Exploring Ecuador: People, Land, and Water from the Amazon to the Galapagos

CFAN 3507

Program Dates:
December 26, 2018 - January 15, 2019 

Application Deadline:
October 8, 2018*

*This program has extended its application deadline through Monday, October 8th.  Students that apply after October 1 will need to work with our travel agent to book their own flights, and the total program fee is subject to change based on the final flight cost.  Please contact thee0017@umn.edu with any questions and for flight booking instructions. 

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Exploring Ecuador: People, Land and Water from the Amazon to the Galapagos


There is an ancient prophecy of the Indigenous peoples of Ecuador that someday the Eagle and Condor will fly together and awaken the spirit of the land.   Some believe that time has come! Ecuador is the first country to constitutionally recognize the rights of pachamama (mother earth) “…to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate…”  

This program takes you all around Ecuador to experience the richness in the people, biodiversity and natural resources. Come explore how agriculture, lumber harvesting and mining (just like in Minnesota) are impacting Ecuador’s peoples, lands and waters. Explore the abundant water, flora and fauna of the majestic mountains, rich valley farmlands, and lush tropical forests. You will explore sustainability and restoration projects throughout Ecuador’s mainland and the Galapagos Islands. This interdisciplinary course offer students of all disciplines an opportunity to explore water resource management and indigenous (Quichua) culture – a great opportunity for scientifically and culturally oriented students to interact with each other and the people of Ecuador.


CFAN 3507 - 3.0 credits

*Fulfills Global Perspectives and Environment Liberal Education Theme Requirements.

*For more detailed information, see the program syllabus.


Students interested in indigenous cultures, climate change, conservation and natural resources, sustainability


First Step Sessions give basic information about programs, services, and resources available through the Learning Abroad Center. You do not have to reserve your spot, just show up to 230 Heller Hall, West Bank. You can also complete the First Step Session online

Please note: Because we cover so much information in a short period of time, if you are more than 5 minutes late you will have to attend a different First Step Session.



$7,215. This fee includes instruction and fees, all program activities and excursions, airfare, local transportation, insurance, lodging and most meals.

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Mark Bellcourt works in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and is an academic advisor for CFANS and CEHD. His interests include indigenous cultures, environmental issues and land use.


Cody Venier

Cody Venier

Term: Winter 2016 - 2017

Program: Exploring Ecuador: People, Land & Water from the Amazon to the Galapagos 

Even though my study abroad program was a “short term” program, I feel that I had learned more from the experiences, culture, people, landscapes, interactions, values, and immersion than I have ever learned in a classroom. In Ecuador, I became in love with the mountains that surrounded every city and even had the opportunity to climb a volcano! I was forced to improve my Spanish speaking skills because most of the people there did not speak much English. There were so many new types of food, architecture, music, clothing, vegetation, and ways of life that I had before experienced. At times I felt over stimulated but that was a good thing. We traveled so much to see all of Ecuador and had an awesome tour guide from the Ecuadorian study abroad center CIMAS who was the drummer for a pretty famous band in Ecuador. 

Click here to read Cory's complete story in Ecuador. 

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