FAQS

These are questions and answers geared toward international students, their home university advisors and family members. Specifically for administrators, we are happy to send additional documentation, covering topics such as safety, health, "Fair Trade Study Abroad" objectives, etc.

Are you accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester of Rehearsing Change?


Although our application season ended on April 15, our re-design of the program has allowed us to open up a few more spots. To accomodate students who need a last minute alternative, we will accept late admission applicants until July 15. If you are applying after July 1, please write us at info@rehearsingchange.org to make sure there are still spots available




What happens if I am accepted and the program ends up being cancelled by Pachaysana or by my university before I arrive?


We have finalized our plans for the Fall 2021 semester in order to be able to adapt to any situation. We will make final decisions by late June and share those on our COVID-19 Updates page. If for some reason, programming is cancelled or suspended, all of our courses will transition online and students will have no academic reprucussions. Students are also permitted to transition to remote learning at any moment during the semester, regardless of their reasoning.




What happens if I have to leave the country during the semester?


Regardless of the reason, our COVID-19 plans include easy transitions to remote learning for any student that needs to leave country during the semester. Regarding refunds, we differentiate a student’s transition to remote learning based on who makes the decision, whether the student is asked to transition by Pachaysana or the sending school or whether the student voluntarily makes the decision. Please click here for more information.




What protocols are being put into place to protect students' health and wellbeing?


Our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 programming are updated on a monthly basis, and with each update, we create a new set of protocols to prioritize the health and wellness of both international students and local community counterparts. Depending on the situation at a given time, these protocols will include regular testing, social-distancing, mandatory mask-wearing, and quarantines (as needed). Our final plans for the Fall 2021 in-country programming can be found on our COVID-19 Updates page.




What Summer programming options are being considered?


Since many students will not have had the chance to study abroad during the normal academic year, we are considering offering a full-credit-bearing summer term of Rehearsing Change in 2022. This summer term would act as an additional semester of Rehearsing Change, with the same courses and educational model. Let us know if you have interest and we will include you on an email list. We also plan on re-opening our short-term abroad programs in May, 2022. We will make decisions and post updates on the potential Summer Term by mid-September to early-October on our COVID-19 Updates page.




How has the pandemic impacted Pachaysana's partner communities in Ecuador?


While COVID has entered all of our partner communities, luckily they have experienced almost no fatalities (all of our host families and regular program participants are safe and healthy). Of course, many families are struggling in different ways, especially economically, and Pachaysana has been able to support with humanitarian aid when most needed. Yet, the communities continue to show incredible resilience, solidarity, and care for the collective wellbeing, and we continue to be inspired by them. With greater internet connectivity, many of our community participants have been able to engage our From the Cracks programming and we are looking forward to later in 2021 when we can start up in-person programs and projects.




Are Pachaysana's partner communities safe places to be during the pandemic?


We continue to monitor the safety in each one of our partner communities, and believe that our rural partner communities in the Ecuadorian Andes & Amazon are safe for students during the public health crisis. Since many of these communities are small, rural, and relatively isolated, viruses do not spread nearly as quickly as in major cities. That being said, it is likely that we will play it extra safe for our Fall 2021 semester and mix "pod-style" modules, where local community members join our students in an eco-lodge or farm (after COVID testing) for a course, with abbreviated community stays. If any factors in the local communities demonstrate unacceptable risk, we will transition to only pod-style learning. It is also important to note that none of the communities we work with are so isolated that they are far from quality health care options.




How has your programming-as-usual been impacted by the pandemic?


As with almost all exchange programs, we suspended most of our in-country programming from March, 2020 until August, 2021, when we anticipate to gradually return to regular study abroad, including semesters of Rehearsing Change and Short-Term Programs. We have transitioned our programming online, where we have re-imagined our decolonial educational model for virtual learning. The success of this programming has led us to open up ongoing virtual learning spaces as regular Pachaysana offerings. Click here to learn more about our current online programming.




Are students required to be vaccinated?


Students are required to arrive vaccinated unless they cannot do so because of religious or medical reasons. In the case that a student does not arrive vaccinated, they are required to quarantine for no less than 8 days upon arrival in country and take a PCR test to begin the program. Students will be expected to financially support this first quarantine and PCR test. Once they are officially in the cohort, Pachaysana assumes responsibility for financially supporting quarantines and testing. Unvaccinated students are also required to complete an additional waiver form.





