Environmental Sustainability, Art & Technology, Social Impact & Entrepreneurship
The deadline to apply for financial aid for fall 2018 is May 15th! The final application deadline to start this fall is July 15th.
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. Ecuador is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse countries in the world. 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.
You’ll be placed in an internship at one of our partner agencies. Here, you’ll spend 30+ hours a week working on projects that allow you to gain real-life work experience in a culture different from your own.
Work directly with your partner agency to plan, design, and execute a sustainable community-based project. Use your imagination, energy, and ingenuity to develop a proposal, raise resources, and watch the project come to life!
Live with a local host family for your entire stay and become a part of the community. Your host family will be an invaluable guide as you get to know your new home. Take full advantage of your time together, learning local recipes and hearing their perspectives.
Come together with your fellow gap participants to talk about your experience, discuss challenges and successes that you’ve encountered, and build skills that you’ll use in your gap year and beyond.
Visit Incan ruins in Ingapirca, explore the beautiful Cajas National Park for a day, climb to the Refugio at the Chimborazo volcano, or take a quick bus ride to the Amazon jungle. Take time to explore Ecuador with your fellow gap participants.
Instituto Politécnico La Salle: This technical school focuses on professional skills for young Nicaraguans.
La Tías: This nonprofit organization provides educational and nutritional programs for children.
Casa de Cultura: This organization leads cultural and art classes to increase local engagement with the arts.