Program Details

Explore the cultural and biological diversity of Ecuador with one week of service and three weeks of adventure travel. Venture into the Amazon jungle, snorkel and paddle in the Galapagos islands, and climb highland peaks in Quilotoa and Banos.

Guayaquil, Ecuador; Otavalo, Ecuador; Multi-Country Programs, Multi-Country Programs; Tena, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Academic Year, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

On this summer abroad, you’ll gain insight into the lives of indigenous Andean and Amazon communities. Immerse yourself in Spanish and improve your conversational ability while participating in a community-driven service project. Along with this cultural exploration, enjoy the ecological wonders of Ecuador…hike, bike and raft through the Andes and canoe in the Amazon Basin. Follow in Darwin’s footsteps with a nature focused week in the Galapagos Islands where you’ll have amazing wildlife encounters.With two instructors and a small group of travelers, you’ll gain skills in leadership, cross cultural communication, and ethical tourism. Along with countless memories, students leave with a deepened sense of personal values, identity, and purpose.This summer abroad program is suitable for students 18-24 years. Semester programs are offered both fall and spring, and can be taken consecutively for an in-depth and transformative gap year. Optional academic credit is also available.See the Pacific Discovery website to learn more or apply today! 

Setting Description:
Pacific Discovery programs combine sustainable educational adventure travel, cultural immersion, experiential education, volunteer and community service projects, personal and leadership development, and tons of fun! For gap year and college students, the opportunity to combine this with optional transferable academic credit gives you an unbeatable study abroad or gap year travel experience.

Since 2001, Pacific Discovery has taken hundreds of students and graduates on unique travel study programs abroad, utilizing a staff of experienced and qualified program leaders and faculty.

If you have a thirst for adventure, to explore places you've dreamt of, learning through hands-on experiences and making friends for life, then join us for a life-changing journey.
See our site for updated tuition breakdown and to download an information booklet. Program costs includes: • All necessary visas and transport, including four mid-program flights • All accommodation and meals • All excursions and entry fees listed in the itinerary • Contribution to our service learning project sites • Experienced Program Instructors and local guides • Global medical rescue and political evacuation insurance • 24/7 emergency contact number for families • Online image library

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