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  • Locations: Cuenca, Ecuador; Gal├ípagos Islands, Ecuador; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Spring
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Program Description:
Faculty Led Program - Ecuador
Instructor: Dr. Tair Chirenje

Associate Professor Environment Studies

Quito, Cuenca, Guayaquil & The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Ecuador Maps

Program Description:

International Sustainable Development (ENVL/SUST 3701) is a Spring course that requires (early) Fall semester preparation. Students registered in this course must register for Prep for Filed Experience (ENVL 2500, 1 credit) with Dr. Chirenje to prepare for the Spring experience, which takes place during the first two weeks of January. Students must also participate in at least two weekend preparation trips during the Fall semester. ENVL/SUST 3701 also has field sites in Brazil (, but it alternates with Ecuador sites in even years. The sites in Ecuador include: 

  • Quito, the capital, where we will cover* the volcanoes and water supply, urban planning and transportation;
  • Guayaquil, where we will discuss energy issues and shore development;
  • The Galapagos Islands, where we will cover biodiversity and tourism issues;
  • Cuenca, where we will discuss natural resource conservation, rainforest and biodiversity issues 
ENVL/SUST 3701 students will also be assigned readings that deal with the issues we will cover during the trip. The draft itinerary and activities in Ecuador will be posted soon. A rough packing list is posted immediately at the end of the draft itinerary. 

Please visit the Ecuador Field Experience Weebly page for program's itinerary and activities:
Trip duration

16 days (January 2-18th*)

Approximate cost: $4,350** 

You are required to follow the listed payment schedule. Payments for this trip are non-refundable*** due to the advanced airfare and ground reservations made for the group. If you sign up for the program - please be aware of this.

*Current dates are projected. Final determination will be made once all itinerary items are confirmed.
**Current cost is estimated and is subject to change until all itinerary items are confirmed. 
***If you are able to find a student willing to take your place in the program, airfare and ground reservations can be transferred to another passenger before October (a name change fee will apply, payable by you at the time of transfer). If you drop from the program after October, payments will not be refundable as no seat changes/reassignments will be possible. You will receive your international ticket, and will need to work with the airline to cancel the reservation (your funds may be available to you as a credit with the airline, according to their policies). 

Payment schedule**** (payments are no later than the established due date)
April 1 -------- $500
May 1 -------- $500
June 1 ------- $1,000
July 1 -------- $1,000
August ------- $1,000
Sept 1--------- $350.
****A lump sum deposit is acceptable. If you make deposits in the amount greater than one indicated in the payment schedule, you must email Bursar and request the payment amount to be adjusted. Please email, with subject line "Deposit for Faculty Led Program-Ecuador"

NOTE:  Students are able to use available financial aid to satisfy the Payment Schedule. For information about the use of financial aid for Faculty Led Program funding, please schedule an appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor, Natalja Manger. Scholarships are available through the Office of Global Engagement. Applications are embedded in your mandatory Study Abroad Applications. 

Program cost includes:
  • Round-trip airfare to Ecuador;
  • All domestic flights within Ecuador;
  • All accommodations;
  • All meals as per Itinerary (water, soft and other drinks are not included);
  • All ground transportation in Ecuador;
  • International health insurance;
  • Trip insurance;
  • Group activities as listed in the itinerary (fun, immersive and educational), e.g. admission to parks, hikes, etc.
Not included in the cost are:
  • Immunizations required for entry into Ecuador: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever (this is the requirement of the faculty leader). Students will not be eligible to participate in the program, and may lose their current deposits, if they fail to present proof if immunizations by September 1, 2019;
  • U.S. Passport costs;
  • Cost of visa into Ecuador for foreign nationals;
  • $100 fee to enter the Galapagos Islands (paid in cash at boarding time on the flight to the islands);
  • Souvenirs and other discretionary spending;
  • Meals not provided by the itinerary;
  • $200 study abroad fee This fee is attached to the course and is charged in the Spring 2020 semester).
Important Safety Information

To be distributed to program participants via the Office of Global Engagement. A representative of the Office of Global Engagement will give a briefing during our December prep meeting. The State Department website also has important safety information about Ecuador in general: This is my second trip to Ecuador in two years and I did our exact itinerary on my own in July 2014. I’ll take you to places where I feel safe. It’s important that you do not wear flashy clothes and jewelry or carry fancy cameras and hand bags on this trip. Also, remember, Ecuadorian law is different from US Law. I’ll discuss important differences in our briefing.
Packing list
  1. A decent lined notebook or laptop computer;
  2. Chargers for your phone and camera;
  3. Two (2) pairs of comfortable hiking pants (one from a light weight material (this program is requires a lot of physical activity and involves hiking in hot weather);
  4. Several synthetic t-shirts that dry quickly;
  5. A couple of comfortable shorts and swimwear;
  6. Enough laundry and socks for one week (we will have one laundry day, plan accordingly);
  7. A brim hat for sun protection (if you bring a cap, make sure you pack a brim hat too!);
  8. Toiletries and personal hygiene items (e.g. tooth brush+paste, hairbrush/comb, sunscreen, moisturizing lotion, a beach towel, soap, deodorant, bug spray, sunglasses, shaving items, cologne/perfume. Pack antibiotic ointment, band-aids, anti-itch cream/spray, pain medication, altitude sickness medication, and malaria medication). Check with your family physician to make sure that the antibiotics and malaria medication we are going to take have no counter-interactions with your own medication (if you take medications on the regular basis);
  9. A waterproof wind breaker - will show you mine before our October trip;
  10. One pair of comfortable, previously worn hiking shoes (you don't want blisters from new shoes);
  11. One pair of sandals and a belt, if you need one;
  12. One pair of nice shoes (for going out to dinner, meetings out, etc.); 
  13. One nice outfit (for going out to dinner, meetings out, etc.);
  14. A flash light;
  15. Again - BUG SPRAY (I use products with about 30% DEET);
  16. Two (2) water bottles that hold at least 2 liters of water between them, or a hydration pack;
  17. Enough spending money (cash or credit/debit card) for 15 lunches and dinners (at about $US 15 each on average), souvenirs, snacks, etc. Do not bring more than $500 cash. Most all places in Ecuador accept credit cards and US dollar is an official currency of Ecuador;         
  18. A safe travel pack where you can keep your cash and cards when we travel. Something like this would suffice, as it has nice "undercover money belts" that you can wrap around your waist inside your pants. I’ll show you mine before our October trip.                             If you show up to JFK without one on Jan 1st I'll ask you to buy an overpriced one in the airport before we depart
  19. Cameras and phones – You and your parents are encouraged to download Whats App and Facebook messenger  (it’s a good way to communicate with friends and family on the road for free). Every place we stay will have Wi-Fi, so you can also just switch your phone to airplane mode and use Facebook or other social media software to communicate with family and friends;
  20. A winter coat. Some of the volcanoes we visit are colder than most January days in NJ.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/20/2019 10/28/2019 01/01/2020 01/16/2020