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Level of Support: Ecuador Faculty-Led Immersion

On-Site Resources:

This is a faculty-led immersion program, which means you will travel with 15 other UW-Eau Claire students and 2 UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff. The Winterim 2018 program will be led by Shanti Freitas (Intercultural Immersion Programs) and Bibiana Fuentes (Languages). They will be your first step for any on-site support you need. 

The program also partners with Amazon Learning, a local social enterprise that creates meaningful educational experiences for people interested in gaining understanding of the link between local people and the Amazonian ecosystem. The Founder of Amazon Learning will be your guide through much of the program, and is an excellent resource for any questions or concerns you have. Throughout the program, you will have opportunities to interact with various Ecuadorians through your host families, program activities, and service learning project. 

NOTE: This program is both physically and mentally demanding. Days are long and filled with rigorous activities either in high altitude, or heat and humidity. Health and safety in these conditions will be discussed in length during orientation, but students should be aware of this going into the program.  

Health & Disability Resources:

Our local partners are knowledgeable about quality English-speaking doctors or hospitals in all cities you visit. This program specifically partners with Amazon Learning because of its detailed and experienced risk management policies and network of local resources. 

More Information:

If you still have questions on level of support, you can contact Shanti Freitas (Faculty-Led Immersion Coordinator) by calling 715-836-6037 or emailing

After acceptance into the program, you will obtain more information about services, at your program location, in your program guide and in orientation materials. 

To see more information on disability accommodations, please see our website called Students with Disabilities