RUTA INKA 2016
IN DEFENSE OF MOTHER EARTH Chinchaysuyo Chapter:
From Quito to Cusco (Under the coordination of Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana Benjamín Carrión)
A.1 This 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 for the Chinchaysuyo will start in the middle of the world (Quito - Ecuador) and will be developed under the leadership and coordination of the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana Benjamín Carrión (CCE), which is committed to select its members and share efforts with Ruta Inka in coordinating their activities for successful completion in Machu Picchu (Cusco - Peru). To achieve the goals, we have obtained the support of the Radio and Ecuadorian Television that provide coverage over the entire voyage and both the CCE and Ruta Inka will manage the collaboration of more public and private institutions, with the ultimate aim that visitors can learn the ancient knowledge of the villages visited, especially those related to the protection of Mother Earth and Sumac Kausay as part of a fruitful cultural exchange.
A.3. This program shall run biennially from 2016, and Ruta Inka has suggested to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa the possibility to count on his leadership to make a huge impact on the awareness of the authorities of the old Tahuantinsuyo.
B. Selection of participants for the Chinchaysuyo Expedition:
B.1. B.1. This expedition will consist of a maximum of 120 participants, including UN volunteers, professors, instructors, artists, journalists, organizers and altruistic students from Ecuador 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.
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.
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 dissemination of the present Call for Participation among their respective audiences.
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.
B.3. After submitting the Application Form, Shortlisted Applicants must send the following documents.
• 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; papers will become property of the organization and will not be returned. The Ruta Inka may foster their publication with mention of their authors, through its partner institutions and/or sponsors.
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.
C.3. All applicants shall submit their applications to the following address:
Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana Benjamín Carrión.
Avenida 6 de Diciembre y Patria, Quito - Ecuador.