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Spend three weeks in Ecuador and engage in enriching, hands-on community experiences in sustainability. Participants live with local families in the Amazon jungle, the Andes mountains, and the Galapagos Islands, and undertake life-changing service activities and coursework relating to cultural and ecological conservation and sustainable business development. Exposure to multidisciplinary approaches to sustainability, including health, economics, education, gender studies, ecology, politics, business, tourism, hospitality, and more.
Ecuador is one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world and is among the safest, ecologically-pristine and culturally-vibrant countries in South America. Work and live with indigenous communities in: 1) heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, one hour from the city of Tena; 2) base of the Andes Mountains, close to the town of Cayambe and the city of Otavalo; and 3) outer archipelagos of the Galapagos Islands.
May 20-June 8, 2014
This program provides six units of SDSU resident credit. Students will choose two of the following courses:
GEN S 450: Life and Culture Semester Abroad (3 Units), satisfies General Education, Explorations, Humanities Requirement for SDSU students.
RTM 404: Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Tourism (3 Units), satisfies General Education, Explorations, Social and Behavioral Sciences Cultural Diversity Requirement for SDSU students.
RTM 499: Special Study (3 units), provides sustainability-related academic opportunities oriented toward creating sustainable businesses, agencies, and institutions though the implementation of student-based, coordinated, practical and continuing community development programs focusing on:
- development of sustainable community products that build on unique natural, cultural, and human capital
- sustainability projects for communities to benefit directly from their assets and emerging global trends
- participants to experience and support unique community culture and environment
Beyond the Classroom
Ecuador: Quito, Otavalo, Cariacu, Coca, Yasuni National Park, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island
Days 1-3 - Quito
Day 4 - Trip to Otavalo & Cuicocha
Days 5-6 - Cariacu Project
Day 7 - Trip to Cariacu to Coca & Lago Verde
Days 8-11 - Yasuni
Day 12 - Travel to Quito
Day 13 - Travel to Galapagos
Days 14-17 - Galapagos Project
Day 18 - Isabela Island
Day 19 - Travel to Quito
Day 20 - Farewell Lunch
Day 21 - Return to the U.S.
Included in the Fee
- All meals
- Private transportation
- Student support 24/7
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Airline tickets for Quito - Galapagos Islands - Quito
- Tourist and cultural activities
- Personalized projects
- Pre-departure information
- Internet, safe box, and other basic necessities
- International travel insurance
NOT Included in the Fee
- Visa costs
- US$100 Entrance Fee paid upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands
- US$10 INGALA Airport Tax for the Galapagos Islands
- Any personal or free-time expenses and cultural activities in Quito
- Tourist trips not indicated in the itinerary (both group and individual trips)
- Free time activities not listed as "included" in final itinerary
- Mineral water and soft drinks
- Laundry, Telephone, Immunizations
- Spanish Lessons (optional, can be taken in lieu of afternoon cultural activities or before/after volunteer program for an additional cost)
Admission and Prerequisites
- Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public.
- SDSU students must be in good academic standing.
- Minimum age to participate is 18.
All participants must complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation. Details will be sent after acceptance into the program.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements as airfare is not included in the program price.
Please refer to the following website for all vaccinations needed for your trip to Ecuador: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/ecuador
Vinod Sasidharan will accompany this group abroad and serve as instructor of record for the program. For questions about the academic content of this program, please contact:
Vinod Sasidharan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Location: PSFA 447
Phone: Office (619) 594-4726 | Mobile (619) 757-5873
For questions about payments, registration, and insurance requirements please contact:
College of Extended Studies
Phone: (619) 594-1138