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Summer Serve and Learn Spanish in Ecuador

Program Duration

2-4 Week, 5-8 Week


Summer, Throughout the year


May 27 - June 26 / July 1 - July 29


This short-term study abroad program combines intensive Spanish language instruction, travel and intercultural learning with service placements in community-based organizations in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The Serve and Learn Programs are 4 weeks in length, during the months of June and July.

Intern Types

  • Animal Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Food Science & Nutrition
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Tourism


  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

USD 2,900

Cost Includes:

  • Excursions
  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Language instruction
  • Registration fees
  • Travel while in host country
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

- Orientation Tour: 4 days of travel beginning in capital city Quito, and including the famous Otavalo crafts market, visits to Andean communities, and to the Equatorial Line.
- Field Trips: A weekend trip to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cuenca, Cajas National Park, and the Ingapirca Inca ruins; and a chance to experience the coastal ecology of Ecuador.
- Cultural Seminar: Weekly debrief and guest lecture gives students a chance to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Ecuador.
- Other: Cultural activity such as Latin dance or cooking/volunteer project.
- Homestay with an Ecuadorian family.
- Full use of the university's facilities, including sports complex, buses and doctor's surgery.
- 6 Credits of Spanish and Service Learning.

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Arts
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Childcare & Children
  • Disability Issues
  • Eco-tourism
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Medicine
  • Orphans
  • Reforestation
  • Senior Citizens
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Veterinary Science
  • Youth
  • Youth Development

Age Range

18 - 30

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Dormitory
  • Home-stays
  • Other

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Disciplinary Clearance Form
  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Letters of Reference
  • Other
  • Physical Exam/Health Records
  • Transcript
  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

45 days

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad