There are several educational excursions, in which international students participate jointly with community counterparts. Our excursion sites change on a semester-by-semester basis, allowing Pachaysana to integrate them into our ongoing community development work in the country. Our default sites are:
One of Ecuador's National Parks in the Amazon Rainforest, often considered the “most bio-diverse region on Earth,” followed by a Toxic Tour, where we learn about past and present issues related to the extraction of natural resources in the Amazon. (This excursion is included in every semester unless communicated differently to accepted students.)
Our second excursion takes us to the Ecuadorian highlands, where we visit community development projects and different indigenous villages, currently in the provinces of Bolivar and Cotopaxi.
Community Visits with workshops. Our other excursion is to local marginalized communities where we will carry out workshops and festivals. Depending on Pachaysana's ongoing community-based projects, this may be in the Amazon, Highlands or Coast.