Quick Info

  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Biology, Environmental Studies
  • : March 9, 2019 - March 16, 2019
  • : In-State: $1,799; Out-of-State: $1,999
  • : November 4, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record

Academics

 This spring break program is designed to provide an introduction to tropical rainforests, ecology and Ecuadorian culture.  You will spend a week in the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest at the Andes and Amazon Field School.  The course utilizes the environment and community surrounding the site to enhance the your  learning experience.  The course will be field based with supporting discussions.  There will be two common readers from which discussions will be based.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Walter Carson will serve as on-site faculty for this program. He received his Ph. D. in 1993 with Richard Root at Cornell University, performed his postdoctoral studies with David Tilman at the University of Minnesota and Steve Hubbell at Princeton University, and joined the Department in 1994.

Housing

Spacious rooms look out on the river and forest. Double or triple occupancy. Bathrooms in room with abundant hot water. High quality mattresses for a good rest. Sleep to the sound of frogs, the river, and heavy rain on the roof. Wake to the sound of birds.

Three meals per day are provided in a dining room with an expansive view of the Napo River. A single menu du jour is served family style to all guests. Recipes include a mixture of Ecuadorian and American dishes with opportunities to savor Andean and Amazonian cuisine. Vegetarian meals are available. All meals are prepared with high standards of food safety.
 

Pricing And Dates

Spring Break 2019 Pricing & Dates:

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$1,799 $1,999
Arrive in Quito Depart Quito
March 9, 2019 March 16, 2019

Keep in mind that dates may change.  You should not book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Be prepared to purchase tickets as soon as accepted to the program, as spring break is a high season for traveling. You will receive specific arrival instructions from your Program Manager in your acceptance email. 

Other Important Dates: 

Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and next steps.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: November 9, 2018 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Ecuador Spring Break program fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 1 credit
  • Accommodation
  • Roundtrip transportation from Quito to the Andes and Amazon Field School
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner while at the field school
  • Cultural activities that coordinate with the course
  • International health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Pittsburgh to Quito (estimated at $1200)
  • Personal expenses while abroad
  • Additional meals and incidentals

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • You will fly into Quito, Ecuador and fly home from Quito, Ecuador at the end of the program. You are required to book your flights within the arrival/departure window set by your program manager.
  • The field school is tucked in the rainforest along the Napo River and located about 3 kilometers from the town of Tena. It is about a three hour bus ride from Quito to the Field School. If you get motion sickness, you may want to bring motion sickness medication.
  • You will have many opportunities to go into Tena via bus or local taxi
  • Classrooms are held in open air rooms.
  • Some classes will involve hiking in the forest for a few hours. Rubber boots are provided, but it's probably a good idea to bring a pair of hiking shoes.
  • While are you staying and living in a tropical rainforest, temperatures can still become cool at night or at elevation. Make sure to pack a light jacket, sweatshirt and pants.
  • Three meals a day are included. Accommodations for dietary restrictions and preferences can be made, but there may be limited alternative options based on the kitchen size and staffing. Important to purchase snacks as sometimes excursions in the field may delay a meal.
  • Flexibility is extremely important. Schedules may change.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • You will need to bring a laptop or tablet with you
  • There is internet and wifi, but it may be slower than you're used to in the U.S. There may be restrictions on using it at certain times throughout the day. You will still be able to communicate with your families, stay in touch with friends and use it for academic coursework.
  • There will be bugs. 
  • The juice at breakfast is phenomenal

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.