BCA Study Abroad


About BCA Study Abroad

Year Founded: 1962

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BCA Study Abroad in Brussels, Belgium

Belgium : Brussels

In Brussels, the NGO capital of the world, you'll live with a host family and have the opportunity to explore one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities while sampling elegant...

BCA Study Abroad in Marburg, Germany

Germany : Marburg

Located in the wooded Lahn River valley in the state of Hesse, Marburg is picture-postcard gorgeous. Marburg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany; its

BCA Study Abroad in Xalapa, Mexico

Mexico : Xalapa

Nestled in the foothills of an extinct volcano at an altitude of over 4,000 feet, Xalapa is located in the Sierra Madre mountains in Southern Mexico. Known as the City of...

BCA Study Abroad in Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

The capital of Ecuador, Quito (full name San Francisco de Quito) lies at 9,000 feet above sea level in a high valley at the base of Mount Pichincha. With a climate referred...

BCA Study Abroad in Dalian, China

China : Dalian

Situated at the southern tip of the Liaodong Peninsula, Dalian is the largest port in Northeastern China and is well-known in China as a summer resort. Surrounded by the

BCA Study Abroad in Cheltenham, England

England : Cheltenham

Cheltenham is an attractive and peaceful town of 110,000 inhabitants, situated in the county of Gloucestershire, in the picturesque Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural...

BCA Study Abroad in Athens, Greece

Greece : Athinai (Athens)

The capital and largest city in Greece, Athens is a modern metropolis with a rich history that spans more than 3,000 years. Blending old and new, modern Athens is rapidly...

BCA Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is set on the Mediterranean coast within easy reach of the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees Mountains. Founded in 203 B.C., the city has

BCA Study Abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand

New Zealand : Dunedin

Surrounded by white sand beaches, forest-clad hills, and volcanic formations, Dunedin has a distinctly Scottish flavor and is often referred to as the "Edinburgh of the South"...

BCA Study Abroad in Vienna, Austria

Austria : Vienna

BCA summer students get a taste of living abroad and earn credits while enjoying the pleasures of summer in exciting destinations. Lasting between two and four weeks, BCA's...

BCA Study Abroad in Tetouan, Morocco

Morocco : Tetouan

BCA summer students get a taste of living abroad and earn credits while enjoying the pleasures of summer in exciting destinations. Lasting between two and four weeks, BCA's...

BCA Study Abroad in Valladolid, Spain

Spain : Valladolid

Experience the Spanish lifestyle through studying abroad in Valladolid, Spain. BCA offers spring and fall study abroad courses at Universitas Castellae. The former capital...

BCA Study Abroad in Chennai, India

India : Chennai (Madras)

Study in the fourth largest city in India, Chennai with BCA Study Abroad! Students will enroll in Madras Christian College (MCC) and have the opportunity to choose a variety...

BCA Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland

-Multi-Country Locations : Ireland, Northern Ireland

Participate in BCA Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Students will take BCA Signature Course Understanding Conflict: The Irish Experience. Aside from this required course,...

BCA Summer Study Abroad in Valladolid, Spain

Spain : Valladolid

BCA offers five study abroad courses at the Universitas Castellae in Valladolid, Spain every summer. The city is located just a few hours of Madrid and other important cities...

Staff Interviews

  • Martha Perez - Assistant Director & Volunteer Coordinator

    Martha Perez - Assistant Director & Volunteer Coordinator

    Martha Perez grew up with BCA Study Abroad, since her parents founded the program in Quito. She began her work with the program after working as a landlady for seven years, quite the professional change and one she doesn’t regret! Now, she enjoys her work as Assistant Director and Volunteer Coordinator for BCA Study Abroad in Quito, especially because she gets to help so many students.

    What is the day-to-day routine of the BCA Study Abroad Volunteer Coordinator?


Martha Perez in office at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador

    Martha in her office at Universidad San Francisco de Quito

    At the beginning of the semester it’s always a little hectic with the students. There is always more than we think. This week, I’m helping students become volunteers in different regions in Quito. But, normally our day-to-day in the office is students coming in if they have doubts or concerns with their classes, professors, or have to make corrections on their homework, and we help them with that. We are open to concerns with transportation, host families, or friends. We are here for the students.

    We have a schedule, we’re not here all day, but we are on a schedule in which we can help our students.

    What did you study in college and what did you do to become Assistant Director?

    First, I love my work. I love it because I am happy when I’m helping students. I feel I am fulfilled when I’m helping and motivating students to have wonderful experiences.

    I studied the complete opposite of what I should have studied to get this position. I actually studied Accounting. I’m working in this program because my parents were the BCA Study Abroad program founders in Quito. I grew up with this program!

    I came to this program when my father was diagnosed with Alzheimers and he asked for my help. So, I came and stayed. Now, it has been nine years. Before, I worked as a landlady of a building for seven years.

    University students on campus in Quito

    Students hanging out while waiting for their class to resume in Quito

    Why do you think students choose your program in Quito?

    I think the reason is that the students that were here carry their experience with them. They may tell others that the program is very good and very organized, that there’s a great intercultural experience, and the program provides them what they need. I believe the students refer others to our program.

    What advice do you have for future students who want to study abroad in Quito, Ecuador?

    Quito is still a safe city. There are some issues with safety like in every country, but I believe that Quito is still safe where one can live and enjoy the local food and land, friends, host families, and university. We say, it’s our connection. We tell students to come and get to know different regions in Ecuador. Above all, we host gatherings to reflect on topics two or three times a month, to talk about the economy, professions, food, etc.