Summer Abroad Ecuador

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Environmental Justice in Indigenous Ecuador

Quito and the Amazon Basin, Ecuador

Arrive Date:  July 1, 2020   End Date:  July 31, 2020

Program Overview

This program examines the historical development and current situation of the rural indigenous communities of the Andes and the Amazon of Ecuador with special attention to issues of environmental and social justice and human rights. Through seminar discussions and fieldwork, the program underscores the impact economic and political factors have on indigenous communities’ cultural adaptation and their human rights. The program emphasizes indigenous people/regions that are threatened by mineral and oil extraction: the Northwestern cloud forest of Mindo and Intag; the Andean Kichwa and Karanki communities of Otavalo and San Clemente; and the Huaorani people of the Shiripuno River and the Kichwa autonomous territory of Sarayaku on the Bobonaza River.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  22

Program CoordinatorErin Schlemmer


Native American Studies (NAS) 120. Ethnopolitics of South American Indians (4 units)

Native American Studies (NAS) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Graduate Course Options

Native American Studies (NAS) 202. Advanced Topics in Native American Studies (4 units)

Native American Studies (NAS) 298. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP grading only)

Program Highlights

  • Experience the beauty of this biologically and culturally diverse country of rain forests, rivers, snow covered mountains and volcanoes.
  • Meet indigenous Amazonians and learn about their historical development and current situation.
  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with multiple indigenous groups. 
  • A great program for many majors as you can do a creative project of your choice!

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