Short-Term Study Abroad

How does it work?

We work with university faculty and staff to design personalized short-term study abroad programs for their diverse learning communities. These programs typically take place between 10 days to 1 month during breaks in the academic year (summer vacation, spring break, winter break, etc.), and vary significantly in itinerary and focus, depending on the needs & desires of the group as well as those of our host communities. Short-term programs can be entirely led by Pachaysana faculty, or faculty from the home university. They can be based in one community, or organized to facilitate travel among different communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Sierra regions. All programs can be organized for academic credit. 


Pachaysana offers these special programs for two distinct reasons: 1) to strengthen our community partnerships​ in Ecuador, and 2) to provide one-of-a-kind short-term educational experiences for international students. Regarding our community partners, we focus on co-designing and co-administering the program with locals, so that they are not recipients of services, but key actors and leaders in the entire educational and organizational process. Regarding international students, we focus on the creation of experiences that link critical service learning, community engagement, and intercultural education. 


It is important to note that while we recognize the overwhelming trend in study abroad toward short-term experiences, and value their important contribution to both our partner communities and international students, we do not consider them as replacements for, or equal to, our semester-long program.

We offer a variety of programs based on university & community needs. Learn about our different options and start to imagine your dream program

How do we maintain our commitments to Fair-Trade study abroad & decolonial education in our short-term programming?

As with all of our programs, community counterparts play and integral role in organizing, hosting, and facilitating short-term programs