Ecuador: Occupational Therapy
PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is for the 2019 program. Updated 2020 program information will be available in summer 2018. Program details may be similar, but are subject to change.
IBARRA, ECUADOR - This program allows second year occupational therapy students the opportunity to replace their traditional fieldwork course with a cultural immersion experience in Ecuador. Students will begin their journey in the historic city of Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Quito was the world’s first city to be declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1978. The group will be working with CRECER, a local non-profit that provides occupational therapy services to adults and children. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside other professionals in Ecuador in a variety of settings including an adult day program, orphanage, nursing home, or the CRECER outpatient center.
During free time, students will have the opportunity to explore the colonial city of Ibarra, located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The group will participate in field trips to the equator, lakes, inactive volcanoes, waterfalls, local markets and more.
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: September 2019 - October 2019
Application Deadline: March 2, 2019 (Closed)
*Disclaimer: Program dates for 2019 will slightly differ from dates provided.
2020 Program information will be available in August 2019
Students will register for a total of 1 credit:
OT 653: Level 1 fieldwork (1 credit)
*This course will take the place of the traditional fieldwork course
*This program does not fulfill General Education Global Perspectives or fulfill General Education Issues requirements
Language of instruction: English
Students will stay in a hostel.
Cost and Scholarships
2020 Program information will be available in August 20189
2019 PROGRAM COSTS:
Program Fee: $2,651
- Round-trip airfare
- Most meals (breakfast and lunch)
- All excursions and field trips
- All ground transportation
- GVSU tuition - ($686) *
- Personal expenses - ($300)
- Passport/photos - ($150)
- Additional meals - ($100)
- ISIC card - optional ($28)
TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $3,915
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Open to sophomore year occupational therapy students.
3.0 GPA required.
Non-GVSU students are not eligible for this program
Field trips include:
- A visit to the historic city of Quito
- Waterfalls, an inactive volcano, and the equator
- Local markets and more
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