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LAS/SAO Faculty-Led: Global Studies, GLBL 298: Education, Development and Community Service - Limbisi Ecuador (SU)
Lumbisi, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Host Family
Illinois Sponsor:
LAS, Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:
SPECIAL NOTE: This program is undergoing revisions. Please keep checking back for new information! It will be open to applications once we have confirmed details for summer 2016.

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 2016 term; Mondays 5-7:20pm in 209 Huff Hall
Program Dates Abroad: TBD
Application Deadline
March 1, 2016

“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

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

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Program Specific Information

Program Academics & Eligibility
Total credit hours: TBD
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: 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)
2016 TOTAL including off-budget expenses and program fee: TBD


Scholarship Opportunities
LAS Faculty-Led Course Abroad Scholarship: All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will receive a scholarship toward the program cost if they are accepted to the program.

Other 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 any questions you may have or for more detailed information on the program, please contact the faculty leader (TBD) or the advisor for the program in the Illinois Abroad Office 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 and when classes are not in session.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.