Ecuador: Food Studies Internship
You will work with local organizations (approx. 20 hours per week) in and around the Cloud Forest in Yunguilla on a broad set of issues connected to food, from security and access, to food culture and education. The Cloud Forest is a vital part of life for many in Ecuador, providing copious amounts of vegetation, flora and fauna that are used for medicine, food and more. The area is designated as a protected area, meaning the community has avoided monoculture, agrochemical use, logging, and mass tourism.
Internship placements focus on the following areas: Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL Practicum), Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Energy Sources, Restaurant Hotel Tourism, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Entrepreneurship, Environmental Education, and Food Studies.
Please monitor for Summer 2020 updates. Summer 2019 - rolling start dates*. Students can arrive in Quito on any of the dates listed below. The program ends 4 weeks later. Program will total 27 nights/28 days. Exact start dates and internship placement details will be confirmed after students apply and are accepted to the program.
*Those wishing to complete this program as their TEFL Certificate Practicum must arrive May 17 or May 31 to ensure the community school is open and in session.
Eligibility and Selection Process
This program is open to all OHIO undergraduate students in good academic and conduct standing. Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.
Application Deadline : February 15, 2020
For the first few days, student will stay in a centrally located hostel in Quito in either a single or shared room. Once students move to the Cloud Forest, students will be staying with homestay families. Breakfast and dinner are served with the family, while lunch is generally packed. Meals while living with the host family are included in program costs.
Courses and Credits
All students will enroll in 3 credits total:
CAS 4911 - Internship in How Food Works in the Community (3 credit hours)
LING 4920/5920 (2 credits) + LING 4912/5912 (1 credit)
LING 4912/5912 (3 credits)
Summer 2020 Cost TBD - please monitor for updates
Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.
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.
Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.
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 Student Accessibility Services 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.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here . US citizens will not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also 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.
For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's Visa Information Page .
Information for Non-US citizens can be found here .
For more information contact:
Dr. Theresa Moran, Program Director
Ellie Koewler, Program Coordinator