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  • Locations: Guayaquil, Ecuador; Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: IPSL: Study Abroad + Service-Learning 
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
 Community - Based Health & Coastal Ecology and Development

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Sustainable Service through the IPSL Service-Learning Plus Program!
IPSL students have an exclusive opportunity to work and live with a local coastal community and serve alongside the villagers to help create sustainable change. For a week at the end of each semester, IPSL service-learning students live in a sustainable eco-lodge learning about the issues this small Ecuadorian community are challenged with. Working closely with a local National Park located next to the village, IPSL students have an opportunity to contribute to the preservation of Ecuador's extensive Marine biodiversity. Students can volunteer with the Geobotanical Reserves helping to identify and catalog native birds, butterflies, plants and medicinal plants. National Park biologists and IPSL students can work together on marine projects with sea turtles and other marine life. Helping the community in their agricultural development with an emphasis on organic farming and agricultural products is another area of service. The local elementary school also welcomes IPSL students to work with young children teaching English and teaching them about their natural environment.
IPSL students return each semester to the coastal village to help further the goals of the community and engage in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice and sustainable change for local communities.

Experience Ecuador like a local…not a tourist
 Deeper, More Meaningful Study Abroad
Ecuador spans the equator on the northwest coast of South America. With its cultural diversity and wide range of environments—the Galapagos Islands, the coastal areas of the Pacific, the Andes mountain range, and the headwaters of the Amazon—Ecuador provides an ideal location for you to live in and learn about South America, encountering directly the issues and concerns of this great southern continent. In Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and gateway to the Galapagos, you will enjoy a tropical climate with varied and abundant flora and fauna and a newly revitalized waterfront, or "Malecon." You will also encounter dramatic contrasts of wealth and poverty, and the social issues generated through that disparity.
The IPSL Guayaquil Ecuador program gives students the chance to greatly improve their Spanish language skills with their integrative and unique style. Students study Ecuadorian history, culture and society, live with an Ecuadorian family and volunteer weekly (15–20 hours per week) in an Ecuadorian community agency. Not only does your volunteer service immerse students in the culture, it also deepens their understanding of Ecuadorian society in a way that goes beyond that experienced in traditional study abroad programs. 

Program Highlights
Language of Instruction: Spanish and/or English
Affiliated Institution:Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo (UEES)
Transcripts issued by the IPSL Institute for Global Learning and UEES

Courses & Credits – Semester
Students may take up to 18 credits (6 credits for summer program)
Courses are 3 credits each except for Spanish Language (3-6 credits)

Required Courses
Spanish Language
Institutions in Ecuadorian Society (IPSL Service-Learning™ Course)
Intro to COSA (Community Organizing & Social Activism)

Possible Electives
Electives may vary depending on term and, as with all institutions, may not be offered due to low enrollment and other factors. Additionally, not all choices may be available as there may be a scheduling conflict between the required courses, your service obligations and your electives. It is best to choose additional electives from the list and get approval from your home school in advance.
History of Ecuadorian Culture
Corporate Social Responsibility
Intercultural Communication
Organizational Behavior
Cultural Factors in International Business
Ecuadorian Socioeconomics

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Service Opportunities
Opportunities for substansive service (approximately 15-20 hours per week) are generally available in the following areas:
Teaching English as a Second Language
Health care: medical and dental clinics
Health education
Tutoring and recreation for children and teens
Community and economic development
Ecological preservation
Eco-tourism and sustainable microbusiness

You will live in a homestay with a middle-class Ecuadorian family, who provide most of your meals and introduce you to Ecuadorian family life. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, reinforce language skills, and experience the culture from "the inside." Host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students.
During the Service-Learning Plus extension, students live at a rustic eco-tourist lodge in an Ecuadorian coastal village.

The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550. Academic studies are taught in Spanish and/or English. (See individual course descriptions.) Minimum Spanish prerequisite: 2 years of secondary school Spanish or 1 year of college/university Spanish, or the equivalent.

What's Included?
Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; homestay housing and three meals per day, seven days per week; service placement and supervision; health insurance; academic excursions. Transportation, room and board, service placement and supervision for the Service-Learning PLUS week.

What's typically NOT Included? 
Passport, visa and vaccine fees; airfare; books; spending money; local personal transportation; local cell phone and independent travel.

IPSL is a registered Social Benefit Corporation that is committed to its mission and dedicated to promoting an ethic of service. We invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where we serve.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.