Interim in Ecuador

Ecuador photos

Interim in Ecuador 2018

Departs on Dec 27th and Returns on Jan 18th

Earn Credits for one of the following:

  • Spanish
  • IDS or Connections
  • Sociology
  • Latin American Studies

For information contact Dr. Jennings (bjennings@albright.edu) or Dr. Kiester (ekiester@albright.edu)

The course will take students to Ecuador for three weeks. While there, students will learn about the cultural landscape of Ecuador through classroom instruction, life with an Ecuadorian family and trips to diverse parts of the country.

Trip activities include

  • Living with an Ecuadorian family in Cuenca
  • Traveling in mountain and coastal portions of Ecuador
  • Experiencing Ecuadorian New Year’s Celebrations (burning Muñecas or año viejos)
  • Improving the lives of Ecuadorians through a service project
  • Visiting Incan ruins (Ingapirca)
  • Visiting National Parks (El Cajas, Machalilla)
  • Snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean
  • Visiting Isla de la Plata (“poor-man’s Galapagos”)
  • And more………

Trip Cost

  • Approximately $3,500-$4,300 (depending on airfare and enrollment)
  • Inclusions
    • Interim Tuition
    • International airfare
    • All visits and activities during the trip
    • Guide fees (where applicable)
    • Welcome and farewell dinner
    • Most meals
    • Health insurance while in Ecuador
    • Trip cancelation insurance
    • Service project budget
    • Host family expenses (three meals a day, laundry and private bedroom)
  • Not included
    • Tips for guides, restaurants, etc.
    • Lunches and Diners on the coastal portion of the trip
    • Spending money

Ecuador photos

Example Course Schedule

Sociology 283-Comparative Cultures: Ecuador

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
26-Dec
US-Guayaquil
Orientation I
27-Dec 28-Dec 29-Dec 30-Dec 31-Dec 1-Jan 2-Jan
am: Guayaquil citytour
pm: Departure for Hostal Uzhupud  in Paute Ecuador
Orientation II
Welcome dinner
am: Gualaceo, Ecuador
cultural scavenger hunt
Orientation III
pm: meet host families
am: classes
pm: Cuenca citytour
am: classes
pm: Panama hat Factory
am: clases
pm: FREE
New Year’s Celebrations
Free Ingapirca Ruins
3-Jan 4-Jan 5-Jan 6-Jan 7-Jan 8-Jan 9-Jan
Classes
10am: Grp Meeting
pm: Las Conceptas museum
Classes
11am: Culturas aborigenes museum 
pm: Visit to the Jail
6 PM: Cooking class, Group A
Classes
El Cajas
Classes
pm: visit to an orphanage
6 PM: Cooking class, Group B
Classes
PM: Museo del
Banco Central 

5-6PM: Dance class
Saraguro
Hike to Pucara (Incan sacred site)
Weaving workshop
Traditional Andean Dinner
Saraguro
Cleansing Ceremony by local Shaman
Visit to organic farm for lunch
10-Jan 11-Jan 12-Jan 13-Jan 14-Jan 15-Jan 16-Jan
Finals
10am: Group Meeting
pm: Service project
 Service project
Farewell dinner
 Cuenca to the coast
Arrive Puerto Rico
Cacao and Banana’s
 The coast
Isla de la Plata
Snorkeling and hiking
 The coast
Machalilla National Park
Frailes Beach
 The coast
pm: The coast to Guayaquil
 Guayaquil-USA

About Ecuador

Size and Regions of Ecuador

Ecuador is a country similar in size the the State of Nevada.  Unlike Nevada, Ecuador is home to vastly diverse cultures, ecosystems and climates.  The country is broken into three main regions; Sierra (mountains), Costa (coastal) and Oriente (east).  Students in this program will get to visit numerous places in both the Sierra and Costa regions. (map of ecuador)

People of Ecuador

Ecuador’s population is ethnically mixed. The largest ethnic groups are indigenous and mestizo (mixed Indian-Caucasian). Although Ecuadorians were heavily concentrated in the mountainous central highland region a few decades ago, today’s population is divided about equally between that area and the coastal lowlands. Migration toward cities–particularly larger cities–in all regions has increased the urban population to over 60%. The tropical forest region (or Amazon region) to the east of the mountains remains sparsely populated and contains only about 3% of the population. Due to an economic crisis in the late 1990s, more than 600,000 Ecuadorians emigrated to the U.S. and Europe from 2000 to 2001. It is estimated that there are over two million Ecuadorians currently residing in the U.S.  (read more from the US State Department)

Cuenca, Ecuador

The former Inca town of Tomebamba (situated at about 2500 meters in the southern part of the Andes) was conquered by the Spanish in 1533 and founded in 1557. With a population of about 350 000 people it is Ecuador’s third largest city. Cuenca is unarguably the centre of culture and art of Ecuador.

For its charming historical center, the churches, the small cobbled streets and colonial houses with noble facades, prim balustrades, wrought iron balconies and red tiled roofs, it was declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1999. The impressive churches in the old center are dating back to the 16th to 17th century and if you believe it, or not, this is the city of churches with 52 churches, one for every Sunday! Being in the historical center, you might get the impression that time has stood still.

Cuenca is an ideal place for all travelers who are fed up with the bustling, noisy life of Quito. The inhabitants of Cuenca are more conservative and in this tranquil city traditions and customs are connected to modern life in a very harmonic way. You won´t find many skyscrapers here!

The city is divided in half by the Rio Tomebamba. In the northern half the heart of the colonial city is situated, in the south the newer suburbs. The Rio Tomebamba is worth having a look. At the riverside it is lined by colonial buildings and women laying out their clothing to dry at the banks of the river. This is an interesting and colorful sight. (taken from the CEDEI website)

Students on the trip will spend approximately 2 of the their three weeks in Cuenca living with a host family and attending classes taught by Drs. Jennings and Rice at the Centers for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI).  Short day and weekend trips during our time in Cuenca will take students to small indigenous communities (Saraguro), Incan ruins (Ingapirca) and national parks (Parque Nacional Cajas).


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