BOLIVIA: MISSIONARY TRAINING COURSES FOR CULTURAL ORIENTATION HAVE BEGUN The goal is to assume the role of protagonists in the mission and not just spectators

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To leave to become a missionary requires adequate preparation, which is why the Mary Knoll missionary Centre has begun training courses in Linguistics and cultural orientation, providing for the teaching of Spanish, Quechua and Ayamara, languages of the area of the Andes shared by Peru and Bolivia.

The course is aimed primarily at missionaries coming from different continents,arriving for work in the communities of Latin America. These lessons are able to offer an opportunity for total immersion, which is not limited to the language barrier, but also Latin American and Bolivian culture in order to gain a better understanding ofcustoms and traditions of the local populations. Although it may seem secondary, teaching the Quechua language is crucial, since in Bolivia it is spoken by more than 2million people. “The programme provides a communicative methodology so that students acquire the ability to interact and talk from the beginning”.

While the proposal of cultural context, includes knowledge of the values and traditions of Quechua mentality. The socio-cultural approach is essential, because in this way the participants are able to assume their role as protagonists in the mission and not merely be punctual attendance.

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