Colombia - Water, water everywhere... Sustainability and Society in the Colombian Amazon

Program Dates
Sunday, May 14, 2017 to Thursday, May 25, 2017

Colombia Stones

Program Description

This program takes students to the rustic and adventurous region where the borders of Colombia, Peru and Brazil meet deep in the Amazon jungle. Students will live for a week in a small jungle village. This course will focus on the role of water as a shared good, and the importance of a reliable source of clean water to any society. Prior to the program, students will examine the impact of various industries on communal water supplies. To implement this program, the College of Business is partnering with Wine to Water, a local NGO committed to providing clean water to remote areas. Students will travel to Bogota, Colombia and from there fly to Leticia (in the Amazon jungle). After securing supplies, the group will travel by boat to the Amazonian village where students will engage in service activities associated with the provision of clean water to the village (well repair, digging, teaching hygiene, etc.). This is a standard program offered by Wine to Water which they are willing to tailor for ASU students. During this program student will have an authentic experience of Amazonian village life.


U: BUS 3055 - Sustainability and society in the Colombian Amazon - 3 credits
G: MBA 5020 - International Seminar - Colombian Amazon - 3 credits


  • BUS 3055 -This 3 semester hour course can fulfill a COB upper-level or free elective, an International Business Major or Approved elective, an International Business minor Required  or Other elective and/or a Hospitality elective. This program also fulfills the Global Issues requirement.
  • MBA 5020 - This 3 semester hour course fulfills the international requirement for the MBA program and is an elective for the international business concentration.


3000-level Pre-reqs: 54 earned hours and good academic standing. Students who do not have the minimum hour requirement cannot take this course at the 3000-level and should inform the program leader of this situation before applying.


Billable Program Cost: $3,052.00 Includes: Airfare, In-country Program Transportation, Lodging, International Health and Evacuation Insurance, Program Events, Some Meals, and CCS Administrative Fee.

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $360.00 Estimated costs include but are not limited to: Immunizations, Personal Expenses, and additional meals. 

Program Leader

Dr. Martin Meznar
College of Business

Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
Appalachian undergraduates
Undergraduate business majors
MBA students
Appalachian graduate students