Eighteen students and two faculty members will travel to three distinct regions in Ecuador to explore the interactions between the environment, human health, and culture.  The Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station is an adventure in itself, and is a place tourists can’t go!  It’s set along the Tiputini river across from Yasuní National Park, the most biodiverse place on the planet.  

A highlight of the Andes region surrounding Quito is Hacienda Verde, where students can experience traditional medicine practices, medicinal plants, and sustainable agriculture practices.  The final portion of the trip are the Galapagos Islands, another UNESCO World Heritage site. 

The Galapagos Islands are located at the confluence of three ocean currents and have active volcanic activity, which created unusual animal life that inspired Charles Darwin.  While on the islands, students will visit the University of San Francisco de Quito Galapagos research station and have lectures from local researchers on pollution, over-fishing, marine habitat, and population changes.  

Course number, (CRN), name
ALS 3954 (40365)–Environmental Science, Health, and South American Culture

Pre-departure meetings begin
October 10, 2016

Travel dates
Depart from Washington DC Dulles International Airport December 29, 2016 and return on
January 15, 2017.



Application deadline
October 24, 2016

Program fee
The total program fee is $5,300 but all students receive a $300 scholarship upon acceptance to the program, bringing the total fee to $5,000.  A $500 deposit will be required upon acceptance to the program, and the remaining $4,500 will be billed prior to December 1, 2016.  Winter Session tuition (3 credits): $1,021.75 (in state), $2,642.25 (out of state)

The program fee includes the flight from Washington Dulles to Quito, Ecuador as well as all travel / transportation while in Ecuador (multiple flights, boats, and busses).  Additionally, all lodging and most meals are included.  Items not included are approximately 5 meals, and any pre-departure expenses such as passport and immunizations.

Payment deadline

December 1, 2016

Program contact
Dr. Matt Eick  (Environmental Science)
Renee Eaton (Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise)