As part of this two-week winter program, you will travel to Ecuador with UW-Madison faculty members and a group of UW students where you will learn about the synergies between health and household economics; microenterprise and women’s empowerment; and protection of the environment and sustainable wellbeing for both rural indigenous populations and communities of the Intag Valley of Ecuador. You will learn about health and wellbeing from diverse voices – indigenous women working with a jewelry-making microenterprise, a midwife, an environmental activist, coffee farmers and a shaman to name a few. Topics will include the value of traditional healers, microenterprise as a means to empowerment and sustainable income generation, as well as local strategies to protect the environment.
The program’s activities will be carried out in Spanish with accompanied translation. Students are encouraged to carry out social relationships in Spanish, including a few nights in a homestay, but Spanish proficiency beyond a basic level is not a requirement. Activities will include several day hikes to visit certain sites and to explore Ecuador’s rich natural environment.
This program is approved as a field experience for the Certificate in Global Health, although students of all majors and certificates are welcome.
For winter intersession 2021, the application deadline is Friday, May 1st.This article was posted in International Education & Study Abroad.