Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages


"The homestays allowed me to fully immerse myself in the culture and daily life by becoming a part of my families' lives and connecting on a personal level. My homestay families wanted to help me learn and we would talk for hours. I gained a perception of Ecuadorian life I would never have learned from lectures or articles."

—Kerry Leigh-Anne Johnson, University of Vermont

Homestay mother

Students in the Ecuador: Development, Politics, and Languages program live with three different host families during the course of the semester. Living with local families facilitates cultural immersion, helps students further develop their language skills — whether in Quichua, Spanish, or both languages — and provides new contexts for academic learning. Each homestay provides new insights into a particular side of Ecuadorian culture and daily life.

Los Chillos
Students will live with a middle-income family in small towns in the valley of Los Chillos, located about 40 minutes outside of Quito. After class and on weekends, students will typically join their host families for a range of activities and social events.

The program’s second homestay is with a middle class family in an urban neighborhood in Quito. Quito offers a variety of wonderful cultural amenities. Host families enjoy sharing the city with their students by accompanying them to concerts, museums, movies, and other sites.

Amazonian community
The program’s third homestay is in an Amazonian community, offering students a very different perspective of Ecuador.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Quito

Language Study: Quichua,  Spanish

Prerequisites: 4 semesters college-level Spanish or the equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT. Read more...


View Student Evaluations for this program:

About the Evaluations (PDF)

Fall 2013 Evaluations (PDF)
Spring 2013 Evaluations (PDF)
Fall 2012 Evaluations (PDF)

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