Concretely, Utz K believes that the ethic of “sharing privilege” requires us to first acknowledge that cross-cultural learning is a luxury experienced almost exclusively by students from the Global North.
While these experiences are often transformative and eye-opening, rarely do people from the “receiving communities” in the Global South ever have an opportunity to engage in similar experiences.
Utz K asks all of the visiting groups from the Global North to contribute to a fund that is destined to facilitating South-South experiential education and cross cultural learning experiences for young people from the highland communities that partner with Utz K´s educational program, and for exchanges between different indigenous groups from across the Americas.
For exchanges between indigenous groups Utz K seeks to:
Foment greater community and solidarity between groups around common challenges and shared experiences.
Create space for groups to come together and read their respective contexts, so that potential spontaneous, non-prescribed responses can arise.
Add to the network of relationships between groups in order to strengthen grassroots movements and political power.