The Academics and Program Structure
This program can be credit bearing, according to each university’s policy. By default, six UConn credits are assigned to this program.
LLAS 3293 Ecuadorian Society and Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
LLAS 3293 Field Work in Ecuador (3 credits)
2. In-country Orientation and Foundation Building: June 26 – July 3, 2016
Upon arrival in the country, all students spend the first segment of their time in Cuenca, attending orientation sessions, living with local families, studying Spanish intensively, participating in development discussions, visiting nearby development and relief organizations, and participating in project content and technical training.
3. Field-work: July 4 – July 17, 2016
Students travel to Loja and visit different satellite work sites, staying with additional local families, in group living settings and/or in hotels. Students will work with Peace Corps Volunteers, local community service organizations, and local businesses.
4. Conclusion, Delivery, and Presentation: July 18 – July 22, 2016
All participants return to the SECorps headquarters in Cuenca for the final days of the program. At this time the projects are completed and presented, Spanish evaluations are conducted and participants stay wit the local families one last time.
Students will be assessed based on news analyses while in Ecuador, and reflections on experience and final presentation at the end of the trip. Throughout the program, students will be invited to contribute to a group blog, sharing and reflecting on their experience.
You should be prepared for the experience of a lifetime! During your four weeks in Ecuador, you will have the opportunity to learn the theories and then see them in practice. You will experience daily life in towns and in rural areas. You will start out in Cuenca, staying with homestay families, participating in discussions, studying Spanish, visiting non-profits, and observing local social entrepreneurs at work. Upon leaving Cuenca you will travel to Loja and satellite locations, where you will work on individual or group development projects. As a final project you will have funding set aside to analyze and “invest” in a real local initiative that you will choose as a group. This is a unique opportunity to witness and participate in real, high impact social entrepreneurship in a developing country. And of course you will have time to climb volcanoes, backcountry hike, and see the beauty that is the Incan culture. Most importantly, you will be directly and concretely contributing to economic development in rural Ecuador.
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