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LAS/SAO Course Abroad: Global Studies, GLBL 298: Education & Development in Andean Ecuador (summer)
Lumbisi, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
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Language Requirement:
Host Family
Illinois Sponsor:
LAS, Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:
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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Study Abroad Office present
a Spring/Summer Faculty-Led Program:

Global Studies 298: Education and Development in Andean Ecuador
Lumbisi, Ecuador

On Campus Class Meetings: Second 8 weeks of Spring 2015 term; Mondays 5-7:30pm in 209 Huff Hall
Program Dates Abroad: June 28 - August 8, 2015
Application Deadline: March 1, 2015


“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.

GLBL Ecuador

Course Description

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 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
Group Flight: As part of the Program Fee, the Study Abroad Office will organize a group flight for this course, as long as there are more than 10 participants.  All group flights will be departing from and arriving at Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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Program Academics & Eligibility

Application Requirements:  UIUC undergrads 
Language of Instruction: English

*While there are no formal pre-requisites for this program, you should have at least some basic Spanish knowledge.  Talk with Professor Grim-Feinberg 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.

“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.

*Program dates and fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

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.

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Program Fees

If the Study Abroad Office nominates or accepts you to the study abroad program you have applied for, the Study Abroad Office will bill your Illinois student account a non-refundable $305 advance fee.  This fee will be deducted from the final cost of your program fees; however, please note that this fee is not refundable should you decide to withdraw from the study abroad program.
2015 ESTIMATED PROGRAM FEE: $3,590 - $4,230
*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: Round-trip airfare Chicago-Quito, housing, most meals, program excursions, and international insurance
Program Fee Does NOT Include: Books (est. $25), optional cell phone rental ($50) and personal expenses (est. $500)
2015 TOTAL including off-budget expenses and program fee: $4,165 - $4,805
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Scholarship Opportunities

LAS Faculty-Led Course Abroad Scholarship:
All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences receive a scholarship toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.

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

The University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Scholarship Program is now offering TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS for University of Illinois undergraduates.  The Fred S. Bailey International Travel Scholarship program will fund up to 75% of the total cost of international travel with a service component.  Awards range from $600–$1800.
Application Deadline: April 15.

Thulin Field Work Experience Scholarship
The LAS Global Studies Thulin Scholarship Fund supports the pursuit of academically-grounded field work experiences abroad, including internships, research, and service learning opportunities, among Global Studies students.
Application Deadline: March 13.

Gilman Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.
Application Deadline: March 3

ACES Study Abroad Scholarship
Application Deadline: rolling -- apply by May 15 at the latest

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Contact Information

For any questions you may have or for more detailed information on the program, please contact the faculty leader, Prof. Kate Grim-Feinberg or Stacy Billman in the Study Abroad Office (SAO).  The SAO is located at:
910 S. Fifth Street
124 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:45pm.  We are closed on holidays. 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/01/2015
03/02/2015 06/28/2015 08/08/2015
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 02/15/2016 TBA TBA

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