Photos taken by Esteban G. Baus.
The Service Learning in Ecuador study abroad program is sponsored by the Department of Counseling and Higher Education, and the Patton College of Education.
This two-week graduate program attracts students who are interested in education, higher education and student affairs, international development and Latin American cultural studies. Through an asset-based approach to working in and with rural communities students will not only ‘do’ service learning, but will learn about the pedagogy and practice of service learning. Students will spend the bulk of their time completing group service projects in rural southern Ecuador alongside members of the local community. Time will also be spent visiting Quito and cultural sites near the city.
Participants will be exposed to the role that the higher education system plays in rural community development issues in a developing country. Through an asset-based approach to working in, and with, rural communities, students will work with community members to understand existing local resources.
Students may learn practices that are useful in working in other under-resourced communities in the United States, and will reflect on how these practices can be applied in their own educational practice.
This program was previously offered in Honduras.
Click here to view a short video promo by student participants of the summer 2009 program.
Click here to view a short video journal by student participants of the summer 2011 program.
Click here to view a short video featuring students participants of the summer 2013 program.
2016 Program dates
Eligibility and selection process
This program is open to all OHIO and NON-OHIO graduate students in good academic standing. Preference will be given to students in the host programs: Higher Education and Student Affairs, and Critical Studies in Educational Foundations.
Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Therefore early application is encouraged as all places may have been filled before the final application deadline.
This program accepts non-OHIO students.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a judicial offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
Program participants will stay in a hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunch will be brought to the site by Catholic University staff. While in Quito, breakfast will be provided by the hotel and lunch and dinner will be provided by the program in area restaurants.
Courses and credits
Students will enroll for nine hours of graduate credit including:
2016 Program Costs TBA
Additional Information on Ecuador
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.
US citizens will not need a visa or other special documents to enter Ecuador for the length of this program. However, please note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Information for Non-US citizens can be found here.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Peter Mather
Counseling and Higher Education
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840