What is the Ecuador Study and Intern Latin American Studies Track all about?
Ecuador Study and Intern allows you to earn credits towards your degree while studying at Universidad de Cuenca in Ecuador. Not only, you will improve your Spanish skills through both living with a homestay and a language course (based on your current level of Spanish), but you will also get to volunteer your time within the local community. This Study and Intern Latin America Studies Track is a great way to explore the country of Ecuador and enriching your knowledge of the culture and its traditions.
The Latin American Studies Track combines interning with one of the many grassroots community project in Cuenca twice a week on top of your classes. Depending on your personal interest, projects include working with the elders or interning in an equine-assisted therapy center with children with a broad range of attention or learning difficulties.
Combine study abroad with real-world experience by interning in-country and compliment your studies in a different kind of way!
If your degree leans towards conservation or the environment, please check out this track instead.
Why Choose this Ecuador Study and Intern?
By studying abroad through Kaya, you can earn up credits towards your degree, get ahead with your studies, and really immerse yourself in a new culture. The Study and Intern Abroad program in Ecuador will take you further in your language learning journey, add another dimension to your resume. The experience combines living and studying abroad and will inevitably take your personal growth further. Plus, why not explore and enrich your knowledge in your own way, rather than following your home university curriculum!
Study Abroad Details
While you take 4 courses and earn up to 12 credits at one of Ecuador’s university, you will live in Cuenca. For the 10 days on quarantine, you will start your classes, and attend virtual orientation and cultural sessions, where we expect the time to fly by. You will be doing this as part of a pod for those arriving in the country at the same time.
What classes can you take? History of Ecuador and Latin America Natural + Natural Heritage of Ecuador + Cultural Heritage of Ecuador + Spanish Class (based on your language level)
Once quarantine has ended, you will be driven to Cuenca and your host family. You will be given a city tour of Cuenca so that you can get your bearings. During your time in Cuenca, you will be offered to participate in two social activities each month and two excursions during your time there will be organized to help you explore the area.
Intern Abroad Details
Twice a week, you will participate in some wonderful community projects internship options in Cuenca. One option is to work with the elders and participate in memory clubs, dance classes, cooking classes, amongst other activities with them. Another option is to work with children with learning difficulties at the horse therapy center. If you have any other specific interest, please speak to your advisors as there are a variety of grassroots projects in the city that might better suit your interests.
RECRUITING NOW FOR FALL 2021
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To build your resume through an internship and improve your Spanish
To immerse yourself in the local culture and earn credits towards your degree
To learn about the Latin American culture and heritage in Ecuador
The requirements to join the Ecuador Study and Intern program are:
• Minimum GPA: 2.5
• Academic Reference
• Personal Statement
A Kaya representative will contact you upon application to get these materials. In order to establish your level of Spanish, you will be required to take a Spanish placement test to be evaluated and placed accordingly.
Where will I study while in Ecuador?
About the Location
Ecuador has an amazing history extending over an 8000-year period from the Pre-Columbia era to the now Republic of Ecuador, not to mention the Conquest era and the Colonial Period. Not only for its history, but the country’s mega-biodiversity makes it a great place to visit. During your time in Ecuador, you’ll study abroad at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cuenca, located in the highlands of Ecuador. Cuenca is the third-largest city of Ecuador and the economic center of the southern sierra region. Cuenca is located at about 2,560 metres (8,400 feet) above sea level. It is known for its rich colonial architecture as well as a wealthy intellectual, philosophical and art culture. Cuenca’s breathtaking scenery, colorful festivals and distinct food make it a popular place to visit. While studying, you will enjoy spring-like weather as temperatures never go beyond highs of 70s F and lows of 50s F. The mountainous views from the city are astonishing and you are sure to fall in love with it!
While studying in Cuenca, you will be able to experience the Ecuadorian lifestyle to its fullest by living with a host family.
What to do in your spare time
During your time studying in Cuenca, you will have the chance to attend local concerts, cooking and salsa classes. As part of your program, we will also organize two excursions including the Parque Nacional El Cajas and the thermal waters of Baños de Cuenca.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 months
- Cost: $11165 for a total of 4 months abroad
*payments in USD
- Requirements: Minimum GPA: 2.5 - Academic Reference - Personal Statement - Transcript
- Location: Quito and Cuenca, Ecuador
- Working hours: Depends on class schedule
- Project availability: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
- Arrival day: Fall 2021 - August 27th arrival date in country (apply by July 15). End date January 15th - Spring 2022 - January 7th, 2022 arrival date in country (apply by December 1). End date May 28th.
What is included
- Accommodation: volunteer house during the 10 days quarantine and host family during your study abroad experience.
- Meals: 3 meals daily
- Airport: pick-up in Quito and drop-off in Guayaquil
- Courses: 4 courses at Universidad de Cuenca. One is a language course
- Excursions and activities
- Internet access
- Official transcript and grade report
- Support: 24-hour support
- Excursion Planning: staff helps organize weekend activities (extra fees may apply)
- Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation, project induction provided, Fundraising Guide
What is not included
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure, in-country and upon re-entry
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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