Programs : Brochure
W&M Summer- Ecuador (Outgoing Program) Featured:
- Locations: Quito, Ecuador
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: W&M applicants only
Students will study and live in an outdoor adventure and sustainability school based on an Organic certified farm on the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador. This program aims to reinforce the social and environmental responsibility of participants through the creation of community and outdoor experiences. This program will offer experiential learning opportunities to students with the objective of focusing on sustainability. Each week will have 4 days of classes and activities at the farm and 3 days of visits to different communities and places. Some excursions could include: Quito Old Colonial Town, San Clemente community, Otavalo Indigenous Market, Ashanga Project, Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve and Papallacta hot springs. Some of these outings may involve hiking and bike riding.
Students on the Ecuador program earn 6 credits.
HISP 389 Joyful Struggles: Stories of Aspiration, Inspiration, and Imagination (3 credits)
HISP XXX: Spanish for Cultural Immersion (3 credits)
HISP 389: This course will center on ongoing efforts of communities, in Latin American and beyond, that have sought to rewrite the social expectations around the concepts of development and consumption. In a global society that has come to favor speed, individual wealth, and cheap, disposable commodities, sustainable farms like Palugo and the surrounding network of projects and communities stand in stark contrast. This course will seek to augment the hands-on experience of daily work on a sustainable, organic farm by urging students to think about the ideas behind these contrasting ways of life.
HISP XXX: The purpose of HISP XXX is to give students the tools to learn about real-life and culture in the Spanish-speaking countries, in this case Ecuador and to develop skills like listening, speaking, writing or reading while working at the farm or visiting surrounding communities. You will have the opportunity to hear the variation of Ecuadorian Spanish depending on the settings that you will be at. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and the indigenous and mestizo cultures of Ecuador.
As you learn about the day to day in the farm you will be learning and/or reviewing vocabulary and grammar structures that will help you communicate with the people living around you. The design of this course is based on a daily contact with Spanish speakers and your assignments will vary according to your level.
We are aware that because there is no Spanish requirement this is a multilevel Spanish course. Therefore the activities and assignments in the class, even though they are connected to the activities that Nahual has prepared for you, will be different according to your level of Spanish.
Beginners class: The focus will be on basic grammar structures and vocabulary needed for daily communication in the farm and the surrounding communities.
Intermediate level: This level will focus on learning more advanced grammar structures that will help sustain a small conversations telling stories orally or written and sharing experiences with the people you have daily contact with.
Advanced level: This level will focus in learning about topics, like politics, agriculture and history of Ecuador and connecting them to the daily experience and interactions through a conversational setting. You will have access to newspapers and other authentic materials to base your learning. It will be encourage to keep a journal at all levels which will help develop writing skills.
Courses are taught by William & Mary faculty. Grades will appear on W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
W&M Faculty: John D. Riofrio, Paulina Carrion
Priority Deadline ($75*): December 1
Deposit ($700): March 10
Final Payment: April 1
*Application fee information:
The application fee ($75) is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M.