The Amauta Spanish School is a non-profit organization devoted to education and research on social and environmental issues in South America, with special emphasis on Ecuadorian studies. The school is located in the historic center of Cuenca, known for its colorful flower and handcraft markets, art galleries, colonial churches and variety of shops. http://www.amauta.edu.ec/
Academic classes for Lewis and Clark students at Amauta focus on language, culture, and the biology of Ecuador. Following an orientation in Quito, the program is based on Cuenca and includes two academic trips, one to the Amazon jungle and another to Zamora in the southern part of Ecuador, as well as visits to local points of interest. Students live with host families in Cuenca. This program fulfills the two-course international studies requirement, as well as the overseas study requirement for a Latin American Studies minor.