semester-long study abroad
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In short, it works like this: two local Ecuadorian communities invite 5 to 12 international students to live in their community and study/create with an equal amount (or more) of community-selected counterparts. The international students will spend half of the semester in each community, completing two of their core courses in the first community and two in the second. Together the international students and local counterparts form a cohort. The cohort studies with highly-qualified university professors, professional artists and community educators, and they apply their studies through creative projects that confront global challenges at the local level. The "applied" nature of our program, meaning that studies lead to real projects, which are financed by student tuition, is what makes our work immediately sustainable.
Our next available semester is Spring 2025!
Our dynamic program is structured into four courses plus an optional independent study and optional pre-semester Spanish immersion course.
Each semester includes unique educational excursions, in which international students participate jointly with community counterparts
We want to form diverse cohorts of exceptional and passionate individuals. We treat our applicants with a personal touch and give every one our serious consideration.
We look for students who want more from their educational experience, aren't afraid of being uncomfortable, and are passionate about changing the world
Watch some videos, including a webinar on decolonizing education for collective liberation.
It is both exciting and scary when your child decides to study abroad, and surely many questions come to mind
From university professors to community educators and teaching artists, our diverse faculty bring exciting diverse perspectives to our courses
We can only achieve sustainability if our partner communities are truly partners, joining us in every step of the creative and decision-making processes
Being able to study for a semester or year in another country needs to be seen as both a privilege and responsibility.