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Ecuador Summer Course

This program will NOT be offered this summer.

Program History

Initiated in 2009, The Ware Institute and International Programs partnered with Social Entrepreneur Corps to develop a summer community-based learning experience for students interested in non-government organizations (NGOs). In 2012, the Ware Institute partnered with the Spanish Department to create a 2 credit course, International Studies and Spanish 101 or 201.

The Program 

Application Dates:
October 8-February 3, 2014 

The application is only open during these dates.

*Program Cost: $6,400

For more detailed information about program cost, out-of-pocket expenses and scholarship funds, please visit the Ecuador Trip Details and Application web page.

*Program Dates:
May 19-30 at F&M, June 1-July 27 in Ecuador.

The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement, the Office of International Studies, the Spanish and Government Departments and Social Entrepreneur Corps**(SEC) invite students to apply for this exceptional  community-based learning internship for credit opportunity.

Students spend two weeks of classes and training at Franklin & Marshall and eight weeks as development consultants in the field working alongside trained Social Entrepreneur Corps staff. Students are placed in north and south regions (La Sierra & Amazon). Students gain insights into the opportunities, inherent risks, and limitations involved in developing regions.

In the spirit of community solidarity and engaged learning, Ware Institute programs have a strict conduct policy and are drug free.
*Dates and costs may be subject to change.
  • 2013 Ecuador Students

Ecuador Course Description

Credit:  2 F&M Credits

  • IST 335, International Studies

  • Spanish 102, 201 or 270

Students have ample opportunity to significantly increase language proficiency, observe, learn, and live in a diversity of cultural settings. They experience home-stay living with local families and have the opportunity to visit an array of development and relief organizations. Students are given the opportunity to make a significant contribution in a highly structured manner, working side by side with field-based social entrepreneurs.
Reciprocity is one of the key elements in a successful community-based learning oppor-tunity; how would our students contribute to the community that they are working in?

Students contribute incremental human resource support in the field, contribute new ideas and fresh perspectives, as well as consulting support in the following areas:

  •     needs analysis
  •     feasibility analysis and pilot implementation
  •     organizational & entrepreneurial support and training
  •     project organizational and  entrepreneurial evaluation

Students contribute to organizational and field financial support. Students particularly support women entrepreneurs during their village campaigns and gather the necessary information for Para La Comunidad. Students will help initiate and build-out a new micro-franchising product or service delivery channel initiative.

Program Leaders

  • Stephanie McNulty, Assistant Professor of Government
  • Donna Chambers, Director of Community-based learning,  Spanish Department 
  • Sue Mennike, Associate Dean for International Programs assists with scholarships, program travel and visa details.
  • Susan Dicklitch, Ph.D. Associate Dean of the College and Director, The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement and Professor of Government, oversees the program logistics and budget. 
  • Social Entrepreneur Corps manages all aspects of the program in Ecuador.


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  • Social Entrepreneur Corps is unique for many reasons. Their programs are designed by and run by seasoned development professionals who are creating innovative and sustainable solutions for rural villagers every day.

    SEC allows you to experience the culture, meet the people, learn how to help others make their small businesses flourish.

  • Ecuadorian cuisine

    Homestays give students a wonderful experience with the food, culture and landscape of Ecuador.