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  • Locations: Otavalo, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • 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:
Faculty-led programs

Civic Engagement with Peoples and the Environment in NW Ecuador - Winter Break | Faculty-led Program

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.

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. They must withstand altitudes in the highlands (9399ft) and in the cloud forest (5000-3000 ft).

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in this program requires a valid passport through at least July 13, 2020. If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport immediately if you hope to participate in this program. 

January 1-12, 2020

Otavalo, Ecuador and subtropical Cotacachi County known as Intag-Manduriacus

GS 375: Ecuador-Civic Engagement with Peoples & the Environment
  • 3 credits
  • Counts for GEP Goal Areas 9 and 10
ENG 111

  • Range between $4,000 - $4,600 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 on January 12, 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. 
  • SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Students applying for this faculty-led program are eligible to apply for two faculty-led program scholarships to help offset program costs. The scholarship applications are linked below. Scholarship applications are due October 1, 2019 and recipients will be notified in mid-November. In addition to these two Winona State scholarships, there are other opportunities out there. See the Funding and Scholarships page more information and advice on how to pay for this experience.
Dr. Linda D'Amico (

Kathy Jicinsky
Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs
(507) 457-5019
143 Maxwell

  • October 15, 2019 at 4pm: Application deadline. All applications and a $500 confirmation deposit for this program are due by this date. Applications that are incomplete as of this date & time will be withdrawn. Students are accepted on a rolling basis. If you apply and are accepted after October 3, you are fully responsible for the program cost regardless of participation (unless the program is cancelled due to low enrollment).
  • October 3, 2019 at 4pm:  If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Cancellation and Eligibility Policies signature document required as part of the application for this program, students and families are strongly urged to consider  purchasing travel cancellation insurance. The Center for Global Education does not endorse any particular travel insurance coverage, but quote comparisons can be found at Review closely what the cancellation insurance includes and what it does not include. Cancellation insurance should be purchased immediately after acceptance into the program for the insurance to be effective. 
  • December 11, 2019 at 4pm: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have spring financial aid to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of December 11, 2019. 


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.