Ecuador: Occupational Therapy

PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is for the 2019 program.. Program details for next year will 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.


Cultural Information

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3.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2021

Program Dates: November 11, 2021 - November 21, 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Closed)

Fall 2022

Estimated Program Dates: September 2022 - October 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

(1.5 weeks)



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


2022 Program information will be available in August 2021


Program Fee: $2,651


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Housing
  • Most meals (breakfast and lunch)
  • All excursions and field trips
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU tuition - ($755) *
  • Personal expenses - ($100)
  • Passport/photos - ($150)
  • Additional meals - ($100)
  • Insurance - (28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $3,748


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

Faculty-led Program Grant (Up to $500): Students who apply to a faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a FAFSA on file.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

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To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs


Open to sophomore year occupational therapy students.

3.0 GPA required.

Non-GVSU students are not eligible for this program


Additional Information


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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US State Department Information

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Contact Information

Fall 2021
Kristin Willey
Program Director
Fall 2022
Kristin Willey
Program Director

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