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  • Locations: Ambato, Ecuador; Baltra, Ecuador; Isabela, Ecuador; Pillaro, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador; Tena, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: WKU applicants only
  • Program Cost:: Winter
Program Dates:
Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/06/2019 01/18/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Number of Credits: 3 Credit Type: WKU Credit
Field of Study: INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES, RECREATION Minimum GPA: Good Academic Standing with WKU
Program Catagory: WKU Faculty Led Faculty/Program Leader(s): Guffey, Kristie, Ramsing, Ron
Colonnade Credit: No Class Eligibility: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Program Description:
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This two-week adventure features opportunities to traverse the highlands of the Andes, explore the intricacies of the Galapagos, interact with local community members, conduct a service project and participate in conservation and environmental studies all the while discovering the magnificent natural beauty of Ecuador. Special emphasis is on developing a cross-cultural awareness and service ethic within an environmental worldview.
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REC 480 (3 hrs.) - Ecuador: Recreation and Tourism
IDST 350 (3 hrs.) - Study Abroad

REC 480
Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:
  • Develop an appreciation for and an understanding of the historical, sociological, and ecological character of Ecuador and the Galapagos;
  • Develop and build an appreciation for and an understanding of the diverse geographical character of Ecuador and the Galapagos;
  • Discuss the influence of the diversity of natural wonders of Ecuador and the Galapagos and ensuing influence on ecotourism and community development;
  • Explain and discuss the various natural resource management challenges facing private recreation operators and government planners in highly traveled areas such as the Galapagos National Park;
  • Demonstrate group and personal leadership skills that include effective communication, judgment, decision-making, tolerance, inclusion, and risk management;
  • Develop an appreciation for the strong contribution of service projects to local people, communities, and the environment;
  • Recognize the various methods of instruction for learning;
  • Discuss and articulate your role in a global society through community service in the host county.

IDST 350
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Upon the conclusion of this course, students will gain the ability to: 
  • Describe, comprehend at deeper levels, and apply basic multicultural leadership perspectives and cultural competencies in an ever-changing global society.
  • Analyze and compare behaviors of effective multicultural leaders
  • Describe and apply leadership theories and models through real world examples
  • Understand, compare, and contrast tools available for measuring and improving diverse, multicultural leadership effectiveness
  • Recognize differences between leadership behaviors across time periods and cultural dimensions
  • Utilize the knowledge and experiences gained from this course to continue developing their leadership competencies
  • Apply gained leadership knowledge to various contexts and situations

Program leaders may determine stricter eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants earning credit in a program would meet these requirements:
  • Current WKU student eligible to enroll in WKU courses OR students from outside WKU may participate as non-degree seeking student,
  • Good academic standing as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog,
  • A minimum of 18 years of age at time of departure.
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by the WKU Office of Student Conduct
    • Students who become ineligible to attend the program after applying due to disciplinary sanctions will be subject to standard program cost penalty rates. Students are responsible for notifying the Office of Study Away when they become aware of this ineligibility. For eligibility questions pertaining to disciplinary sanctions, students should contact the WKU Office of Student Conduct.
  • Students must complete Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered in this course. All students studying abroad are required to pay $150 application fee.
  • Students must select program on TopNet and pay $250 deposit to finalize admittance process,
  • Student must possess passport book valid for a least six (6) months after return date. 
  • Students must complete pre-departure orientations,
  • Full payment prior to departure, and
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required.
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