Credit course available to students enrolled in the Ecuador program:

ANTH 297: The Ecuadorian Amazon (3 credits)

In this intensive two-week introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon, students learn first-hand about the culture of its native Quichua people and their struggle to preserve traditional ways of life in a modern world.  They also learn about the complex ecology of the region and current threats to its biodiversity.  The first week is spent in a Quichua village on the edge of the rainforest in Ecuador, living with host families, helping with daily work and chores, and running educational activities for the village children.  The second week is spent volunteering and living at a nearby rainforest reserve dedicated to preserving rainforest biodiversity and improving the health and well-being of the Quichua.