Ecuador Fall or Spring Semester

This semester abroad opportunity is based in Quito, the nation's capital. Quito, Ecuador has amazing weather and is famous for its eternal springtime conditions. The city offers rich history, architecture, friendly people and safe living conditions in which to grow and learn. Living and Learning International in Quito is part of a 25-year-old organization called Youth World. We offer an amazing mixture of adventure, academic excellence, culture, practical experience, language, mission, and integrated living as you participate in this semester abroad program.

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Program calendars

These schedules will help you get all of your details in order and plans in place.

Aug 18, 2020
Semester Begins

Arrival date and the start of orientation week. Students can purchase their airfare to arrive at any time on August 18, 2020.

Aug 24, 2020
First Day of Classes

First Day of classes

Aug 31, 2020
Internships Begin

First day of internships

Sep 19, 2020
Homestays Begin

Students will move out of their apartment and into a homestay with an Ecuadorian family

Sep 30, 2020
Depart for Amazon Jungle

Students and staff depart for ministry site in Amazon jungle - In the jungle for 5 days

Oct 17, 2020
Homestays End

Students move back in to Living and Learning apartments

Nov 2, 2020
Visitor Week - Family and/or Friends

If family or friends desire to visit during the semester, the Visit Week includes a few (optional) planned activities each day that will help your visitors see different parts of Quito and Living and Learning. **Please note: Though we desire for you to have quality time with your visitors, students are still required to attend all classes, internships, and meetings as scheduled. Visitor Week is scheduled for November 2 - 8, 2020.

Nov 20, 2020
Last Day of Classes

Last Day of Classes

Nov 21, 2020
Galapagos and Machu Picchu Depature

Cohort #1 departs for the Galapagos Islands, cohort #2 departs for Machu Picchu

Nov 28, 2020
Machu Picchu and Galapagos Departure

Cohort #1 departs for Machu Picchu and cohort #2 departs for the Galapagos Islands

Dec 5, 2020
Debrief at the Beach

Cohorts #1 and #2 come together on the coast of Ecuador for final debrief on the beach.

Dec 9, 2020
Final Banquet

Final Banquet in Quito

Dec 11, 2020
Semester Ends

Departure Date

Jan 12, 2021
Semester Begins

Arrival date and the start of orientation week. Students can purchase their airfare to arrive at any time on January 12, 2021.

Jan 18, 2021
First Day of Classes

First day of classes

Jan 25, 2021
Internships Begin

First day of internships

Feb 13, 2021
Homestays Begin

Students will move out of their apartment and into a homestay with an Ecuadorian family

Feb 24, 2021
Depart for Amazon Jungle

Students and staff depart for ministry site in Amazon jungle - In the jungle for 5 days

Mar 12, 2021
Homestays End

Students move back in to Living and Learning apartments

Mar 29, 2021
Family and Friends Visit Week

If family or friends desire to visit during the semester, the Visit Week includes a few (optional) planned activities each day that will help your visitors see different parts of Quito and Living and Learning. **Please note: Though we desire for you to have quality time with your visitors, students are still required to attend all classes, internships, and meetings as scheduled. Visitor Week is scheduled for March 29 - April 2

Apr 16, 2021
Last Day of Classes

Last day of Finals Week. Academics are done for the semester.

Apr 17, 2021
Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu Departure

Cohort #1 departs for the Galapagos Islands, cohort #2 departs for Machu Picchu

Apr 24, 2021
Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands Departure

Cohort #1 departs for Machu Picchu and cohort #2 departs for the Galapagos Islands

May 1, 2021
Debrief at the Beach

Cohorts #1 and #2 come together on the coast of Ecuador for final debrief on the beach.

May 5, 2021
Final Banquet

Final Banquet in Quito

May 7, 2021
Semester Ends

Departure Date. When purchasing airfare, your departure from Quito should be for any time on May 7, 2021.

Aug 17, 2021
Semester Begins

Arrival date and the start of orientation week. Students can purchase their airfare to arrive at any time on August 17, 2021.

Dec 10, 2021
Semester Ends

Departure Date. When purchasing airfare, your departure from Quito should be for any time on December 10, 2021.

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WHY ECUADOR?

Living and Learning International in Quito, Ecuador is a study abroad program available to students who desire to continue their college education in an international setting. L&LI 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. Along with  receiving up to 18 units of college credit (must be approved by your academic institution), students will live, learn, and grow academically, experientially, and spiritually.

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An Experience Like No Other

Study abroad with us and you'll be immersed in culture, ministry, and learning. And we'll take you to some world class destinations.

  • Experiential Learning

  • Internships and Service

  • Mission and Ministry

  • Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu

  • Cultural Activities

  • Home Stays with Local Families

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Quito, ECUADOR Courses:
Fall and Spring Semester

Spanish
3-12 UNITS

Each participant will be enrolled in Spanish Language Classes during their time in Quito. After introductory testing, each student will be placed in classes that reflect their appropriate level of learning. U.S. college credit will be earned for these courses. Students come to Ecuador with varying degrees of fluency in Spanish. Consequently, after initial placement testing, students are placed in classes that will correspond to their level of proficiency. Courses will introduce the students to the sounds and structure of the Spanish language through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Courses will provide the basis to understand and communicate Spanish effectively. Spanish Courses Offered: 101, 102, 201, 250, 310, 320, 400

Ecuador 250/350: History, Art & Culture
1 Unit or 3 UNITS

This course provides an overview of the history, art, and culture of Ecuador, along with the relationship between various factors. The course includes guest speakers from local organizations and visits to community groups, along with lectures and readings. The one unit seminar is required for all students. Completing the course for three units is elective.

