Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Otavalo, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
As part of the Global Health (GLBHL) minor, students must complete a supervised fieldwork experience, either internationally or domestically, for a period of five weeks during the first summer session i.e. May-June. Throughout their field work experience, students will engage in a range of inter-cultural encounters and gain broad knowledge of global health issues in the resource-poor context. More specifically, they will work in pairs or small groups, under the guidance of an on-site coordinator and supervisor, to observe and, where appropriate, contribute to locally relevant projects that serve to understand and address global health inequities.
Prior to their entry to the fieldwork program, students must complete a semester-long preparation course (i.e. BB H 390A), which aims to ensure their logistic and academic readiness to travel. Following their return to campus, they are encouraged to engage in an interactive workshop during which they will be asked to reflect upon and share their field experiences, as well as consider how their greater appreciation and knowledge of global health issues may be integrated into their personal and professional goals and plans.
Students' direct experience and interactions with local communities serves to deepen their understanding of the complexity of global health issues and interventions, as well as develop the core competencies needed to work cooperatively and respectfully with diverse groups in a global health setting. The fieldwork experience also encourages students to become independent and active global citizens who engage in meaningful two-way exchanges of knowledge and ideas for the purpose of contributing to the development of society.
This five-week field work placement will take place in the beautiful South American country of Ecuador. Students will undertake fieldwork in Quito with multiday side trips to Oltavalo and Cuyabeno National Park. Spending the first three weeks in Quito students will visit numerous clinical sites from a large government hospital to small community clinics. Each weekday students will spend a portion of their time learning Spanish in small classroom settings and each week they’ll attend seminars focusing on global health issues across the country. Weekends students will have the opportunity to visit the Equator, visit a world famous indigenous market and engage in numerous other cultural outings. During their last two weeks students will travel to Cuyabeno National Park and have an opportunity to explore Ecuador’s indigenous health clinics and healing traditions, and gain an understanding of the importance of environmental protections and initiatives in the Amazon region.
Summer: May 16 - June 20, 2020
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
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