Ecuador: Gender and Culture

June 6 - June 27, 2016

Program Highlights

  • Earn credits while living and working in Ecuador.
  • Experience life within an indigenous community.
  • No language requirement, though Spanish proficiency is preferred.

Program Description

This program is located in the highland area of Otavalo, Ecuador. To participate students are required to enroll in 4 credit course: GEND 180 (GE, IC), ILPs or Internship. Students will participate in the course and spend part of their days working in collaboration with an indigenous community on a variety of projects based on student interest and expertise. Some of the ongoing projects  include a youth camp that provides English enrichment through a series of activities that include sports, art, and health components. This year there is also a possibility of facilitating dental care for the local communities with a dentist from Minnesota. Dr. Dennis Carreras from Dentistry for Children and Dr. Gustavo Peña from Centrasota Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons will be joining our group and will help us facilitate the dental clinics in two indigenous communities. 

Students will explore the cultural issues that surround the social construction of gender, the varying aspects of economic and racial diversity, the representation of men and women in different cultures and languages, the coexistence of Andean and western medicine, the connection of the indigenous to the environment and sustainability.

 This program is taught in English and open to all students. Service-learning is a requirement for all participants.

Program Costs

The estimated per student price is $4,220.

This price includes:

  • Accommodations during the program
  • Local transportation
  • All meals
  • Two one-day excursions
  • Tuition for 4 CSB/SJU credits (approximately $550 per credit)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

The Program Fee does not include:

  • International round-trip airfare ($1000-1200)
  • Personal spending money 
  • Any activities not included with the program


Students will stay in a local hotel.


Patricia Bolaños, Hispanic and Gender Studies