Students are tested and placed in the appropriate level for Spanish language instruction: beginning, intermediate or advanced. Studies include the culture and literature of Ecuador and Latin America. You may move through one or two intensive modules (levels) during the program.
Español para Principiantes I
Facilita al estudiante extranjero la oportunidad de desarrollar sus principales destrezas en la comunicación: Leer, escribir, escuchar y hablar. De esa forma el idioma español se convierte en un instrumento valioso para estudiar y experimentar la cultura y la civilización latinoamericana, en particular, la ecuatoriana.
Español para Principiantes II
Facilita al estudiante extranjero la oportunidad de expresar emociones, sentimientos, conocimientos, dudas, conjeturas e ideas que le permiten experimentar la diversidad cultural de la civilización latinoamericana y en especial ecuatoriana. De esta forma el idioma español se convierte en una inminente necesidad, dada la convivencia hispana.
Español Nivel Intermedio I
Incremento del conocimiento adquirido en Vocabulario, Gramática Estructural para aplicarlo de forma acertada en la conversación y composición. Uso periódico de artículos, noticias e información general para práctica de lectura, vocabulario y redacción.
Español Nivel Intermedio II
Practica de los elementos para la construcción de ideas en narraciones, descripciones y artículos de prensa. Leer artículos seleccionados y de interés común. Expresar opiniones y sustentarlas. Enfasis en la comunicación a través de ejercicios de debates de ideas contrarias.
Español Avanzado I
Facilita al estudiante extranjero la oportunidad de desarrollar sus principales destrezas en la comunicación: Leer, escribir, hablar y escuchar. De esta forma, l idioma se convierte en un instrumento valioso para estudiar y experimentar la cultura y civilización latinoamericana, en particular, la ecuatoriana.
Español Avanzado II
Examinar el proceso de la comunicación verbal desde el punto de vista del emisor del mensaje oral o escrito. Leer artículos de Prensa para dentificar tema, estilo y adecuación. Expresar opiniones y sustentarlas.
Proyectos Especiales en Español
El estudio de temas especiales de acuerdo a los intereses o necesidades de los alumnos que tengan que complementar sus requisitos de graduación en sus universidades de origen.
Lecturas Generales en Español
Curso que integra los conocimientos de las estructura del español. Los contenidos tienen temas de poesía, prosa,drama, teatro de diferentes autores ecuatorianos y latinoamericanos. Análisis crítico de los textos e incremento del dominio de la sintaxis. Este curso se incrementa en contenidos de acuerdo a las necesidades de los alumnos.
Contact Hours: 45 -90
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3 - 6
Examines the ways social institutions relate to and reflect the larger society. Specific issues explored include: culture and development; oil and rights; religion and politics; religion and revolution; development and self-respect; community participation in development; politics and insurrection; gender and fashion; literature and politics; and class structure. Taught in English, but using as much Spanish as the class understands.
This is an essential class to monitor the students’ learning process during the service part of the program. It allows students to reflect, research, and elaborate on the learning processes that they are engaged in through their experiential learning. Students will be able to compare and contrast theories with and the realities they are exposed to every day.
Institutions in Society brings the students' attention to the latest articles and findings in the area of community development in Ecuador and in the countries of the region. Their service component will be taken under consideration for evaluation and grading for this class. Students keep weekly journals that the mentor will comment on, and write a final paper, “Profile of the Agency,” which will include a section of recommendations to the agency and to future participants.
Contact Hours: 45
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3
This course is delivered virtually and begins before departure and completes after returning. The content includes both pre-departure and post departure information, discussion and reflection and serves to compliment the Institutions in Society Course. The course explores the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning to help make sense of the international experience and to develop intercultural competence. One credit will be awarded for 15 hours of academic relections work and 2 credits for the hands-on service-learning volunteering.
Contact Hours: 45
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3
This course will introduce students to the different historical issues that have formed present-day Ecuadorian culture. They will explore the Hispanic and Indian background so as to understand how and why our idiosyncrasy has evolved into present-day Ecuador. Religious, political and societal issues are examined to establish a better understanding of modern Ecuador.
The main objective of this course is for the student to understand the dynamics of Ecuadorian social classes, the importance of religion and its influence on people and governments, and the incipient understanding of democracy and capitalism in the Ecuadorian society.
Students will learn about Spain before it embarked on the discoveries of the Americas, the Moorish influence in Spain and the feudal patterns of behavior in everyday life there. We will read the first accounts of the aborigines` life as described by the conquistadors and learn about the basis of economic life in the early years of the Conquest. We will refer to piracy and the vast political control Spain had to develop to check this and other problems that arose from such an immense and sparse continent. Students will be exposed to the problems of social class and caste, the fight between the Liberals and Conservatives in Ecuador in the late 1890s, the behavior of the “Montubio” people from the Coast and the modern period of change and democratic instability. The course finishes with a general overview of Ecuador’s external debt and the dollarization process at the beginning of the 21st century.
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3 per course
An organization somewhat analogous to Habitat for Humanity, this agency provides housing, education, health and other services for the thousands of persons streaming into the “invasion” or squatter communities that encircle Guayaquil. The initial focus of the agency has been to provide low-cost prefabricated dwellings using materials native and adapted to the city’s wet, tropical climate; but a new area of emphasis is on adult education focused on developing micro-business and micro-financing opportunities particularly for women living in “invasion” communities. Students assist with housing construction, English language instruction, and educational efforts with “invasion” community women connected to micro-business development.
Population Served: “Invasion” or squatter community mothers and children
Areas of Service: Construction / ESL / Micro-business
This public health center, located in a squatter community in Guayaquil, provides medical assistance to nearly 600 families. Clinic, laboiratory and pharmacy services are available. Volunteers help with education and information activities about health and prevention.
