Unique Opportunity to study and volunteer in an urban and coastal community!
Ecuador spans the equator on the northwest coast of South America. With its cultural diversity and wide range of environments—the Galapagos Islands, the coastal areas of the Pacific, the Andes mountain range, and the headwaters of the Amazon—Ecuador provides an ideal location for you to live in and learn about South America, encountering directly the issues and concerns of this great southern continent. In Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and gateway to the Galapagos, you will enjoy a tropical climate with varied and abundant flora and fauna and a newly revitalized waterfront, or "Malecon." You will also encounter dramatic contrasts of wealth and poverty, and the social issues generated through that disparity.
Students will spend a semester developing your Spanish skills; studying Ecuadorian history, culture, and society at Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo; living with an Ecuadorian family; and serving 12–15 hours a week in an Ecuadorian community organization. The volunteer service immerses students in the culture and deepens your understanding of Ecuadorian society and will also facilitate students' mastery of Spanish.
Check out this video about the IPSL Coastal Ecuador program in Guayaquil.
Ecuador's main port and largest city, Guayaquil, is a bustling coastal urban center, known for its friendly people, tropical climate, and vibrant nightlife. You will enjoy strolls along the refurbished riverside "Malecón," the colonial Barrio Las Peñas, the colorful houses and view from Cerro Santa Ana, the Mercado Artesanal (artisan's market), beautiful parks and plazas, and an abundance of cafés and restaurants.
IPSL students get something extra in this program...the opportunity to work in a coastal community on environmental and sustainable tourism projects for one week at the end of the program.
The video below is of the Agriculture Workers Federation where IPSL students can serve