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  • Locations: Otavalo, Ecuador; Otavalo, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:


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

Global Studies Civic Engagement with Peoples and the Environment 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 Intag 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 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. 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 (9399 ft) and in the cloud forest (5000-3000 ft).

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in this program requires a valid passport through at least November 25, 2022. If you do not have a valid passport or your passport is set to expire before this date, please apply for a passport as soon as possible f you hope to participate in this program. 

Otavalo, La Florida, Plaza Gutiérrez, Junín, Los Cedros: All locations are in Imbabura Province in Northern Ecuador

May 7-24, 2022
6 Credits - GS 375
  • Fulfills GEP goals 9 and 10
  • Counts toward GS major/minor, SPAN major/minor, SUST minor, WGSS minor, ETHN minor (with approval)
  • 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

  • Range from $5,200 - $5,900 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The $500 deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost. 
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition/fees for 6 credits for GS 375, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the duration of the program, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for group educational experiences, international health insurance for the duration of the time in Ecuador, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee. 
Dr. Linda D'Amico (                       

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

  • February 1, 2022 at 4pm: Application deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. Students will be accepted for this program on a rolling basis. 
  • February 6, 2022: 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 Eligibility and Cancellation Policies document students must review and electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students may individually and independently purchase Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance when planning for this study abroad program. Study Abroad will not advise on CFAR policies, nor endorse a particular company/policy. The WSU Study Abroad Cancellation Policies will be enforced uniformly regardless of a student’s purchase of CFAR insurance.   
  • April 16, 2022: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of April 16, 2022.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/07/2022 05/24/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.