The Ecuador Project
Interested in working with various social service, education, & community development agencies in Ecuador this May?
The mission of the Ecuador Project is to introduce students to the culture and social issues of the Ecuadorian region through community-based service. The program provides an opportunity for active participation in the local environment and direct relationships with Ecuadorian people. Exploration begins in the Spring Semester Seminars, as students become acquainted with the history, culture, and current challenges facing the region.
ONLINE APPLICATION: http://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/site/gvGpCE/EcuadorProject
Ecuador has the richest biodiversity per square mile in the world, and the Galapagos is one of the most important national parks in existence. The country’s diversity of Indigenous Nationalities is one of the largest in the world as well. Three distinct and unique regions make the country a fascinating study of small geography and grandioso cultural interplay. The islands are a living laboratory of animal species that do not exist anywhere else on the planet!
what you need to know:
The program will seek to explore the rich cultural heritage of Ecuadorians (afroecuadorians, mestizos and Native Americans). Through a four-week immersion with various social services and agencies, education and special education organizations and schools, and community development agencies, students will be invited to reflect on the importance of grassroots movements, social networks, and biodiversity, among other facets.
Planned dates for the 2013 Project are:
Saturday, May 4th – Friday, May 31st.Selected students may participate in programs such as:
- Early Childhood Education
- Special Education
- Community Development
- Environmental Education
The 2013 Project will feature one to two site leaders and home stays with local families in Quito. A true Ecuadorian experience, of which the benefits and learning from will last a lifetime.
helpful links & additional resources
THE NICHOLS HUMANITARIAN FUND:
This year, those applying for financial aid will be asked to apply for Nichols funding in order to be considered for funding from OACS and the Dean of Students: http://tinyurl.com/ccg6s9g.
Additional Resources & Information on The Ecuador Project