Programs : Brochure
In 2008, Ecuadorians voted in a referendum to adopt a new constitution. Progressives were thrilled by the document, and the accompanying promises of then-president Correa. This enthusiasm has waned, and HECUA's Community Internships in Latin America program examines why. CILA students analyze the ideals embodied in the Constitution of 2008 and the challenges the country has faced in applying those ambitious goals.
Based in Quito, the CILA program weaves together a project-based internship, coursework focused on the promise and perils of development, and field visits ranging from the Andes to the Amazon river basin. When not in the field, students live with a host family in Quito, Ecuador's historic capital city. In the third week of class students begin internships at a diverse range of community organizations. Past sites include: an organic farm (Granja Integral Pachamama), a media hub (El Churo Comunicación), and a women's safe house (Casa Mathilde). Students end the semester with significantly improved Spanish, a deep understanding of models of community participation with a focus on indigenous perspectives, and a firsthand view of the effects of oil politics and globalization on Ecuador's environment and economy. Click here to read more about CILA!
A home stay is combined with a 20 hour per week hands-on field placement (past examples include youth centers, media organizations, and an urban farm), field visits, and an independent study opportunity designed to meet individual students' learning goals. A field seminar involving local experts and activists provides an intensive immersion into Latin American daily life and culture. Students will also participate in field excursions to the Amazon Rainforest and visit indigenous communities.
Please consult the HECUA website for up-to-date pricing.
Group transportation to field sites, planned group excursions, lodging, meals, local transportation, medical insurance, and administrative costs.
Undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions who have completed their first year of college.
HECUA provides up to three Scholarships for Community Engagement, Scholarships for Social Justice, and Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2021||10/01/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Fall Semester||2021||03/01/2021 **||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.