Program Details

This is a hands-on learning opportunity that offers you the possibility of contributing to the development of communities in need while learning and practicing Spanish!
Location:
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Animals, Children, Construction, Education, Environment
Duration:
3-4 weeks

Program Overview

Program Description:

This is a hands-on learning opportunity that offers you the possibility of contributing to the development of communities in need while learning and practicing Spanish!

Orientation

Each summer programs begins with a 4-day Orientation Tour in Quito, and includes travel to natural, historic, and cultural destinations around Ecuador. We aim to aid students' cultural adjustment and understanding of the new environment they find themselves in.

All of our programs seek to offer students an enriching cultural immersion. This is why we encourage participants to live with an Ecuadorian homestay family, and organize cultural activities and fieldtrips for students. These elements contribute to the kind of experiential learning we aim to offer, which is both enriching and great fun.

Academic Offer

During the summer programs, international students enroll in intensive Spanish courses offered at all levels. In addition, students are placed according to their skill set and Spanish language level in a variety of agencies that work at addressing social needs in Guayaquil; such as health and nutrition, education, homelessness, immigration, environmental protection, house-building for families in need, among others.

At the end of the program, students will receive an official transcript, which can be used to validate credits at their home institution.

Academic Calendar

Summer Session I: June (4weeks)
Summer Session II: July (4 weeks)

Costs:

$2,800 for 3 credits (Spanish courses + Volunteering)
$3,000 for 6 credits (Spanish courses + Service-learning with coursework component)

Tuition: $1,518 - $1,718
Accommodation: $600*
Orientation Tour $532
Student Services: $150
No application fee

*Students are encouraged to live with a host family, which includes 3 meals per day and light laundry service. However, students can choose to make their own living arrangements.

Setting Description:
Guayaquil offers some great attractions that are worth seeing: Las Peñas neighborhood, where the city began, is located on Mount Santa Ana by the Guayas River. It is the only area with historic wooden houses where you can get an impression of the old picturesque colonial Guayaquil. Walking along the riverfront, Malecón 2000, and checking its various attractions and restaurants is a most. The colonial churches as La Merced or San Francisco, the beautiful cementery below Cerro el Carmen, the various museums; botanical gardens and parks, including Parque Seminario (also known as the Iguana Park) are also definitely worth a visit. Because if its location on the equator, weather is never an issue. Guayaquil has warm temperatures all year-round!
Cost:
2800 USD. Includes: 4-day orientation tour Homestay with Ecuadorian family Cultural/Outdoor Activities in Guayaquil Airport transfers Up to 6 credits Academic transcript

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
No

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