The priority application deadline is March 15th for fall 2018!
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.

About the Region

Citizens

Cuencanos

Economy

Cuenca is known for textiles and folk art

Climate

Mild and warm during the day and cool at night

Terrain

Mountainous

Slang

achachai = how cold!

chuta = an interjection similar to “darn!”

no más = go ahead

Program Features

You’ll be enrolled in Spanish courses to equip you with the language skills you need to succeed and supplement your existing knowledge.
You’ll take part in our engaging training to prepare for your gap experience. Come ready to challenge your preconceptions, learn positive community development strategies, and have a blast!
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.
  • Academic Year
    2018 - 2019
  • Length
    9 months
  • Training Dates
    Train in-country with your fellow participants!
  • In-Country Dates
    Aug 26, 2018 – May 31, 2019
  • Ages
    17 – 25
  • Price
    $26,900
  • Fall Semester 2018
  • Length
    4 months
  • Training Dates
    Train in-country with your fellow participants!
  • In-Country Dates
    Aug 26 - Dec 21, 2018
  • Ages
    17 – 25
  • Price
    $13,950
  • Spring Semester 2019
  • Length
    4 months
  • Training Dates
    Train in-country with your fellow participants!
  • In-Country Dates
    Jan 20 - May 31, 2019
  • Ages
    17 – 25
  • Price
    $13,950
Ready to start your application?

Applications to start next fall are due July 15, 2018!

APPLY NOW
The things you will learn and experience, the relationships you will build, and the joy and love you will feel are irreplaceable and will remain with you through the rest of your life.
Emma, Gap Program Participant
Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Graduated from high school (age 17 - 25)