Ecuador: Gender and Culture

Summer 2017
May 15 - June 5, 2017

Program Highlights

  • Learn about the history, architecture and customs of the people of Ecuador in this trip.
  • You will have the best view of Quito once up on top of Teleferico at over 13,400 feet (4090 m) above sea level.
  • Check out the Mitad del Mundo, a monument highlighting where the earth's equator passes through Ecuador.
  • Explore Quito's main basilica and its colonial-era structure during a tour of the history center.
  • Visit an Ecuadorian National Park (Cotopaxi) and a flower company
  • Visit the traditional craft market selling tapestries, blankets, carvings, jewelry, and paintings in Otavalo.
  • Experience life within an indigenous community.
  • No language requirement, although 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. 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 Description

Course Name: Gender and Culture

Course Number: GEND 180

Credit Number: 4 

Designation: Gender and Intercultural

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 $573 per credit)

The Program Fee does not include:

  • International round-trip airfare ($1000-1200)
  • Personal spending money 
  • Any activities, housing, or transportation not associated with or included in the program. 


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.