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  • Locations: Otavalo, Ecuador; Otavalo, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Area of Study: Global Studies Language of Instruction: English
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
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Civic Engagement with Peoples and the Environment in NW Ecuador - Winter Break | Faculty-led Program

The most recent Civic Engagement in Ecuador winter break faculty-led program took place in January 2019.
The program was scheduled to be offered in January 2022, but was cancelled due to COVID-19.
This faculty-led program may be offered again in January 2023 or January 2024.

Global Studies Field Experience in Ecuador (GS 375) is a faculty-led course that takes place in Otavalo and Cotacachi Counties in northwest Imbabura, Ecuador, areas notable for several reasons. These places encompass altitudinal, biological, and cultural diversity, and bring together global interests and competing discourses. In particular, creative initiatives taken in Otavalo regarding Indigenous rights and in Itag regarding environmental rights provide important models for biocultural hope and sustainable alternatives. This course will explore ways local events are linked to global processes and ways Natives are implementing "development with identity" on their own terms, by using intercultural strategies, local and hybrid knowledge sets, and local governance.

Major topics and themes of this faculty-led program include:
  • Kichwa cultural and Indigenous rights

  • The value of biodiversity

  • Sustainable and alternative systems for human development

  • Convivial conservation

Students need to be in good physical shape and capable of walking up to 4 miles in the Andes to participate in this program. They must be prepared for curvy roads in the Andes and be aware of drinking only potable water. They must withstand altitudes in the highlands (9399ft) and in the cloud forest (5000-3000 ft).

PLEASE NOTE: A valid passport is required for participation in this faculty-led program. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel. If you do not have a valid passport, you can apply for a passport on campus at WSU through the Study Abroad office.

12-14 days over WSU's winter break in late December-early January

Otavalo, Santa Rosa, Junin and Los Cedros in Ecuador

GS 375: Ecuador-Civic Engagement with Peoples & the Environment
  • 3 credits
  • Counts for GEP Goal Areas 9 and 10
  • Global Studies majors/minors
  • Spanish majors/minors
  • Nursing majors
  • Sustainability minors
  • WGSS minors
  • Anyone interested in bio-cultural diversities
  • Open to all students
Successful completion of ENG 111

  • The typical cost range for this program is between $4,100 - $5,100 depending on enrollment min/max. 
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition and fees for the GS 375 course, round-trip airfare from MSP, in-country transportation, transportation from MSP to Winona after the program ends, most meals, lodging, international health insurance for the time in Ecuador, admission/event fees for educational activities, honorariums for guides/speakers, supplies, and the Study Abroad administrative fee. 
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost. 
Dr. Linda D'Amico (

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.