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MSASS Ecuador: Health, Human & Social Development (SASS 375/575)
Iyarina Rainforest, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador; Runatupari, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break 1
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 1 2015-2016 09/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 12/27/2015 01/09/2016
NOTE: In addition to the travel dates, you are required to attend 3 seminars: September 26, November 21, and January 23.

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CWRU Short-Term Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Credit Type: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
Number of Credits: 3 Program Advisor: Mark Chupp, MSASS
Courses Offered: Applied Social Sciences Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Deposit: $200
Total Program Cost:
Included in Program Cost: Flights, Housing, In-country transportation, Insurance, Most Meals Not Included in Program Costs: Some Meals, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Purpose: Study
Program Description:
MSASS Ecuador
*Please note:  Although the application deadline for this program is September 1, it often fills up before the deadline.  Therefore, to reserve your spot, it's important that you complete your application (including payment of the $200 deposit) as early as possible. We will not accept deposits between June 15-July 7th*

Ecuador: SASS 375/575 - Health, Human & Social Development 
Travel Dates: December 27, 2015 - January 9, 2016
Seminars: Sept 26, Nov 21, and Jan 23

Faculty: Mark Chupp, PhD ( and Francisca Richter, PhD (

Approved for:
  • Global and Cultural Diversity Credit
  • Social Science credit for engineering Students
  • Social Work Minor, or take as
  • Elective course
Visit MSASS 3 credit study abroad courses and contact Dr. Mark Chupp (

Contact Nancy Issa ( for Financial Aid Eligibility and procedure for travel costs.

Travel to Ecuador for two weeks to experience the capital city, Quito, spend time in the Amazon rain forest, live with Quichua indigenous family for 2 nights, and spend a day with the Afro-indigenous community!  Optional homestays in Quito also.

The 3-hour experiential course provides an integrated approach to the study of the multicultural issues related to policies and services that center around human and community development in Ecuador.  There will visits in urban and rural Ecuador that expose you to basic knowledge of the country’s history, politics, economic system, delivery of social and health services, and the unique diversity of Ecuadorian citizens.   You will have site visits that include programs in in health, HIV/AIDS, education, child welfare, disaster interventions, trafficking in human persons, and U.S. Aid policy.  Other experiences include shopping at a traditional open air market in Otavalo, the largest in South America, visit to the equator, cultural museums, ziplining, hiking volcanoes and mountains. You will have free time in Quito to also explore on your own.  A unique way of understanding the cultural diversity and home life will be through home stays in small groups with Quichua indigenous families, which is a unique experience in Latin America and a highlight for students. You will stay within an indigenous community. A second experience with an Afro-indigenous group north of Quito will also be planned.

Another highlight of this trip is an excursion to Amazon rainforest where we explore a different Ecuadorian lifestyle influenced by the native people, flora and fauna and medical practices. We will hike, visit the Amazon, take a canoe ride down an Amazon tributary called the Napo River, interface with a native healer, and participate in a service project. Some of the activities offered include:

• Limoncocha Biological Reserve – refuge for Ecuador’s Amazonian biodiversity and place for wildlife sighting
Antisana Volcano – main refuge for the Andean Condor
• Oyacachi Quichua – community in the southeastern slopes of Cayambe Volcano with highland ecosystems and hot springs pools
• Otavalo, Cotacachi & Runatupari – community eco-tourism project
El Chota – afro-ecuadorian community
Casa Covi – projects for homeless children
• Casa Gabriel – helping youth at risk become successful Christian leaders in their home, church, community and world
• One Stop Women’s Center – projects on human rights, women & violence
Casa Foch – Hotel in Quito
Andean Study Program – partners in Ecuador

Cost:  $3,995.00 - The $200.00 deposit paid with application (to reserve your spot) will be credited towards this amount. The remainder of the program fee will be billed from bursars office.
**Please note: we will not accept deposits between June 15-July 7th**

Program includes: International airfare, in-country travel, accommodations (up to 4 to a room), facilitators, translation, international/regional staff to guide the trip, all program fees, agency visits, guest lecturers, insurance and all meals except 6.
Program does not include: Passport, vaccinations, and visas (for non US passport holders), tips, transportation to and from Case to the airport, and the 6 meals not included by the program.

NOTE: There is a $200 deposit required with the application, due to the Office of Education Abroad.