Quick Info

  • Andes and Amazon Field School
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business
  • : 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 course is designed to give you an understanding of Ecuador’s natural and cultural assets including art, chocolate, ancient cities and adventure destinations and how to best market them to the world.  This will be a hands-on experience where you will make your own chocolate, pottery and help locals prepare native crops as well as design promotions and refine and position their natural and cultural offerings for the global market.  This is a real world experience that will be invaluable in your career as a marketer or employee in global enterprise.

 This course is designed to give you an understanding of Ecuador’s natural and cultural assets including art, chocolate, ancient cities and adventure destinations and how to best market them to the world.  This will be a hands-on experience where you will make your own chocolate, pottery and help locals prepare native crops as well as design promotions and refine and position their natural and cultural offerings for the global market.  This is a real world experience that will be invaluable in your career as a marketer or employee in global enterprise.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Professor Skip Glenn has explored Ecuador as part of research and training done for El Museo de Ciencias Naturales in Quito and the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. His field experience has taken him from Loja Province in the south to Carchi Province in the north. Having worked with the native Shuar and local scientists, he has a deep appreciation for the natural and cultural heritage of this great Andean nation.

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 change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

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 Pitt in Ecuador Spring Break program fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 1 credit
  • Accommodation
  • Roundtrip transportation from Quito to the Andes and Amazon Field School
  • Cultural activities related to coursework
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner while at the field school
  • 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. Be prepared to purchase tickets as soon as accepted to the program, as spring break is a high season for traveling. Please wait for specific instructions from 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.