Population Served: “Invasion” or squatter community residents
Areas of Service: All Ages / Healthcare / Health education
Guayaquil is surrounded by two unusual and fragile ecological assets: the tropical dry forest of Cerro Blanco, home to one of the world’s most spectacular and endangered macaws; and the mangrove forests which form a tidal buffer between the city and the Gulf of Guayaquil. This private, non-profit organization operates the Cerro Blanco ecological reserve as well as a protected mangrove forest near the fishing village of Puerto Hondo, both on the outskirts of the city. Students are engaged both in ecological conservation projects as well as education outreach activities to both city and local residents at both locations.
Population Served: Environment and residents of Guayaquil, Cerro Blanco, and Puerto Hondo
Areas of Service: Environment / Conservation
An ecotourism project and living museum that has restored 3 different ecosystems (a swamp, a humid forest, and a rain forest) plus a system of medicinal plants that are shown to the public for educational purposes. It is a cultural, educational zoological and recreational center made of three zones: wildlife (native and rescued animals), Traditions (interactive shows and events) and Urban Architecture historical recreations. Volunteers mostly work in the area of wild life (fauna and flora).
Population Served: Varied
Areas of Service: Conservation / Environment / Education
A non-profit organization that helps poor families in two locations in the city’s “invasion” communities by providing regular medical care and health education, the foundation is also dedicated to the rehabilitation of young children (infancy to 5 years old) suffering from the effects of malnutrition. Students have performed a wide range of tasks, such as checking the weight and measurements of children, feeding them, giving them nutritional supplements and vitamins, helping with patient intake interviews, assisting therapists with early stimulation routines, and providing general recreation activities for children.
Population Served: “Invasion” or squatter community residents
Areas of Service: Healthcare / Nutrition / Recreation
A mission designed to help people infected with Hansen’s disease (formerly known as leprosy) to live with dignity. The mission also provides patients with daily needs. This foundation provides medical care seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. It also provides well-balanced meals each day, physical therapy, medicine and basic sanitation services. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, wound care specialties, recreational therapy, arts and crafts teacher. At the moment, the foundation has particular needs for work in: arts and handcrafts, hospital maintenance, informal English classes, and gardening.
Population Served: Elders who have or have had Hansen’s Disease
Areas of Service: Healthcare / Elderly / Recreation
A partner school of Espíritu Santo University, this school provides kindergarten, elementary, and high school education to students who come from economically disadvantaged families. It is located at the foot of Santa Ana Hill (where Guayaquil was founded), and welcomes international students to serve as teacher aides in English, Spanish, sports and art classes.
Population Served: Children and low-income families
Areas of Service: Education / Children & Youth / Recreation / ESL / Teaching/tutoring
A not-for-profit private organization founded in 1984 that provides physical and occupational therapy to handicapped adults. sports and recreation, arts and crafts, Volunteers are more than welcome to participate in physical therapy activities as well as in the development of fundraising strategies. This foundation supports itself by selling crafts, bread, and eggnog.
Population Served: Mentally challenged adults
Areas of Service: Special education / Physical therapy / Fundraising / Recreation
A significant social problem in low-income neighborhoods of Guayaquil is that of girls (4-18 years) who have been turned out of their homes or otherwise left to fend for themselves on the city’s streets. This agency provides a home for such girls as well as access to elementary and secondary education and health care. Students provide essential back-up services to the staff of the home, including help with academic tutoring, arts projects and recreation.
Population Served: Homeless girls
Areas of Service: Social services / Homelessness / Recreation / Women's issues / Teaching/tutoring
A significant number of children and youth in Guayaquil come from families who work on the streets during the day and expect their children to work with them rather than go to school. The goal of this agency is to provide nutritional meals and an educational alternative for these children, linked to efforts to help parents understand the importance, for the future well-being of their children, of education rather than work on the streets. Students serve as aides for teachers in classrooms as well as provide tutoring, recreation and companionship for participating children and youth. Families are provided with educaiton around domestic violence, nutrition and more.
Population Served: Children who work on the streets
Areas of Service: Education / Recreation / Children & Youth
Populations served: infants, children, teens, adults, elderly
Areas of service: healthcare, physical and occupational and thermal massage therapy, nutrition, sports and recreation, art therapy, yoga and tai-chi classes
Foundation that supplies low-cost medical care and public health and nutrition and hygiene education
Population served: economically disadvantaged
Areas of Service: healthcare (clinical, pharmacy, laboratory), health education
Population served: economically disadvantaged pre-school and elementary aged children
Area of service: education/tutoring/recreational and art activities
Population Served: urban inhabitants
Areas of Service: conservation, eco-tourism, recycling, reforestation, education, fundraising
Works to safe guard the ecological integrity of the Salado Estuary, a biodiversity rich and culturally unique area that is the source of Guayaquil's drinking water.
Areas of Service: conservation/environment
This foundation focuses on the rescue and care of all abandoned, abused and mistreated animals. Has shelter, sterilization, vaccination, vet and adoption services.
Population served: All species of urban fauna
Areas of service: animal rescue/education/ vet care/ shelter and adoption. Students can participate in event planning, marketing, graphic design, animal health and welfare service. Good Spanish is required.
Non-profit that cares for abandoned, maltreated and injured household pets and street animals. Has shelter, sterilization, vaccination, vet and adoption services. Their mission is to promote respect for the lives of animals, recognizing their physical and emptional needs.
Population served: domestic animals
Areas of service: education/ vet care/ shelter and adoption/event planning