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 are from 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. Pachaysana can lead the course instruction for your short-term program or we can work with faculty from the home university. They can be based in one community, or organized to travel among different communities in Ecuador. Our areas of specialty are the Ecuadorian Amazon and Highlands regions, but we have also led programming on the Coast and the Galápagos Islands. 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