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Experience Ecuador - Spanish & Service Learning Summer School

Application Deadline: Jan. 05, 2024
Dates: June/July 2024
Location: Ecuador
Estimated Cost: $4,800 (Program fee)
Bursary amount: $1,500/$2,500
Physical activity requirement: Level 2


This four week program (in June/July 2024), organized by the Universidad Especialidades Espiritu Santo (UEES), combines intensive Spanish language instruction and travel and intercultural learning with service placements in community-based organizations in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. There are no Spanish pre-requisites required!

The academic program includes Spanish courses and courses in service learning. Other components include cultural activities, field trips to local sites, a homestay with a local family and the service learning activity itself.


  • Apply knowledge, skills and attitudes from tasks and projects in an international setting;
  • Outline the benefits of cross-cultural collaboration for work-related projects and tasks;
  • Build evidence of experiences and new learning (both personal and industry related) for portfolio development and the education of others;
  • Assess safety and risk pertaining to international travel to make informed decisions about traveling abroad;
  • To identify and reflect on the differences and similarities between Canada and Ecuador.


Subject to change

October 2023 - Applications launched

January 5, 2024 - Application deadline

January 2024 - Student selection 

February 2024 - Online pre-departure course begins

April 19, 2024 - Pre-departure conference

June/July, 2024 - Experience Ecuador Summer School

July  2024 - Evaluation and debrief

Fall 2024 - Celebration of learning

Student Eligibility

This program is open to students in all programs at NSCC who have an interest in learning a new language and volunteering in the community. Students must be in good academic standing.

Some international learning programs can fall under the Prior Learning and Assessment (PLAR) Procedures | NSCC. Students interested in this process should seek advice from a faculty advisor and academic chair prior to travel to review whether the international learning program could satisfy program or course outcomes.

Travel advice and advisories

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Cost Breakdown

Item Cost (estimated)
Program Fee (includes program fee, host family accommodations, program activities and some meals) $4800
Airfare (estimate) - student responsibility to book $2500
Passport and any associated fees (if having to apply for one) $200 travel insurance (mandatory purchased through - student responsibility to book $100
Immunizations & prescriptions (cost will vary depending on individual) $200 - $500
Transportation to and from Halifax airport (cost will vary depending on location) $200 
Other meals and incidentals (will vary depending on individual) $200
Items of personal nature, tourism activities and excursions outside of the program and souvenirs (varies depending on individual) $200

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