This is a faculty-led immersion program and is administered by Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator. This program is not administered by the Center for International Education. Any questions about this program should be directed to Shanti at email@example.com or 715-836-6037. Submit all application materials to Schofield 17. This program is listed on the Center for International Education website to assist students in exploring all international opportunities.
Program Summary & Location
THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT BE OFFERED IN WINTERIM 2019, BUT WILL FOR WINTERIM 2020.
This immersion program will provide students with the opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand the diverse geographies and cultures of Ecuador. Students will explore two geographical landscapes (Andes Mountains and Amazon Jungle Basin) in connection with how global forces are impacting the local environment, learn about the cultural diversity while recognizing a history of inequality and marginalization of certain ethnic groups, and understand the inseparable interrelationship between those geographies and cultures.
The three-week Winterim program starts with 3 days of orientation in the capital city of Quito, where you will visit the historical district, government buildings, and the Equator line. Then, the group travels to the small jungle city of Tena and spends 14 days there on various activities, including a service learning project, lectures, farm visits, and a homestay component. Students have a free independent travel weekend, and end the program with 3 days in the small market city of Otavalo in the northern part of the Andes.
All program activities encourage students to explore the diversity of culture, language, values, and practices within Ecuador through engagement with a variety of Ecuadorians in a socially responsible and mutually beneficial manner. Students will learn about how global forces are currently impacting the environment, through studying economic development, oil exploitation, and deforestation.
NOTE: This program is physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding. Days are long and filled with rigorous activities in either high altitude or heat and humidity, and alongside insects/bugs/ants/spiders that inhabit the jungle region. The homestay portion and service learning project might include demanding manual labor, based on the needs of the host families or local partners. Health and safety in these conditions will be discussed in length during orientation, but students should be aware of this going into the program.
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Housing & Meals
Students will be staying in shared rooms in hostels in Ecuador, as well as homestays with local families. All breakfasts and some lunches will be provided in each location, and all meals are provided during the 4-day homestay, but other meals are not included in the program cost.
This faculty-led program receives funding from the Blugold Commitment Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) program, and each student is eligible to receive funding for only one FLIIE experience. By clicking on the following term, you will find more information on program costs. If the term you want to go abroad is not listed, please see the most recent term and add 7% to your estimate to factor in exchange rate fluctuations and tuition increases. Click on the buttons below to view that term's cost estimate.
Learn More & How To Apply
Still have some questions? You can schedule an appointment with Shanti Freitas (Faculty-Led Immersion Coordinator) by calling 715-836-6037 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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