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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
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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: Debby Jacobson, 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:

ecuador photoNote: This course is currently waitlisted. Any new applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

*Please note:  Although the application deadline for this program is September 6, 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.* Deposits will not be accepted between June 15th and July 7th. Please plan accordingly.

Ecuador: SASS 375/575 - Health, Human & Social Development 
Travel Dates: December 28, 2014 - January 10, 2015
Seminars: Nov 1, Dec 13, Jan 31

Faculty: Mark Chupp PhD and Sonia Minnes, 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. Debby Jacobson,

Contact Nancy Issa for Financial Aid Eligibility 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!

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.  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:  $3,950.00

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.

More Information:
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.

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

This program is currently not accepting applications.