• Ecuador
    • Quito
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
You will need to check with your college or university for exact costs. However, in most cases, if you are a student at one of our partner schools a semester in Ecuador will not cost you more than what you are currently paying for school!
Cost Includes: Trip to the Galápagos Islands, Trip to the Amazon Jungle, Homestay with an Ecuadorian Family, Cultural Experiences, All In-Country Food during program events (about 50%), Lodging, and Transportation, Internship Experience (for credit option)
Does Not Include: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Immunization, Personal expenses like shopping, personal needs or personal travel.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Meals SIM cards Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Visa
Mar 24, 2023
May 24, 2023
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About Program

Based in Quito, Ecudor, this semester program offers students the opportunity to experience a variety of new cultures, gain a global perspective, and participate in the joys and challenges of serving God in a cross-cultural setting. Students will earn college credit, and intern in a field related to their studies. During the semester you'll live in Christian community, participate in homestays for four weeks, engage in a local internship or service learning project, and go on many amazing excursions, including to the Amazon Jungle and the Galapagos Islands.

Our program is designed for students to engage in the culture and community. This is done through local internships, shopping and making meals together, weekly chapel, and abstaining from alcohol in order to show respect for the primarily catholic culture, all this is to create an environment that focuses on personal well-being & development.

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Program Highlights

  • Christian Community
  • 12-18 college credit courses
  • One Month Homestay
  • Discipline-specific internship
  • Excursions to the Amazon Jungle, Galápagos Islands, and more.

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Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.3
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 4.8
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L&LI Ecuador - Fall Semester

I’m so glad I chose to study abroad with Living and Learning International. I was able to be a part of a great community while exploring a new country. The staff was so supportive and I was able to grow in my cultural awareness as well as spiritually because of them. I had such a fun experience and am glad I was able to experience it with the people I did. I was given opportunities to step out of my comfort zone and do things I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do. I am changed for the better because of this experience and would definitely recommend it to those looking to study abroad.

  • Language immersion
  • Weekend excursions
  • Great community + staff
  • Possible culture shock
  • Busy schedule
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Living and Learning Ecuador

The staff members were incredibly encouraging, supportive, and caring. They gave us their undivided attention, and listened attentively to our struggles and needs. It is a small community in which everyone knows everyone and grows together. Leaving home can bring trials, but it is worth it. Students should be prepared to cook their own meals or pay to eat out. This program suits all kinds of students, especially those who wish to experience other cultures, travel internationally, or learn a new language.

  • Developing cultural sensitivity and awareness
  • Langauge immersion
  • Tight-knit community abroad of like-minded people
  • Potential homesickness
  • Leaving and re-entering friend groups
  • Potential illness due to exposure to new foods
2 people found this review helpful.
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My semester in Ecuador let me have adventure, fun, friendships, and spiritual growth all in four months. I would recommend Living and Learning to anyone considering studying abroad because they organize most events, guide you in culture, and support you fully while you adjust during your semester. I will never get an experience like I did in Ecuador. For me my semester came out cheaper than my traditional on campus tuition. My time in Ecuador was full of traveling and experience Ching the cultural the best I could. I would go back if I could!

  • Experience culture in a group setting
  • Learn Spanish
  • Fund community
  • You won’t want to go home
  • You still have to complete school assignments
2 people found this review helpful.
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Living and Learning International

I really loved going to this program because it was really taught me how to live in a community of people and share life together! The people were amazing with in depth conversations. The program pushed for students to get out of their comfort zone. It stretched you in a different way that you could not imagine. The people are so kind and caring and priorities their faith which was very refreshing. Living and going to school with the same group of people allow one to understand how to love and accept people were they are at and that was something I was not expecting that the program provided

  • Learning about different cultures
  • Meeting new people
  • Learning Spanish
  • miss communication
  • Too busy of a schedule
2 people found this review helpful.
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Living and Learning Quito, Ecuador

This program gives you the unique experience of being able to travel to Ecuador, build community, and do so many fun activities while you're there. Places that I never thought I would go to like Machu Picchu and the Galapagos were a highlight but more than that was the community. Living and Learning does such a good job of fostering a rich Christian community so be prepared to be challenged spiritually and emotionally by those around you. But also prepare to be met by a super-loving community that will embrace you fully as you are.

  • Getting fully immersed in another culture
  • Building strong Christian Community
  • Getting to travel in South America
  • Possible culture stress or shock (but they prepare you for this)
3 people found this review helpful.
Cusco, Peru
Yes, I recommend this program

Loving Living & Learning

My time studying abroad with Living & Learning changed my life in many ways! It has been a difficult time in college with the social issues of the day and living through a pandemic, so this time abroad in loving community where I grew academically, socially, and spiritually was so healing. Not only was this a deeply transformational experience, but it was also so fun! We had the opportunity to zipline, go to the jungle, hike on mountains, canyon down waterfalls, explore Quito via taxi and trolly, learn to salsa, try delicacies, live with an Ecuadorian family for a month, swim on the beautiful beaches of Esmeraldas and so much more! The people of this program and this country are marked by the virtue of hospitality, and I highly recommend you stop reading my review and just go see for yourself :)

  • Great academic assistance and flexibility; focus on quality and comprehension.
  • Great balance between academics, trips, and free time.
  • Stupendous staff that are receptive and proactive with any feedback you give them.
6 people found this review helpful.
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Quito, Ecuador Semester Abroad

I cannot recommend this program enough! I had such a great experience studying abroad in Quito! I was able to grow so much and was both challenged and supported by staff members who encouraged me in my faith and stood by my side as I experienced many new things. I was able to gain confidence in my Spanish-speaking ability through my classes and communicating with my home-stay family while learning a lot about Ecuadorian culture. One of the highlights for me was being able to intern at a nonprofit organization called End Slavery Ministries Ecuador (ESME). It was such a great way for me to get some practical job experience while experiencing culture in a very unique way. I got to see how nonprofits work in different countries, learn about what life is like as a missionary, and develop deep relationships with the staff members and residents at ESME. The weekend and week-long excursions were another highlight! You get to do once in a lifetime activities like repelling down waterfalls, scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands, going to the Amazon river, going to chocolate farms, and more!! I made memories and friendships that I will treasure forever!

  • Internship experience (to put on your resume!)
  • Pre-planned travel excursions
  • Native Ecuadorian Spanish professors
5 people found this review helpful.
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Living and Learning International Ecuador

I absolutely loved my time in Quito, Ecuador with Living and Learning International. The community building aspect was one of my favorite parts of the semester. The intentionality of staff to support students and help us grow during our time there was so important. Through this experience I grew more confident in my conversational and directional Spanish. The opportunities for exploring and adventure were amazing. Through this program I summitted my first mountain, a 15er located West of Quito overlooking the city. The trips to the Galapagos and Peru at the end of the semester were so well planned. Staff was experienced in planning and orchestrating our groups in seeing what was most interesting. The balance between structure and freedom was great, we were independent without needing to be entirely on our own. My time at my internship was so helpful in forming future career plans. Working cross culturally was such a beneficial experience and learning communication methods for effectively working cross culturally was one of the biggest skills I left Ecuador with.

  • Supportive staff
  • Great internship placement
  • Great location
4 people found this review helpful.

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