesting. I have been on two trips on which I learned a lot about the different regions of France and even Belgium. The trip cost includes five or so sessions before the trip in which we learn about what we are going to experience and in which we learn a little of the language so that we can at least order in French. There is also a wine and cheese party in which we sample the products of the regions we are going to visit and in which we get to know our trip mates better. I would recommend the Learn French and Travel trips to anyone, but particularly for those who want to visit a country in a way that combines the security of a group with the flexibility to do your own thing!”

— Karen Watkins (Schenectady, NY)

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