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LAS Faculty-Led: Global Studies, GLBL 298: Education, Development and Community Service - Lumbisi Ecuador (SU)
Lumbisi, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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GLBL Ecuador

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Study Abroad Office present a Summer Faculty-Led Program:
Global Studies 298: Education, Development and Community Service
Lumbisi, Ecuador

On Campus Class Meetings: Second 8 weeks of Spring 2017 term
Program Dates Abroad: July 1 - August 5, 2017
Application Deadline: March 10, 2017

“I am forever grateful to Ecuador and especially the Lumbisí community for the knowledge they have shared. I hope to carry all I have learned with me throughout my life.” –Sara H.

“This experience has helped me figure out my career path. It will be a great resume builder.” –Aymber J.


Course Description

Syllabus -  
GLBL Ecuador Syllabus.pdf

See a presentation describing the course here: 



 “I’ve probably learned more about myself in this period of time than over the course of a few years.” –Jessica K. 

“I believe that we all have to be teachers of some sort in the future and it is necessary to learn the skills required to educate others effectively.” –Habibat O.

You will run a summer camp in collaboration with an Ecuadorian NGO, developing professional skills in the areas of:
  • Teaching, classroom management, and curricular design in health, arts, environment, and ESL
  • Interpreting, translation, and cross-cultural communication in Spanish and English
  • Leadership and management
Ethnographic research and critical analysis in the social sciences

Faculty Leader Bio
Dr. Barbara Hancin-Bhatt, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, provides leadership for undergraduate academic affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and has particular interest in international/global studies.  She holds appointments in Linguistics and Global Studies, and her research expertise is in second language acquisition.  Dr. Hancin-Bhatt was previously Director of Global Studies at Illinois and on the faculty at Penn State University, University of South Carolina, and University of Utah.

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Program Specific Information
How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
All of the application process can be completed online.
All faculty-led program applications require at minimum:
  • 5 short answer personal essay questions (max of 200 words each)
  • Passport photocopy OR receipt as proof of application for a new or renewed passport (passport must be valid)
  • Unofficial Illinois transcript (not required for first semester freshmen)
  • A few short questionnaires and signature documents 
*It is at the program leader’s discretion to require an interview as part of the application process.

Program Academics & Eligibility
Total credit hours: 6
Partial fulfillment for Global Studies major requirement: Global Studies Seminar.
While there are no formal pre-requisites for this program, you should have at least some basic Spanish knowledge.  Talk with the faculty leader if you are uncertain that your skills will be sufficient, or if you have no Spanish, to explore possibilities for working on this project.  Students who bring discipline-specific knowledge in certain areas, such as health and wellness or science education, may still be able to contribute significantly to the project and work with fellow students who serve as translators.

Application Requirements:  UIUC undergrads only
Language of Instruction: English

“I’m now looking forward to my future foreign endeavors and returning to Ecuador without suffering a language barrier.” –Jessica K.
“I was able to learn to effectively lead a classroom in another language.” –Rachel S.


Housing and Meals

“Throughout my stay in Ecuador, I have learned to make lemonade out of every lime that life throws at me. Things are not always going to work out as planned or how I want them to, but it is up to me to take advantage of whatever I encounter as a learning experience.” –Habibat O.

Housing: Participants will stay with a host family (usually 1 student/family) in the small semi-rural community, called Lumbisi, where we work and can walk back and forth to the school-camp each day.  Lumbisi is about 45 minutes from Quito center and about 10 minutes to more urban community where the University of San Francisco de Quito is.  Lumbisi is around 8000 feet in elevation.
Meals: Will be included with housing. Students may pay for some meals on excursions.

Free time:  Participants enjoy time with their host families, hanging out in the town's central square, catching up with friends at local internet cafes, or visiting nearby urban areas, including Quito, that have many of the free-time activities that Americans are used to.  Travel during free time is usually by public bus.  Group travels around Ecuador during the weekends to get to know diverse peoples and places that make up Ecuador.

Program Fees
If the Illinois Abroad Office nominates or accepts you to the study abroad program you have applied for, you will have 1 week to change your status of accepted to committed. If you withdraw after committing to the program, there is a non-refundable $300 withdrawal fee. Depending on when you withdraw, there could also be additional non-refundable fees. 
*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.
Program Fee Includes: Housing, most meals, program excursions, and international insurance
Program Fee Does NOT Include: International roundtrip airfare (est. $1,000), books (est. $25), optional cell phone rental ($50) and personal expenses (est. $500)
2017 TOTAL including off-budget expenses and program fee: TBD


Scholarship Opportunities
Scholarships: All UIUC undergraduates should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship.  For more information, click here.  If you are a non-LAS student, be sure to contact your college about any possible scholarship opportunities.


Contact Information
For questions or for more detailed information on the program, please contact Dean Barbara Hancin-Bhatt (

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA