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  • Locations: Mariscal, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador; Tzawata, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: HC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Suggested GPA: 3.0
Language Requirement: Completed at least 301 ICIP Required: Yes
Housing Options: Homestay Community Based Learning: Yes
Ability to work abroad: No Board: Full Board
Other Requirements: Demonstrated interest in community-based learning (service learning) Click here for a definition of this term Visa required for U.S. passport holders: No
Earned Academic Credit: Yes
Program Description:
Quito, Ecuador
                                                                                           Quito, Ecuador 

Name:  Pachaysana - Ecuador
Location: Various Andean and Amazonian indigenous communities in the areas surrounding Quito
Program:  Rehearsing Change

What is Pachaysana?
Pachaysana is a community-based, fair trade study abroad option that unfolds across multiple Andean and Amazonian communities in the greater Quito area. In short, it works like this: two local Ecuadorian communities invite 5 to 12 international students to live in their community and study/create with an equal amount (or more) of community-selected counterparts. The international students will spend half of the semester in each community, completing two of their core courses in the first community and two in the second. Together the international students and local counterparts form a cohort. The cohort studies with highly-qualified university professors, professional artists and community educators, and they apply their studies through creative projects that confront global challenges at the local level. The "applied" nature of our program, meaning that studies lead to real projects, which are financed by student tuition, is what makes Pachaysana immediately sustainable.

The classes students take at Pachaysana are pre-prescribed. This program is excellent for students who are community service oriented, interested in de-colonial education, and flexible with their academic schedules. Pachaysana classes have "counted" towards Spanish, Sociology, and Anthropology requirements in previous semester. Students have also used these classes to fulfill social sciences, arts, and cross-cultural common area requirements. 

Check out the Pachaysana Compass, your comprehensive guide to all things study abroad in Ecuador! Continue reading below for a snapshot:

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Terms available:  spring semester (open to all majors)
Dates: mid January to mid-May (spring semester)
Start and end dates noted are tentative and subject to change.
Pre-university program: There is a 3-week Spanish-intensive course that links language instruction to an array of complex themes related to Ecuadorian history, culture, identity, and issues of social justice. See "Pre-Semester Course" at the bottom of this page for more details:
Registration Info: A semester with Pachaysana is equal to a full semester course load at Holy Cross. The Pachaysana "Rehearsing Change" program is unique in that there is a set curriculum. Click here to find syllabi for each of the classes you'll be taking as a part of this program:
ICIP required:  No

Institution website:
Program website:
Courses previously taken by Holy Cross students:
On left-side menu, click on Courses Taken Abroad for Holy Cross Credit then select program.
Visa fees: There is no student visa required for this program. For U.S. citizens, you can enter Ecuador with just your passport. You will be given an automatic 90 days on a tourist visa. After those 90 days, you will need to apply for an extension. The staff at Pachaysana will help you get the extension, but please prepare to pay the cost of the extension (approximately $150*).
*visa prices are always subject to change
Housing: Students will live with host families in Ecuador 

Grade equivalency sheet: Available on the Holy Cross Registrar’s website:

All information above is subject to change

For more information, please contact:
Emma Meade Assistant Director
Phone: 508-793-3090
Office:  Smith 213

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.