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|Spring||2019||09/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||02/01/2019||05/10/2019|
** 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.
Ten years ago, Ecuadorians voted in a referendum to adopt a new constitution. Progressives were thrilled by the document, and the accompanying promises of then-president Correa. This enthusiasm has waned, and HECUA's Community Internships in Latin America program examines why. CILA students analyze the ideals embodied in the Constitution of 2008 and the challenges the country has faced in applying those ambitious goals.
Based in Quito, the CILA program weaves together a project-based internship, coursework focused on the promise and perils of development, and field visits ranging from the Pacific coast to the Amazon river basin. When not in the field, students live with a host family in Quito, Ecuador's historic capital city. In the third week of class students begin internships at a diverse range of community organizations. Past sites include: an organic farm (Granja Integral Pachamama), a media hub (El Churo Comunicación), and a women's safe house (Casa Mathilde). Students end the semester with significantly improved Spanish, a deep understanding of models of community participation with a focus on indigenous perspectives, and a firsthand view of the effects of oil politics and globalization on Ecuador's environment and economy.
A home stay is combined with a 20 hour per week hands-on internship, field visits, and an independent study opportunity designed to meet individual students' learning goals. A field seminar involving local experts and activists provides an intensive immersion into Latin American daily life and culture.
Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)
- Conflict Studies
- Environmental Studies
- International Relations
- Internship Programs
- Liberal Arts
- Social Sciences
- Urban & Regional Planning
- Women's Studies
- Chicano Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Development Studies
- Intensive Language
Please consult the HECUA website for up-to-date pricing.
Group transportation to field sites, planned group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs.
Experience RequiredYes. Four semesters (or equivalent) of College-level Spanish is required to participate in our semester-long study abroad program.
This Program is open to
Students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions.
Typical Living Arrangements
Scholarships are Available
HECUA provides up to three $750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, two $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice, and four $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.
Application Process Involves
- Online Application plus Application Assessment
- Letters of Reference
- Spanish language review
See the HECUA Ecuador website for more info >>>
HECUA. Gustavus belongs to the HECUA Consortium, so we are a part of the organization that offers this program. Any eligible Gustavus student is welcome to participate in this program.
Application process. Gustavus students will first apply for Gustavus approval through this website. Once approved by Gustavus to participate, you will then complete an online HECUA application as well. Note that Gustavus has a nonrefundable application fee of $70 (required for all Gustavus study away applicants), and that HECUA has a separate nonrefundable application fee of $50.
Advising at Gustavus. If you would like to speak with a Gustavus program advisor, please see our Advising page for more information.