Community Development 100 & Internship/Service-Learning
1-3 UNITS

An integrative cross-cultural experience designed to help the student understand and form his or her Christian worldview, cross-cultural engagement, and understanding of diverse social and cultural contexts. A 1-hour per week course requires the attendance of all students. The goal and emphasis of this course are to provide students with a set of tools to utilize in interacting with people in work, community, or educational settings. Community development interventions in this course are understood as activities to facilitate, strengthen, and improve less-advantaged communities, empower residents to define and participate in the development process, and interact in larger social, political, and economic systems on behalf of the community. As part of this course, all students complete a local internship. This course can be taken for one or three credits. Students may request to take the course for more units if needed but must receive approval from L&LI.

Christian Spiritual Formation 320
3 UNITS

This course will examine the dynamics of personal development in student's lives, focusing on spiritual growth. Biblical principles that govern the character and conduct of Christians will be addressed. Students will employ analytical tools and reflection skills to develop a greater self-awareness. From this foundation they will explore the process of spiritual formation and establish an initial life-plan for the regular practice of spiritual disciplines.

Worldview and World Religions 340
3 UNITS

The goal of this course is to understand the nature of a worldview and the function of faith and reason in developing a worldview. To define and analyze eight basic worldviews (Christian theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism, existentialism, Eastern pantheism, New Age spirituality and postmodernism). To explore and critique six major world religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Taoism & Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. To offer an internal critique of each worldview and an evaluation from the standpoint of historic Christianity.

Intercultural Communications 300
3 UNITS

This course is designed to examine the principles and practices of communicating from one culture to another. Focus for the course lies in differing perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expressions, language expression and subgroups within a culture as they relate to the media and the message. Furthermore, students will have opportunity to discuss strategies for practical application that will address these issues and integrate Christian values.

Biological Principles 100 & Lab
3 UNITS + 1 UNIT LAB

Introductory course designed to provide a broad survey of biological principles and is primarily designed to provide meaningful and adequate exposure to biology for the non-science major. It will also help to prepare students for further study in the biological sciences. Because Ecuador is rich in biodiversity, it is an ideal place to survey biological principles. These principles will include the nature of science, discussion of origins, ecology, cell biology, genetics, zoology and human anatomy, as well as an overview of their effects on daily life. While there is no laboratory class required for this course, a hands-on lab component and field experience will be included.

Old Testament Survey 110
3 UNITS

An introduction to the authorship and contents of the Old Testament books. Special attention will be given to important persons, places and events, as well as to key chapters in the Old Testament revelation, with special emphasis on developing an informed process of biblical interpretation.

Social Entrepreneurship & Leadership 360
3 Units

Social Entrepreneurship is an emerging and rapidly changing business field that examines the practice of identifying, starting, and growing successful mission-driven for-profit or nonprofit ventures, that is, organizations that strive to advance social change through innovative solutions. This course is designed to provide a socially relevant academic experience in order to help students gain in-depth insights into economic and social value creation across sectors including social justice, poverty alleviation, energy, health, and sustainability. Through case studies, lectures, and classroom dialogue, students will learn to think strategically and act opportunistically with a socially-conscious business mindset. Topics will include problem/opportunity assessment, acquiring the necessary resources to grow a social enterprise, including leadership and management styles, and the tradeoffs between social and financial returns on investment. Students will also gain exposure to various social organizational models that are making tangible and potentially scalable progress in serving the poor.

Grading and Evaluation Process
PARTICIPATION, WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, & EXAMS

Evaluation of your work is based on many factors. These include but are not limited to: participation, written assignments, and examinations. A "C" grade indicates adequate performance, a "B" grade indicates good, competent and complete work, and an "A" grade indicates creative excellence that is integrative and exceeds requirements.

Notes of course offerings:
Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units to be considered full-time.

Required courses include 1) At least one Spanish class, 2) Ecuador History, Art, and Culture for a minimum of one unit, and 3) Community Development 100 & Internship/Service-Learning for a minimum of one unit.

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What does it cost?

Depending on the program 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!

Cost Includes: 

  • 12-18 semester credits
  • All Lodging and Transportation during program events
  • All meals during program events (about 50% of meals during semester)
  • Excursion to the Galapagos
  • Excursion to Peru and Machu Picchu
  • Mission Trip to the Amazon Jungle
  • Final Debrief Trip to the Coast of Ecuador
  • Homestay with an Ecuadorian Family
  • Cultural Experiences and Student Activities
  • Internship Experience (for credit option)
  • Visa
  • International Travel Insurance (not primary medical insurance)

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Passport
  • Immunization
  • Meals when not with program (about 50%)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, personal needs or personal travel.

If you are not currently enrolled in a college or university and would still like to attend, contact us.