Ecuador: Gender and Culture

Summer 2015 
June 7 - June 27, 2015

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 2 credit course: GEND 180 (GE, IC), ILPs (IC pending) 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. 

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 $1,995 plus the cost of 2 credits at CSB/SJU at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $550 per credit).

This price includes:

  • Accommodations during the program
  • Local transportation
  • Most food (two meals per day)
  • Two one-day excursions

The Program Fee does not include:

  • Tuition for 2 CSB/SJU credits (approximately $550 per credit)
  • International round-trip airfare ($1000-1200)
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending money 
  • Any activities not included with the program


Students will stay in a local hotel.


Patricia Bolaños, Hispanic and Gender Studies

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