- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Ecuador
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: June
- Session Length: Four Weeks
- Entering Grade: 12th, PG, College
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Sub-Categories: Spanish
- Selective: No
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
Spend the summer in Ecuador with 11 other students and two experienced leaders! Immerse yourself in diverse cultures and awe-inspiring landscapes while exploring Spanish and conservation. No previous Spanish experience is required!
We’ll visit farms that focus on local production and international export and tackle the following questions: - What factors do families and farmers consider when deciding how and what to farm? - What does sustainable farming mean to different individuals and communities? - How do different communities—on the coast, in the Amazon, and in the highlands—work to conserve the natural environment and still thrive economically? - How is the impact of COVID-19 in Ecuador similar or different in the US? Program highlights include: Immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian culture by living on a family farm, helping with the banana harvest, sorting, packing, and other activities. Study Spanish with local teachers in the friendly community of Baños, known for its hot springs, waterfalls, and access to outdoor adventure. Engage in service-learning by supporting river turtle conservation and riverbank restoration efforts in the Amazon rainforest. Master travel skills that will help you travel the world on your own in the future! Explore local waterfalls and swimming holes with your group as well as enjoy other fun activities like hiking, cooking Ecuadorian dishes, and playing sports.
Cost and Session Information
Program tuition includes all food, accommodations, scheduled program activities, and international travel insurance for the duration of the program. International airfare and spending money are extra. International airfare estimated at $1,000 - $1,500. Payment plans and scholarships are available!