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Trip Highlights

  • Live in an indigenous community in the Amazonian rainforest
  • Learn about herbal remedies and uses in Andean and Amazonian communities
  • Hike into the Páramo and enjoy views of the high Andes
  • Visit schools, play soccer, make chicha, and participate in community projects
  • Work in a pre-Inca archaeological site
  • Visit La Mitad del Mundo monument at Quitsato to gain an understanding how ancient populations incorporated this into their daily lives and settlement patterns.

Scroll through the presentation below to see the trip at a glance

Ecuador Presentation 2016


ANT 2410

Cultural Anthropology: Special focus Indigenous Cultures of Ecuador


ANT 1920

Independent Work in Anthropology


Estimated Cost

The program fee for the study abroad program to Ecuador will cover:

  • Round-trip airfare from Florida to Ecuador
  • All in-countries transportation
  • All accommodations in-countries
  • All meals
  • Tours, museums, and other activity fees
  • International Insurance


The cost may vary based on the number of students who sign up, exchange rates, and other variables. Changes are likely to be less than $200.

Estimated costs not included in program fee:
Tuition $320 (3 credits)
Books $ 50
Passport $ 165
Tips $ 150
Country Entry/Exit Fees $ 44.30
Personal Spending Money & other expenses $ 120
Visas N/A
Trip cancellation insurance Suggested, ~$150 not included below
Immunizations $180
TOTAL = *This is an approximation, individuals will differ $ 1,029

Read through the Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy to understand payment expectations. This policy will accompany the Study Abroad Application form that you must fill out and sign to join a program.

Payment Plan

The payments expected for the program will follow the calendar below.

Amount Due Date
$125 (deposit + application fee) due with application
$1,200 November 20th, 2015
$1,625 (remainder) January 8th, 2016

Payment dates are subject to change. Participants will be informed via email if changes occur.

To make a payment, go to the Cashier's Office in the Northwest Campus. The Cashier's Office accepts payments in cash, by check and by credit card. You can make your payments over the phone.

More info here.

If you are not able to make a payment according to the dates assigned by Santa Fe College's International Education Office, it may still be possible for you to join the program; however you will likely incur increased costs.


Please visit the Center for Disease Control website at: for immunization information and requirements for Brazil.


In order to apply for this Study Abroad program and to Santa Fe College Study Abroad Scholarships please click here.

Student ePortfolio Testimonials

See the study abroad reflections and travel journals of students who have participated in this program. Like these students, you can also earn an International Studies Certificate by participating in study abroad. Learn more about this distinction program here.

Dates and Itinerary

Trip Dates: Monday, February 29-March 13, 2016


Day 1
  • Depart Florida Airport
  • Arrive Quito, Ecuador
  • Spend night at (TBA)
Day 2
  • Orientation by local guide
  • Explore Quito, declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity Site by UNESCO
  • Spend night at Hotel Quito
Day 3
  • Depart from Quito
  • Visit the La Casa del Alabado Museum to tour pre-colombian art from the most ancient cultures of America
  • Visit the “Center of the World” and discuss indigenous cosmo-vision
  • Spend night at community family houses
Day 4
  • Travel to the Otavalo market
  • Travel to the community of San Clemete, experience welcoming ritual and tour organic, herbal gardens
  • Spend night at community family houses
Day 5
  • Take cooking classes by your host and chef Martina!
  • Work with local school children, perception project
  • Tour entire community
  • Spend the night at community family houses
Day 6
  • Participate in a "Minga." Join community members to improve their neighborhood by cleaning streets or maintaining paths, teaching community about the importance of classifying garbage, improving a kids park, etc. ...
  • Hike to sacred volcano to hear local myths
  • Spend the night at Termas de Papallacta Complex
Day 7
  • Learn about suburban sprawl
  • Spend the night at Ruku Kausay
Day 8
  • TBA
Day 9
  • TBA
Day 10
  • TBA
Day 11
  • Depart from community after breakfast
  • Drive back to Quito
  • Enjoy farewell dinner
  • Spend the night at Hotel Quito
Day 12
  • Depart Quito airport
  • Arrive back in Florida

Faculty Leaders

Heather Hall

Heather Hall is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at SFC.  She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Caribbean, South and Central and South America as well as Hong Kong and other parts of China.  She has co-lead nine very successful study abroad trips with SFC, including study in Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Egypt.  This will be her 9th return student trip to Ecuador.


Joshua Crosby

Joshua Crosby has been an Adjunct Professor at Santa Fe College since January 2011.  He has taught classes at three institutions, both in the classroom and online, including General Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Multicultural Communication, Human Sexuality and Culture, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Global Health Culture.  He has a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Central Florida, and is currently a Ph.D. canidate at the University of Florida.  Josh is the undergraduate liaison office for the Florida Anthropological Students Association (FASA). His current research examines human-environmental relations, specifically traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), ethnobiology, foraging, and the cultural transmission of environmental knowledge.  His previous research examined tourism, development, poverty alleviation, and sustainability.  A former AmeriCorps volunteer, Josh has traveled extensively throughout Latin America.  He conducted research in Oaxaca, Mexico for 2 months for his M.A. thesis.   Currently he is working in collaboration with a ecology-based multidisciplinary group in Swaziland, Africa.  He has participated in four study abroad trips through Santa Fe.


Trips to Ecuador