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*WKU Faculty Led: Sustainable Development and Ecotourism in Amazonian and Galapagos Ecuador
Ambato, Ecuador; Baltra, Ecuador; El Chaco, Ecuador; Isabela, Ecuador; Pillaro, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador; San Cristibo, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Program Cost: Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2015 11/01/2014 ** Rolling Admission 01/06/2015 01/20/2015

** 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.
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Minimum GPA:
Good Academic Standing with WKU
Faculty Leader:
Guffey, Kristie, Ramsing, Ron, Stone, Martin
Program Description:
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 agriculture, conservation and environmental studies all the while discovering the magnificent natural beauty of Ecuador.  Special emphasis will be placed on developing a cross-cultural awareness and service ethic within an environmental worldview.

Equator Ecuador
REC 482/482G (3 hours) – Ecuador: Ecotourism and Service Learning
DCS 399 / SUST 517 (3 hours) – Sustainable Development Issues in Amazonian and Galapagos Ecuador

Learning Objectives
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;
  • Have a firm understanding, through immersion in the local economy, of the cultural similarities and differences of a global society;
  • 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.
Upon completion of this course the student should be able to: 
  • Appreciate sociological, cultural, and food policy differences among world cultures;
  • Compare sustainability and food issues between the host country and the US;
  • Understand issues related to food production and infrastructure;
  • Recognize similarities and differences in US and host country trade policies:
  • Compare educational systems;
  • Defend economic and political issues related to the world situation;
  • Adapt knowledge learned to further success in their fields of study.

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