Ecuador is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse countries in the world. Gap participants are based in the southern Andean city of Cuenca. Rich in history and architecture, Cuenca is surrounded by breathtaking scenic mountain views. Its historic city center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site.
As a gap participant in Cuenca, you’ll spend your first month in intensive Spanish classes, including outings around the city to put your new language skills into practice. You’ll work at an internship with a local partner agency and develop professional skills, while learning the rhythm of daily life in Cuenca.
The Gap Experience
- Count on 24/7 on-call support
Community Development Internships
- Comisión de Gestión Ambiental (CGA): This commission focuses on the protection of biodiversity and animal rights in Cuenca.
- Dirección de Cultura, Educación y Deportes: This group presents cultural and artistic events.
- Maki: Collaborating with artisans, this organization works on tourism and fair trade projects. Maki means hand in Kichwa, an indigenous language in Ecuador.
Full year: August 27, 2017 – May 31, 2018
Fall semester: August 27 – Dec 22, 2017
Spring semester: Jan 23, 2018 – May 31, 2018
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