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Are you accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester of Rehearsing Change?


Although our application season ended on April 15, our re-design of the program has allowed us to open up a few more spots. To accomodate students who need a last minute alternative, we will accept late admission applicants until July 15. If you are applying after July 1, please write us at info@rehearsingchange.org to make sure there are still spots available




What happens if I am accepted and the program ends up being cancelled by Pachaysana or by my university before I arrive?


We have finalized our plans for the Fall 2021 semester in order to be able to adapt to any situation. We will make final decisions by late June and share those on our COVID-19 Updates page. If for some reason, programming is cancelled or suspended, all of our courses will transition online and students will have no academic reprucussions. Students are also permitted to transition to remote learning at any moment during the semester, regardless of their reasoning.




What happens if I have to leave the country during the semester?


Regardless of the reason, our COVID-19 plans include easy transitions to remote learning for any student that needs to leave country during the semester. Regarding refunds, we differentiate a student’s transition to remote learning based on who makes the decision, whether the student is asked to transition by Pachaysana or the sending school or whether the student voluntarily makes the decision. Please click here for more information.




What protocols are being put into place to protect students' health and wellbeing?


Our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 programming are updated on a monthly basis, and with each update, we create a new set of protocols to prioritize the health and wellness of both international students and local community counterparts. Depending on the situation at a given time, these protocols will include regular testing, social-distancing, mandatory mask-wearing, and quarantines (as needed). Our final plans for the Fall 2021 in-country programming can be found on our COVID-19 Updates page.




What Summer programming options are being considered?


Since many students will not have had the chance to study abroad during the normal academic year, we are considering offering a full-credit-bearing summer term of Rehearsing Change in 2022. This summer term would act as an additional semester of Rehearsing Change, with the same courses and educational model. Let us know if you have interest and we will include you on an email list. We also plan on re-opening our short-term abroad programs in May, 2022. We will make decisions and post updates on the potential Summer Term by mid-September to early-October on our COVID-19 Updates page.




How has the pandemic impacted Pachaysana's partner communities in Ecuador?


While COVID has entered all of our partner communities, luckily they have experienced almost no fatalities (all of our host families and regular program participants are safe and healthy). Of course, many families are struggling in different ways, especially economically, and Pachaysana has been able to support with humanitarian aid when most needed. Yet, the communities continue to show incredible resilience, solidarity, and care for the collective wellbeing, and we continue to be inspired by them. With greater internet connectivity, many of our community participants have been able to engage our From the Cracks programming and we are looking forward to later in 2021 when we can start up in-person programs and projects.




Are Pachaysana's partner communities safe places to be during the pandemic?


We continue to monitor the safety in each one of our partner communities, and believe that our rural partner communities in the Ecuadorian Andes & Amazon are safe for students during the public health crisis. Since many of these communities are small, rural, and relatively isolated, viruses do not spread nearly as quickly as in major cities. That being said, it is likely that we will play it extra safe for our Fall 2021 semester and mix "pod-style" modules, where local community members join our students in an eco-lodge or farm (after COVID testing) for a course, with abbreviated community stays. If any factors in the local communities demonstrate unacceptable risk, we will transition to only pod-style learning. It is also important to note that none of the communities we work with are so isolated that they are far from quality health care options.




How has your programming-as-usual been impacted by the pandemic?


As with almost all exchange programs, we suspended most of our in-country programming from March, 2020 until August, 2021, when we anticipate to gradually return to regular study abroad, including semesters of Rehearsing Change and Short-Term Programs. We have transitioned our programming online, where we have re-imagined our decolonial educational model for virtual learning. The success of this programming has led us to open up ongoing virtual learning spaces as regular Pachaysana offerings. Click here to learn more about our current online programming.




Are students required to be vaccinated?


Students are required to arrive vaccinated unless they cannot do so because of religious or medical reasons. In the case that a student does not arrive vaccinated, they are required to quarantine for no less than 8 days upon arrival in country and take a PCR test to begin the program. Students will be expected to financially support this first quarantine and PCR test. Once they are officially in the cohort, Pachaysana assumes responsibility for financially supporting quarantines and testing. Unvaccinated students are also required to complete an additional waiver form.





