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Living and Learning International exists to provide academically excellent international programs where students will live in community, engage the challenges of the world, and learn to respond with a Biblical Christian Worldview.

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Study Abroad
Faculty-Led Program
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Academically excellent international programs where students will live in community, engage the challenges of the world, and learn to respond with a biblical Christian worldview.

God's Call

Experience the call of God in your life as you serve Him and expand your worldview.

Great Classes

Excellent academic classes  that will apply towards your major.  Learn while improving your Spanish in a practical international setting.


Participate in a customized internship that will cause you to stretch and grow.


Experience a life-changing semester abroad... visit the jungles of Ecuador, see the Galapagos Islands, explore Machu Picchu, stand on the equator, and summit a 15,000 volcano.

What you get...

Our programs offer a life-changing study abroad experience! Live in Christ-centered community and experience God anew internationally. You will take classes for credit, study the Bible, experience local life through a homestay with a local family, see God's work overseas first hand, enjoy the ecological diversity and beauty of the region!

  • Hands On Learning

  • Incredible Travel Destinations

  • Friendships and Community

  • Practice Spanish

  • Live with a Local Family

  • Real World Internship


The Semester in Ecuador program is open to all freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have at least a 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and express an interest in service and/or mission. Students must check with their institution for any applications or deadlines that are required through their university, complete an application online with L&LI, which includes a personal statement of interest and two letters of recommendation. Students must also show proof of personal insurance.


It is for students who desire to continue their college education in an international setting. You will function under the supervision and guidelines of your North American institution. This semester is designed to combine classroom learning and practical internships in a unique and challenging cross-cultural setting.


Depending on the Opportunity you select, you will need to check with your college or university for exact costs! However, in most cases if you are a student at one of our partner schools a semester in Ecuador will not cost you more than what you are currently paying for school!

Our Story

This International Semester opportunity really started out as a dream - a tiny seed - a message and prompting from God - to DO SOMETHING for college students. To give them an opportunity to come down and see what God is doing in Ecuador. To get involved in the Global Kingdom while they are still in the midst of thier college experience. It is still a work in progess, but we are thrilled with how God is using this life-changing program.

It started out as a conversation between Phil Payne and a young college student who was down serving in our ministry. The Paynes showed up in Ecuador in 1999 to go to work with an organization called International Teams; specifically an organization that was focused on youth ministry and impacting young people and families throughout South America. We were (and still are) training youth workers in the local church, working with street kids, establishing and helping run a 350-acre camp, hosting short term mission teams, working with international students living in Quito, AND running an Intern program for North American college-aged students.  

Back to the conversation -This young student said to Phil, "I love being down here in Ecuador. I love all that God is teaching me. I just wish it somehow connected to my college work. I wish I could somehow get CREDIT for doing missions and ministry!" THAT was a God moment. One of those moments where God radically and powerfully speaks, nudges or shouts: "DO SOMETHING about that. This is FROM ME. To you. Do something."

Phil returned to his office and spent the next couple of hours with a yellow pad of paper writing and dreaming, doodling, brainstorming and asking: WHAT IF?

What if we took our existing intern program and added an ACADEMIC component to it? What if we added missions and ministry to a semester abroad model? What if college students could come down for a semester (or longer) and this program fit into what they were studying at their college or university? What if they could use their financial aid to pay for it? What if God used this program to raise up godly college-aged students who would impact the world? What if we had an amazing staff of professors and deans and RAs who poured into the lives of college students for the Kingdom? What if students could live in Ecuadorian homes? What if students could grapple with language and culture and Kingdom? What if they could serve in a practical internship?

And that is what we have done. We started, and college students started showing up. We continue to do that today. We have more and more students every semester. We have more and more schools getting on board with us every semester.     

We have added more classes, more ministry, and more missions. We have added to our staff and the program.

God is using this incredible opportunity to challenge college students to live intentionally, to grow in their faith and walk with Christ, and ultimately to impact the nations.