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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
HWS  Short Term Summer Faculty Led Program
Ecuador: Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Practicum in Quito, Ecuador; 1 Credit
Led by: Audrey Roberson in partnership with the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS)

Ecuador Summer


Country Description:
High in the Andean mountain range, you’ll find the capital city of Quito, Ecuador. Quito combines modern infrastructure with centuries of history. The metro area fills the space between lush mountains and volcanoes, creating a gorgeous setting for living and exploring.

Beyond the cities, the Ecuadorian landscape unfolds in all its startling variety. There are villages renowned for their colorful textiles and sprawling markets, Afro-Ecuadorian towns where days end with meals of fresh seafood and memorable sunsets, and remote settlements in the Amazon where shamans still harvest the traditional rainforest medicines of their ancestors. With a dazzling array of wonders squeezed into this compact country the size of Colorado, Ecuador is a wonderful place for music, architecture, hiking, food, dancing, and sports.

Course Description:
The Ecuador program satisfies the practicum requirement for the HWS Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate, an entry-level credential required for many overseas jobs teaching English, but it is an opportunity for any students interested in teaching to become immersed in a supportive EFL setting. You will have the unique experience of being both language teachers (working alongside an EFL teacher in Quito), and language students (learning or perfecting your Spanish, and experiencing intercultural exchange through a homestay with an Ecuadorian family).

In addition to working in a local classroom and learning Spanish, you will learn how to describe the English language using linguistic terminology, and will become familiar with current best practices in teaching English to Spanish speakers during a daily seminar. Learning a new language and navigating a new culture is a humbling experience which allows language teachers to better empathize and connect with their students. For HWS students interested in teaching abroad, the preparation that the Quito program will provide is ideal.

Themes and Focuses of the Course:
  • Understand the variety of historical and contemporary EFL teaching approaches, their associated methods, and the contexts in which they might prove effective
  • Develop effective language pedagogical practices and classroom management skills, including the abilities to choose appropriate methods for different contexts, and to design successful lessons for various language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, writing)
  • Develop effective spoken and written communication skills         
  • Design and complete a culminating project (such as a reflective essay, a unit of curriculum, or a paper based on an interview with a TEFL expert)                                                                     
Faculty Director:
Audrey Roberson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Education at HWS and has extensive experience as an ESL/EFL teacher and an applied linguistics researcher. In collaboration with her department, she developed the TEFL Certificate program, which she currently directs. Professor Roberson grew up speaking Spanish and is fully bilingual. She holds a BA in Spanish and International Studies, is a former high school Spanish teacher, and has traveled and studied extensively throughout Latin America. Professor Roberson can be contacted at

Travel Dates:
Dates: June 07 2019- June 28 2019.

HWS Info Session:
Tuesday, Sept 11, 2018. 7:30pm, Merritt Hall 100

Application Deadline:
Monday, October 15, 2018 by 11:59pm (Apply online)
Deadline extended until 10/29

Itinerary Highlights:
  • City tour of Quito
  • Visit to La Mitad del Mundo (the Equator)
  • Day trip to the cloud forest of Mindo. More than 450 different types of birds, numerous species of exotic butterflies, and a variety of reptiles call this cloud forest home
  • Attend the local Saturday market, where artisans sell their weaving and other handcrafts famous in this region
  • Overnight excursion to Otavalo, a vibrant city surrounded by volcanoes
  • Live with a local Ecuadorean family (homestay)
  • Work alongside an English as a Foreign Language teacher in Quito
Housing and Meals:
Homestays will be with vetted families in the Quito area and will be arranged for all students through ACLAS. Students will be able to practice Spanish, experience daily life in Quito, gain insights into the local culture and realities and eat 3 delicious homemade meals a day with their homestay families. During the short excursions arrangements will be made with local hotels to house students in double-occupancy rooms.

Students will be expected to budget for all meals on travel/excursion days at approximately $7-10 USD per meal ($100-150 total).

Group flights will be arranged by the CGE and accepted students will be notified of the cost and booking info for the flight once it’s available. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the group flight offered through Advantage Travel. There is an option to have this cost billed to your student account.

Passports and Visas:
All students will need a passport valid until at least 6 months after the return date of this program to participate. Visas are not required unless you are not a U.S. citizen AND are from one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Senegal, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). Citizens from these countries should see Anthony Mandela in the CGE about visas as soon as you are accepted.

Ecuador does not present a noteworthy health risk. Nonetheless, most travelers choose to receive Hepatitis A and typhoid immunizations prior to travel. The program takes place in a no-risk yellow fever zone but you can review the CDC's yellow fever world map here. Please also check the CDC website to read more about the recommendations for travel to Ecuador. If you choose to get immunizations on your own, you can do this at a local medical clinic near your home - use this link to find travel medicine clinics. You could also discuss travel vaccinations with your home doctor or contact one of the Passport Health offices in Canandaigua, Rochester or Syracuse who provide travel immunizations. Their contact number is: (585) 275-8884.