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Are you accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester of Rehearsing Change?


Although our application season ended on April 15, our re-design of the program has allowed us to open up a few more spots. To accomodate students who need a last minute alternative, we will accept late admission applicants until July 15. If you are applying after July 1, please write us at info@rehearsingchange.org to make sure there are still spots available




What happens if I am accepted and the program ends up being cancelled by Pachaysana or by my university before I arrive?


We have finalized our plans for the Fall 2021 semester in order to be able to adapt to any situation. We will make final decisions by late June and share those on our COVID-19 Updates page. If for some reason, programming is cancelled or suspended, all of our courses will transition online and students will have no academic reprucussions. Students are also permitted to transition to remote learning at any moment during the semester, regardless of their reasoning.




What happens if I have to leave the country during the semester?


Regardless of the reason, our COVID-19 plans include easy transitions to remote learning for any student that needs to leave country during the semester. Regarding refunds, we differentiate a student’s transition to remote learning based on who makes the decision, whether the student is asked to transition by Pachaysana or the sending school or whether the student voluntarily makes the decision. Please click here for more information.




What protocols are being put into place to protect students' health and wellbeing?


Our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 programming are updated on a monthly basis, and with each update, we create a new set of protocols to prioritize the health and wellness of both international students and local community counterparts. Depending on the situation at a given time, these protocols will include regular testing, social-distancing, mandatory mask-wearing, and quarantines (as needed). Our final plans for the Fall 2021 in-country programming can be found on our COVID-19 Updates page.




What Summer programming options are being considered?


Since many students will not have had the chance to study abroad during the normal academic year, we are considering offering a full-credit-bearing summer term of Rehearsing Change in 2022. This summer term would act as an additional semester of Rehearsing Change, with the same courses and educational model. Let us know if you have interest and we will include you on an email list. We also plan on re-opening our short-term abroad programs in May, 2022. We will make decisions and post updates on the potential Summer Term by mid-September to early-October on our COVID-19 Updates page.




How has the pandemic impacted Pachaysana's partner communities in Ecuador?


While COVID has entered all of our partner communities, luckily they have experienced almost no fatalities (all of our host families and regular program participants are safe and healthy). Of course, many families are struggling in different ways, especially economically, and Pachaysana has been able to support with humanitarian aid when most needed. Yet, the communities continue to show incredible resilience, solidarity, and care for the collective wellbeing, and we continue to be inspired by them. With greater internet connectivity, many of our community participants have been able to engage our From the Cracks programming and we are looking forward to later in 2021 when we can start up in-person programs and projects.




Are Pachaysana's partner communities safe places to be during the pandemic?


We continue to monitor the safety in each one of our partner communities, and believe that our rural partner communities in the Ecuadorian Andes & Amazon are safe for students during the public health crisis. Since many of these communities are small, rural, and relatively isolated, viruses do not spread nearly as quickly as in major cities. That being said, it is likely that we will play it extra safe for our Fall 2021 semester and mix "pod-style" modules, where local community members join our students in an eco-lodge or farm (after COVID testing) for a course, with abbreviated community stays. If any factors in the local communities demonstrate unacceptable risk, we will transition to only pod-style learning. It is also important to note that none of the communities we work with are so isolated that they are far from quality health care options.




How has your programming-as-usual been impacted by the pandemic?


As with almost all exchange programs, we suspended most of our in-country programming from March, 2020 until August, 2021, when we anticipate to gradually return to regular study abroad, including semesters of Rehearsing Change and Short-Term Programs. We have transitioned our programming online, where we have re-imagined our decolonial educational model for virtual learning. The success of this programming has led us to open up ongoing virtual learning spaces as regular Pachaysana offerings. Click here to learn more about our current online programming.




Are students required to be vaccinated?


Students are required to arrive vaccinated unless they cannot do so because of religious or medical reasons. In the case that a student does not arrive vaccinated, they are required to quarantine for no less than 8 days upon arrival in country and take a PCR test to begin the program. Students will be expected to financially support this first quarantine and PCR test. Once they are officially in the cohort, Pachaysana assumes responsibility for financially supporting quarantines and testing. Unvaccinated students are also required to complete an additional waiver form.





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