Exploring Ecuador: People, Land, & Water from the Amazon to the Galapagos

Exploring Ecuador: People, Land, & Water from the Amazon to the Galapagos — About

About Exploring Ecuador: People, Land, & Water from the Amazon to the Galapagos

Program Overview

This program takes you all around Ecuador to experience the richness in the people, biodiversity and natural resources. Come explore how agriculture, lumber harvesting and mining (just like in Minnesota) are impacting Ecuador’s peoples, lands and waters. Explore the abundant water, flora and fauna of the majestic mountains, rich valley farmlands, and lush tropical forests. You will explore sustainability and restoration projects throughout Ecuador’s mainland and the Galapagos Islands. This interdisciplinary course offer students of all disciplines an opportunity to explore water resource management and indigenous (Quichua) culture—a great opportunity for scientifically and culturally oriented students to interact with each other and the people of Ecuador..

Program Dates

December 26, 2018–January 15, 2019. 

Application Deadline

October 1, 2018

Course Description

CFAN 3507 

This program fulfills the following Liberal Education requirements: Global Perspectives & Environment.

The multidisciplinary course introduces you to issues pertaining to the social and natural sciences. Course content will focus on the following:

Program Leader

Mark Bellcourt works in the CFANS Office of Diversity and Inclusion and is an academic adviser in the College of Education and Human Development. His interests include indigenous cultures, environmental issues, and land use.


Excursions include; Mitad del Mundo, or the Center of the World, (where the equator runs through) Island hopping through the Galapagos Islands, Pambilino Forest Reserve, an educational rain forest conservation site, Cotopaxi volcano, and a Quichua home stay in San Clemente.

Housing & Meals

You will stay at hotels and also will enjoy a brief host family stay. Most meals are included within the program however you should plan for about 12 meals on your own.

Program Fee

The program fee is $7,215 includes instruction and three credits, airfare (both to and from Ecuador as well as the Galapagos) and in-country transportation, program administration, health insurance, lodging, activities, excursions, and most meals.

View the Cost of Participation.

More Information

Contact CFANS Office of International Programs, ipglobal@umn.edu

Program Handbook