Ecuador FlagIII. Eligibility

Course Pre-requisities:
  • All accepted students will be required to attend a Readers College in the spring prior to the program, which will meet weekly and will be worth ½ a credit. All accepted students will need to register for this course in January. Professor Roberson will lead the Reader's College course which will function as an orientation to the summer program and prepare students for the in-country course
  • Ideally, applicants will have at least one of the following: 1) beginner-level Spanish proficiency; 2) completion of at least one of the required courses for the TEFL Certificate (EDUC 115, EDUC 230, EDUC 231, EDUC 336, and an elective such as ANTH 115), or 3) enrollment in the Teacher Education Program (TEP). However, since the TEFL Certificate and this study abroad program are new, we are willing to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis for other motivated and qualified students.
  • While some knowledge of Spanish is preferable for applicants, it is not a requirement. We will assess students’ Spanish proficiency and place them accordingly into language classes once they arrive in Quito. The Readers College will also focus on Spanish as appropriate for the class proficiency level.
Important note on Application Criteria and Course Credit for Short-term Programs.
Qualified first-years, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors and MAT students may apply. First-years, sophomores and juniors will have priority, and seniors and MAT students will be admitted on a space-available basis.
GPA Requirement:
Students applying for this program should have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA. In the case of first-year students, we will have to wait until your fall grades are in before we can formally admit you. Provided there are spaces available, first years with successful applications may be given a conditional offer based on achieving at least a 2.5 gpa in the fall semester.

Course cross-listings and credit:
This experience will satisfy the practicum component of the HWS Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate. While the proposed Quito program is open to any student interested in teaching and cultural immersion, it will provide TEFL Certificate students with an opportunity to travel and work alongside like-minded HWS students.

Students in the Education Department’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) may be able to count the Quito program as one of their required early field placements. The program may also count as an elective for the Educational Studies major, or toward the Educational Studies minor. Spanish, Economics, Anthropology, and/or Psychology Students who want to participate in the Quito program may also possibly receive major/minor credit for this program as there will substantial opportunities for students to focus on aspects of Spanish language, South American politics and economics, and/or the intersection of language and culture. 

Advisors in related fields may allow you to count the course for major/minor credit and is also possible to use this course to fully satisfy a goal requirement, particularly Goal requirement #7—multiplicity of world cultures. Students should always discuss major/minor and goal requirements with their advisor and department chair in advance.


Program Fees:
Ecuador program fees will be approximately $2,550-$2,800* for the 3-week program, which will cover tuition, accommodation, all meals, international mandatory health insurance, entrance fees, day trips and excursions.

Students should budget an extra $150-200 above and beyond the program costs for the lunches and dinners on travel and excursion days. Students will also need to budget for round-trip airfare at approximately $1,000, books at $200, and a non-refundable administrative fee of $100 charged for all faculty-led short-term programs. The administrative fee will show up as a separate charge (separate from the program fee) billed to your student account.
*Costs are subject to change based on currency fluctuations, changes in costs of services provided and the number of students confirmed on the trip.

Click below to access our comprehensive budget estimator, which includes an estimate of all expenses:
Ecuador Budget Estimator (Excel)
In an effort to assist students in financial hardship wishing to participate in a short-term program, there is a limited pool of HWS funding available. If you are accepted to this program, we will invite you to submit a funding application. Funding will be allocated on a need basis and we will contact the financial aid office to verify your need status. We will also contact the Student Affairs office and the Dean’s office to access your social/disciplinary records as part of determining your eligibility for funding. We will let you know whether you have been awarded funding before the deadline by which you are required to put down a deposit for your place on the program.

Payment Schedule and Program Timeline:

After applying and being accepted to the program, students will need to make a $500 deposit in person to Student Accounts in Demarest Hall to hold their place in this program. This amount will be credited to your student account and will be applied to your program cost.
 Application Deadline  DUE: Oct 15, 2018  by 11:59pm online
 Decision Date  Nov 06, 2018  
 Funding/aid Applications  DUE Nov 06 2018 complete as part of essay section of application
 Funding Decisions Made  Nov 19 2018  
 Deposit Deadline  DUE: Dec 05 2018  $500.00
 Program Billing Date  Feb 11 2019  Balance charged to student account
 Final Payment  DUE: Mar 30 2019  Remaining balance due*

*Please note: Students must make the initial non-refundable deposit to Student Accounts in Demarest Hall. Program fees for the remainder (lump sum) of program will be automatically billed to the student accounts separately.

Cancellation Policy:
The initial $500 deposit is non-refundable. Students will be responsible for additional expenses beyond the $500 if they withdraw from the program while it is in progress or 90 days or less before the program begins. Specifically, students will be held accountable for any expenditures made by HWS on their behalf that the CGE is unable to recoup from any untimely withdrawal, such as housing deposits, non-refundable hotel reservations, excursion deposits, etc.

Questions? If you have questions about this program, please contact Anthony Mandela in the Center for Global Education at 315-781-3663 or


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.