Semester Abroad High School and Gap Year Programs
Enrollment is limited to 20 students. The program will be based out of Cumbaya, a vibrant community on the outskirts of Quito, and students will take a full course-load of interactive classes through the Ecoversidad (Eco-university) and the University de San Francisco. The curriculum is an interdisciplinary academic investigation of sustainability. A sample of course segments includes:
- Food & agricultural sustainability
- Natural building and sustainable architecture
- Water & natural resource management
- Development economics & public policy
- Social entrepreneurship
- Organizational theory
- Principles of sustainable development
- Urban sustainability
- Spanish language immersion
Broadly speaking, students will be engaged in course work in Cumbaya (often field-based) Mondays through Thursday for three weeks of each month, with short trips to other destinations in Ecuador scheduled for most Fridays through Sundays. One 10-day period of each month is designated for a longer expedition into a different region. A significant expedition into one of the most remote areas of the Amazon is also planned.
The first gap-year program will run from the end of August to mid-December in fall 2015. A spring semester program for high school juniors is scheduled for the end of January to mid-May in spring 2016. Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more about our Sustainable Semester programs.