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*WCU Winter in Ecuador - Spanish Language & Culture in Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WCU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Housing Options:
Host Family/Homestay
Area of Study: Language Studies Program Type: Service Learning
Faculty/Staff Director: Cristobal Cardemil-Krause
Program Description:
The WCU Winter in Ecuador program consists of three specific parts: academic development, social integrity development, and cultural awareness development.
Academic development refers to students taking 3 Spanish-Credit hours at ACLAS (Andean Center for Latin American Studies). This class may be to improve their language abilities (in courses similar to Spanish 202, 301, 302, or higher) or to comply with cultural requisites for the Spanish major or minor (Literature and Culture courses). Therefore, this program is good for people completing their language, minor, and major requirements in Spanish.
Social integrity development will be achieved through service learning opportunities in children’s hospitals, childcare centers, nursing homes, or other related sites. Students will have to complete 12 hours of volunteer work—for which they have to write a reflection journal. This activity will be linked to the courses students will be taking.
Cultural awareness development consists of learning about the lifestyle and cultures of the people of Quito and Ecuador. Students will live with host families who will introduce them to their culture. They will have to learn how to move around Quito while improving their language skills. Also, they will learn about the country and its traditions by visiting a number of places, such as Baños and the city of Otavalo—which is known around the world because of its huge indigenous market.
Students will also have the opportunity to plan visits on their own to the coastal regions of Ecuador and other places of interest.
Quito, Ecuador. Quito is a cosmopolitan, but quaint city on the Ecuadorian Andes, at an elevation of 9,350 feet. Even though it is the capital of Ecuador, moving around the city is easy, and its inhabitants are well-known for their relaxed, yet formal manner. The weather during January in Quito is mostly dry, though there may be afternoon showers. Students should expect Spring-like weather throughout their stay (so it is important to bring light clothing as well as some warmer sweaters and jackets).
Each student will stay with a host family. After students are accepted to the program, they will have to fill out a form that will allow ACLAS to accommodate students with families that best suits their special needs and personalities. Students will have their own room, complete with at least a bed, a dresser, and a desk. They will receive three meals per day (if they have to go out, their families will pack their meals). Also, they will have their laundry done for them.
Students are expected to use Spanish as much as possible. Classes will be conducted in Spanish. Host families will communicate in Spanish with students unless there is a clear emergency. Students will have to communicate in Spanish during their community service. They should communicate in Spanish as much as possible among students as well.
All participants will complete 3 credit hours of Spanish language coursework on this program (45 hours in total). Course level placement will be decided prior to departure and the credits earned will be transfer credits coming back to WCU as Spanish 202, 301, 302, or beyond.

Participants must have completed Spanish 201 (or the equivalent) with a grade of B or higher.  Students who have completed Spanish 102 (or the equivalent) with a B or higher, may apply to the program but will be required to complete an interview in Spanish with the Program Director prior to acceptance. The Program Director reserves the right to interview other candidates if necessary (particularly if there are more students than open slots for the current program).
Students will have a number of excursions within and beyond Quito. They should expect to visit Colonial Quito (a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site) and Mitad del Mundo (Equinoctial Line), as day visits. Also, the group will spend a night in Otavalo, visit the market early in the morning, and then travel to natural sites. There will be a longer expedition, were the group will spend two nights in the volcanic town of Baños—students will have the opportunity to explore the luxuriant vegetation that defines the outer borders of the Amazon jungle. At the end of the program, students may want to spend a few more days on site to visit other areas of Ecuador.
All participants will pay WCU a program fee which covers the tuition, meals, housing, excursions, and program administration costs.  The program fee (not including other WCU costs) is $2,726. All students will also be billed the $100 WCU Study Abroad Application fee through the Bursar’s office upon submission of their online applications. 
Not included in the program fees listed above is the round-trip airfare (estimated between $600 and $1200), WCU's mandatory international insurance, and spending money (approximately $500). Students may choose to travel on their own, but they should arrive to Quito on January 2nd, before a specific time that will be defined later. They may choose to stay beyond January 21st, but will need to find their own accommodation after that date. Ecuador’s currency is the American Dollar, so no conversions are necessary. Bringing at least $350 in cash is highly recommended, since many daily transactions only accept cash.
Prof. Cristóbal Cardemil-Krause
Department of Languages & Cultures, Mitchell Hall

This program is currently not accepting applications.