RUTA INKA 2016
IN DEFENSE OF MOTHER EARTH Collasuyo Chapter:
(With the support of the Bolivian Government)
A.1This great adventure is part of a proposal submitted for consideration by the United Nations, the Governments of Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, State of Acre (Brazil) and various other partner institutions of Ruta Inka. It involves the mobilization of four expeditions that will be simultaneously inaugurated on June 21st in the four administrative regions of the old Tahuantinsuyo, heading towards Machu Picchu and to be closed on August 1st, 2016 on the occasion of a great ancestral festival: the Day of the Pachamama (Mother Earth’s Day).
A.2. The expedition to be held at the Collasuyo, will be launched with the support of the Ministry of Defense of the Plurinational State of Bolivia that will work together with municipal and regional authorities, universities, indigenous organizations and social institutions from the Bolivian territories that this expedition will traverse, providing logistical support and facilitating the coordination among them. For its part, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change will cooperate on the selection of the participants. We are looking forward to the accession of other government agencies and private institutions in the fields of youth and environmental protection, to join us and contribute to the success of this environmental crusade in the Bolivian, Argentinean and Peruvian territories.
A.3. This program shall run biennially from 2016, aiming to count on the leadership of President Evo Morales, to make a huge impact on the awareness of the authorities of the old Tahuantinsuyo.
B. Selection of participants for the Collasuyo Expedition:
B.1 This expedition will consist of a maximum of 120 participants, including UN volunteers, professors, instructors, artists, journalists, organizers and altruistic students from Bolivia and the rest of the world. They will be selected in recognition of their academic records, leadership, tolerance, and their courage to take challenges, to assume responsibilities and to perform intense activities (hiking, sports tournaments, ability to adapt to adverse climate condition and to coexist with native communities, etc.). We will also take into consideration applicants’ identification with indigenous cultures and his/her vocation of service towards indigenous communities.
B.2. Applicants will be shortlisted taking into consideration their respective application forms containing their identification, an expression of interest in the program, their proposals to contribute to the success of the expedition and their compliance with the rules and procedure of the expedition.
Journalists interested in accompanying this journey, may provide media coverage by producing a report or documentary on the activities of the expedition. They will also cooperate through the diffusion of the present Call for Participation among their respective audiences
B.2.a UN Volunteers interested in participating in the expedition must attach a copy of a document proving their activities in the service of the UN to be accepted.
Similarly artists, professors and journalists interested in participating must submit a Cover Letter from the institutions they belong to; explaining in it how they will contribute to the success of the expedition. The age limit for the participants of this section is 50 years old.
B.2.b Students between 18 and 25 years old will be selected in recognition of their academic records, their demonstrated leadership and tolerance, and their courage to take challenges, as well as to assume responsibilities and to perform intense activities (hiking, sports tournaments, ability to adapt themselves to adverse climate conditions and to coexist with native communities, etc.). We will also take into consideration applicants’ identification with indigenous cultures and his/her vocation of service towards indigenous communities
• A copy of your passport / national identity card and your CV with a recent photo.
• A cover letter demonstrating your leadership, vocation of service to the community, a good physical condition and environmental awareness, multiculturalism and promotion of the ancient indigenous peoples’ cultures. This letter must be signed by an official of your school (principal teacher, Dean, Rector, etc.) or alternatively by an authority from the town where you are living or from the organization that you are working for (if a letter from the Municipality is not possible, it shall be granted by another organization that promotes the protection of the environment or the rights of indigenous peoples). The letter should be issued on the granting organization’s letterhead, and should include the telephone number and email address of the undersigned authority, in order to facilitate a possible contact from our organization during the selection process.
• A Monograph on one of the following topics:
- ‘Mother Earth: The need for its protection in order to preserve life’.
- Sumak Kawsay: the indigenous concept of good-living’.
(Add your personal suggestions for the success of the expedition).
The application form with the required data and annexes. (A copy of your passport and/or national identity card, your CV with a recent photograph and a copy of your academic record).
B.4 The deadline for submitting applications is May 30, 2016 or until all vacancies are filled.
B.5 Papers may be submitted in Spanish, English or Portuguese; they will become property of the organization and will not be returned. Therefore, Ruta Inka may foster its publication with mention of their authors, through its partner institutions and/or sponsors
B.4. Los trabajos podrán presentarse en idioma español, inglés o portugués y pasarán a ser propiedad de la organización y no serán devueltos. Por lo mismo, Ruta Inka podrá fomentar su publicación con mención de sus autores, a través de sus instituciones aliadas y/o patrocinadoras.
C. Selection of monitors:
C.1. Five monitors (men or women) will be selected among the candidates with the best training and leadership skills to lead youth groups. Priority will be given to former explorers who have excelled in their vocation of service, loyalty and identification with the Ruta Inka and its objectives.
C.2. Monitors will be between 25 and 35 years old. For the selection process they should send us their CV along with a Cover Letter exposing his career, experience, merits and why they are interested in participating. Former participants will attach a summary of the actions or publications that they have made to disseminate our program or for the benefit of the communities associated with the Ruta Inka.
D.4. All applicants shall submit their applications to the following address:
Vice Ministry of Environment and Climate Change,
No.1471 Avenida Camacho, La Paz - Bolivia.