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Faculty-Led Study Abroad


Winter 2015

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Issues in Sustainable Development and Ecotourism in Amazonian and Galapagos Ecuador


This two-week adventure features opportunities to traverse the highlands of the Andes, explore the intricacies of the Galapagos, interact with local community members, conduct a service project, and participate in agriculture, conservation and environmental studies all the while discovering the magnificent natural beauty of Ecuador. Special emphasis will be placed on developing a cross-cultural awareness and service ethic within an environmental worldview.





  • Las Tuneles de Lava/Sharks & Iguanas
  • Tortuga Island/
  • Coffee Plantation
  • Teliferico


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Learning Goals

REC 482/482G (3 hours) – Ecuador: Ecotourism and Service Learning

  • Develop an appreciation for and an understanding of the historical, sociological, and ecological character of Ecuador and the Galapagos;
  • Have a firm understanding, through immersion in the local economy, of the cultural similarities and differences of a global society;
  • Develop and build an appreciation for and an understanding of the diverse geographical character of Ecuador and the Galapagos;
  • Discuss the influence of the diversity of natural wonders of Ecuador and the Galapagos and ensuing influence on ecotourism and community development;
  • Explain and discuss the various natural resource management challenges facing private recreation operators and government planners in highly traveled areas such as the Galapagos National Park;
  • Demonstrate group and personal leadership skills that include effective communication, judgment, decision-making, tolerance, inclusion, and risk management;
  • Develop an appreciation for the strong contribution of service projects to local people, communities, and the environment;
  • Recognize the various methods of instruction for learning;
  • Discuss and articulate your role in a global society through community service in the host county.

DCS 399/SUST 517 (3 hours) – Sustainable Development Issues in Amazonian and Galapagos Ecuador

  • Appreciate sociological, cultural, and food policy differences among world cultures;
  • Compare sustainability and food issues between the host country and the US;
  • Understand issues related to food production and infrastructure;
  • Recognize similarities and differences in US and host country trade policies:
  • Compare educational systems;
  • Defend economic and political issues related to the world situation;
  • Adapt knowledge learned to further success in their fields of study.




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Program Leaders


  • Quito
  • Ambato
  • Chaco
  • Pillaro
  • Isabela Island
  • Baltra
  • San Cristibo


  • Winter 2015
    January 06 - 20, 2015 


  • $3,400 (est.)


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