HECUA offers students the chance to study abroad next J-Term in Ecuador with the Social and Political Transformation program. Students in this program will examine the socioeconomic issues taking place in Ecuador today from the growing inequality and increased number of social movements. More specific topics will involve gender studies, rights of the indigenous population, the management of Ecuador's natural resources, and the new constitution of Ecuador. Comparisons will be made between other Latin American countries as well.
The entire program will be taught in English, and no prior Spanish is needed to sign up. Students will stay in Ecuadorian home-stays with local host-families that have at least one member of the family that can speak English. At various points of the trip, such as field visits or guest lectures, a translator will be present if needed. Roundtrip airfare is included in the program cost, along with accommodations, meals and excursions.
- Two field visits: to the Amazon and to a rural, Andean community
- Small cohort