This program is located in the highland area of Otavalo, Ecuador. To participate students are required to enroll in 4 credit course: GEND 180, 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.
Course Name: Gender and Culture
Course Number: GEND 180 (students can also enroll in an ILP or internship credit)
Designation: Gender and Intercultural (for those students enrolled in GEND 180 only)
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.
The estimated per student price is $4,220.
This price includes:
The Program Fee does not include:
The main housing site is Posada del Quinde in Otavalo. Wifi is available and students will be able to use a kitchen.
Dr. Gomez has led several short-term programs, including Ecuador (2012), Brazil (2014 and 2015), and also a semester abroad program in Guatemala. Her area of expertise is Hispanic Linguistics, but she has also taught Introduction to Gender Studies.