Intercultural Health:

Linking traditional Williche and modern scientific knowledge.

The Intercultural Health and Sustainable Development program emerged from an initial needs assessment evaluation of targeted territories in relation to the Wekimün’s guiding principle: to constitute “a school with and for indigenous youth and their communities”.

With health, education and economic development as foundations, the program seeks to strengthen the indigenous identity of its students as a way to improve their quality of life—as well as that of their families and communities—through a dynamic process of preservation and revitalization of indigenous cultural resources.

The Intercultural Health and Sustainable Development program is designed for students with or without previous secondary education. By integrating western-scientific and traditional indigenous knowledge into a horizontal, dialogical relationship, the IHSD creates avenues to develop new skills and understandings as well as novel syntheses that can further and orient processes of reinvigoration of the Williche culture.

From this integrative perspective, we equip students with conceptual frameworks and methods to effectively confront challenges of sustainable development that lead to health-related problems within their home communities and territories.

The Intercultural Health and Sustainable Development program combines project-based learning both in the classroom and in the community. The latter component of the program allows students to translate their newly acquired knowledge and skills—with the help of teachers and professionals—into concrete projects to be implemented in their home communities.


Required Coursework

Heatlh and Sustainable Development Coursework






Introduction to Human Rights (15%)

Health, Law and Interculturality (10%)

Public Health and Interculturality (10%)





Concluding Workshop on Sustainable Development Projects (100%)





Professional Internship and Certification Process (100%)





Williche Language (30%) 

Williche Language I (10%)

Williche Language II (10%)

Cultural Anthropology and Indigenous Cosmovision (15%)

Williche Medicine I (20%)

Williche Medicine II (20%)



Research and Sustainable Development (40%)

Introduction to Human Body and Its Functions (20%)

Complementary Veterinary Medicine (20%)

Complementary Therapy I (20%)

Complementary Therapy II (20%)

Introductory Workshop on Sustainable Development Projects (20%)

Intermediate Workshop on Sustainable Development Projects (20%)


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General Objective 

Through the reconciliation and application of scientific and indigenous knowledge, the Intercultural Health and Sustainable Development Program seeks to equip students with the necessary conceptual and practical tools to further the quality of life and holistic development of their communities.



The guiding methodology of the Intercultural Health and Sustainable Development program is a formative process of research and -implementation; that is to say, a pedagogical process of extending learned technical experience into project based learning content that is specific to each targeted territory.

Our intercultural and interdisciplinary academic team uses this research and implementation methodology to design learning workshops where students have the opportunity to gain in-depth understandings of different areas of scientific and indigenous knowledge.
Learning workshops take place in classrooms, designated learning areas (such as organic farms, greenhouses and prepared forest areas), a laboratory designed to work with medicinal plants, and a teaching kitchen.

In these workshops, students will participate in research and implementation workshops, seminars, lectures, discussion panels, active observation and group work.
Evaluation and graduation requirements.
Attendance percentage: 90-100%.

“Wekimün School could become an important initiative to avoid the disappearance of indigenous communities”.