**Applicants must apply for a passport (if you do not have one) at the same time as their application. Resources can be found on the Office of International Education website: http://www.uwgb.edu/study-abroad/passport-guide/?
Geographer Teodoro Wolf once called Ecuador a "geographer's paradise" because of the rich diversity in biomes and ecological niches that make Ecuador a laboratory for biology and physical geographers. Within hours, one can find themselves in tundra conditions that define the land of eternal snows and the next, in the land of tropical birds and flowers. Ecuador is a laboratory for human geographers as well. Ecuador, straddling the equator in northwestern South America, is a pluri-cultural and pluri-lingual society. Ecuador has a significant Indigenous communities and important African and Asian communities within a European/Criollo society.
Mountains, Oceans & Islands: This travel course exposes students and community members to the diversity of physical and human geographies of Ecuador. We will explore the northern Ecuadorean Andes to see firsthand unique ecological niches and fascinating indigenous populations in Imbabura Province. We will also visit Afro Ecuadorean communities, and taste Asian Ecuadorean cuisine. We will also explore the capital city Quito, the first World Heritage Site in the world named by UNESCO.
From Quito, we will fly to the Galápagos Islands, named Natural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO, and experience the enchanted islands that inspired Charles Darwin. This course offers students opportunities to earn credit in their respective major and/or minors. In addition, this course can apply towards General Education requirements for World Culture, Sustainability, SS1, and Writing Emphasis.
PROGRAM DATES: January 6th- 20th, 2019
Comfortable lodging is included for the duration of the program. Most meals are provided.