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  • Locations: Salasaca, Ecuador; San Clemente, Ecuador; Tinkiias, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Ithaca applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Areas of Study: Physical or Life Sciences, Environmental Studies Program Type: Ithaca College Short-Term
Domestic or Abroad: Study Abroad Program
Program Description:
For more information, please contact the instructor, Prof. Susan Allen-Gil at or the Office of International Programs and Extended Studies at

           Click here to take a look at our Summer 2013 group!
TRIP: May 22, 2018 - June 7, 2018

This course examines the ecology and cultures of the Amazon Basin through the lens of sustainability.  Through reading and discussing primary literature, historic accounts, and popular books, we will learn about the environmental and economic importance of the Andes and the Amazon River Basin, as well as the various cultures that have developed and adapted to this ecosystem.

We will investigate the threats to the Amazon Basin from agricultural development, mineral exploration, oil and gas operations, and tourism. We will explore community-based plans to achieve sustainability.

Our first immersion experience will be in the Quechua-Caranqe community of San Clemente that sits above the city of Ibara.  From there, we will transverse the Continental Divide, and enter the Amazon Basin, and the territory of the Achuar. Our third immersion experience will be in Salasaca, a predominantly agricultural and weaving community in the Andes.

All activities co-led by certified Ecuadorian guides. Students will attend two pre-trip class sessions at IC (arranged by students’ schedules).
Estimated cost: Approximately $3,950 plus airfare
(depending on number of students going and their personal fundraising).
Application deadline: February 23 (max 12 students)   ($35 application fee)
Deposit deadline: TBD
Final payment: TBD
For more information, contact:
Susan Allen-Gil
Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences
Susan Allen-Gil
Professor Environmental Studies and Sciences
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY 14850


This program is currently not accepting applications.