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Australia, Spring 2014
January 15 - May 1, 2014

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East Africa, Fall 2012
September 1 - December 20, 2012

Ecuador, Fall 2012
January 3 - May 1, 2012

The Ecuador program offers rich paths to discovery in the realms of nature and culture. Students live with families in Cuenca, where they learn about everyday life, patterns of ritual and celebration, gender norms, and many aspects of culture invisible to outsiders.

Mornings find students studying Spanish at Fundación Amauta, the school with whom Lewis and Clark has a long-standing relationship. Classes at Amauta include grammar, conversation, and interactive learning experiences in Spanish. These include a painting murals with local children, exchanges with students from the University of Azuay, and a visit to the 10 de Agosto market. Here, they choose from one of the many varieties of potatoes and local produce, and learn to make typical Ecuadorian foods to contribute to a fabulous collective lunch.

Afternoons, students explore Andean cultural identity and cross-cultural communication with Tamara Trownsell, a long-time Cuenca resident. They become participant-observers of life in Cuenca through fieldwork in the city, visits with a curandera – a traditional healer – at the market, and other cultural activities. On alternate afternoons, our group studies Ecuador’s five main ecosystems with Ernesto Arbeláez, biology instructor and director of the Zoológico Bioparque de Cuenca Amaru. They photograph Andean bears and porcupines while listening to lectures about Ecuador’s staggering biodiversity. Research projects focus on the ecosystems’ components, location, range, the interaction between human cultures and natural systems, and the main threats to the survival of both.

Though based in Cuenca for most of the semester, the program also includes academic travel to the southern Amazon Basin (the Oriente), an exploration of the capital Quito and surrounding areas, and a visit to the famous Ingapirca ruins and a Cañari community in the highlands two hours from Cuenca.

Students in this year’s program include majors in psychology, art, English, biochemistry and biology. In their writing during orientation, each expressed hopes and some fears about studying in another country. Living overseas, as many Lewis and Clark students know, can be a life-changing experience. Amauta Director Mayra Cordoso reinforces this possibility. She says, “My main hope is that students, after living in Ecuador, see the world from another point of view, that this experience offers them new perspectives for making big decisions in their lives.”

Our photos here chronicle some of our group’s remarkable discoveries.

Ecuador, Spring 2013
January 5 - May 15, 2013

The academic focus of the program is on intensive language study, and the history, culture and socio-economic institutions of Ecuador. The students also give back to the local community by volunteering at various local organizations. Following an orientation program in Quito, the program is centered in Cuenca and includes field trips to the primary rain forest, coastal mangroves, the Cañar region as well as other local areas of interest. Students are hosted by local families while in Cuenca. The program team includes our student participants, on-site academic director, resident director, blog moderator, academic instructors and program leader.

India, Fall 2011
August 29 - December 31, 2011

Lewis & Clark Overseas program to India, fall semester 2011, led by Dell Smith and Katie Walter.

New York City, Fall 2012
September 1 - December 20, 2012

New Zealand, Spring 2012
January 3 - May 1, 2012

Lewis & Clark Overseas program to New Zealand, spring semester 2012, led by Greg Hermann

Siena Memoryscape Project
January 1 - May 15, 2013