June 20 - July 2, 2020

 TCLA-200 Service Learning in Ecuador 
Dates: June 20-July 2, 2020
Credits: Critical Studies Elective | 3 Credits  
Who can participate? Open to all UArts students

This service-learning tour to Ecuador starts in Quito where you’ll tour historic sites like Plaza de la Independencia and Iglesia San Francisco. We’ll then travel to Otavalo, a town in the Andean highlands, where you’ll stay with a family and serve the community through projects in local schools, participation in sustainable farming initiatives, and maintenance of recreational areas. During your stay, you will be creating a visual journal of your experience through, but not limited to, reflective wring, photography, drawing, and collage. Each night we will come together as a class and discuss our experiences together to help inform the impact service-learning can have on your community.

Service-learning changed my life and I'd like to provide that opportunity for students. Being immersed in another culture helps students be reflective and think critically about the world around them. They then take those experiences back to their own communities and become leaders.
— Carly Najera, Faculty 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Collect, archive, and analyze research sources linked to study away experience.

  • Theorize a more globally conscious way of analyzing culture and self.

  • Reflect on — in writing, visually and or verbally — connections between the study away

    experience and personal, cultural, and creative contexts.

  • Identify cultural differences and similarities and the role of culture in shaping values,

    beliefs, and practices, and perceptions.

  • Reflect on how the service-learning experience has affected your thinking about social

    responsibility and your personal, academic or career goals.

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Carly Najera

 Travel Package: $4,063 
Deposit: $500 due by 2/28/2020
Final payment due by 4/19/2020

Travel Package includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia to Quito, Ecuador.

  • 12 nights of accommodations at hotels.

  • Professional tour guides (English-speaking).

  • Entrances for cultural sites.

  • Ground transportation.

  • Ground transportation in safe, clean motorcoach between Quito to Banos; from Banos to Ingapirca; from Ingapirca to Cuenca; from Cuenca to Guayaquil.
  • Welcome Dinner + Farewell Dinner
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Special dinner at Ingapirca
  • Cooking class lunch in Otavalo
  • Wireless internet at all hotels

Other costs to consider:

  • Lunch and dinner are on your own, with the exception of noted itinerary meals.

  • Course Tuition: $403 The new special summer 2019 Travel Course credit rates are $134 per credit, up to 3 credits. Same tuition rate whether you are taking for credit or auditing the class.

  • International cell phone plan.

  • $199 Optional Travel Protection Plan Cancel for Any Reason (per person).

  • Luggage overage fees and hotel incidentals are not included and are the responsibility of the program participants.

  • Passport application fees if you need to secure.

Info coming soon. Email travel@uarts.edu for details.

Application Checklist 

  Make sure you have a passport with an expiration date 6 months after the last day of your trip date.

  Complete the Travel Course Application.  You can access it via the Student Forms page on the Portal.

  Look for your confirmation email!

  Go to Student Financial Service to pay your $500 deposit.

    In person payments: Student Financial Services office.

    Online payments: www.uarts.afford.com and select "Make a 1-Time Payment."  You will also need to send an email to Mariann Cardonick in SFS so that she can credit your account.  

  Complete Risk & Release form.

  Complete the Travel Information form, which includes a passport upload & emergency contacts.

  Wait for approval notification.

  Final payment due to SFS.

  Check your registration (you will automatically be registered upon final payment).

  Attend your pre-departure workshop.


Learn more

Caitlin Perkins, Coordinator for Short Travel