Special Programming Opportunities



Ecuador: Puente Cultural Service and Teaching Abroad Grant

Ecuador: Puente Cultural Service and Teaching Abroad Grant

This year-long commitment involves volunteering at Fundación El Arenal, an alternative education center for children and adolescents of Cuenca, and teaching English at CEDEI, a popular language school in Cuenca.

Eligibility: Serves applicants with an Undergraduate degree (in various fields of study)
Region: South America
Location: Cuenca, Ecuador
Language: Spanish proficient 
Program Length: One Year
Additional Program Information: Puente Cultural Service and Teaching Abroad Grant [PDF]
Deadline January 31, 2018 Application

Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally in Quito, Ecuador

Rehearsing Change study abroad opportunity

Students will live part time in Quito’s historical center, working with the Nina Shunku association, a collective of urban artists and community educators, and part time in the rural community of Pintag, just outside of Quito, working with locals who, in the face of rapid urban growth, are trying to maintain their traditional identities. The Pachaysana Institute's Fair Trade Learning model will focus on the creation of projects (through our intense courses) with both these partners, and for this reason, it is crucial that we find quality students.

Eligibility:  Minimum 3.00 GPA for OSU applicants, passing of the USFQ Spanish Placement test. Additional requirements
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Language: Spanish
Program length: Fall Semester
Application Deadline: March 15, 2017 (Early Admission), April 15, 2017 (Regular Admission); students are encouraged to check the OIA site for OSU application deadlines which may be earlier than program deadlines.
Additional Program Information: Testimonials, Newsletter (details how Rehearsing Change plays into the overall Pachaysana mission), Gallery

Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain

Opportunity sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. The program is primarily devoted to providing US and Canadian students and graduates -majoring in any subject- who are native speakers of English or French with the opportunity to assist foreign language teachers in a variety of schools in Spain and to learn about Spanish culture and society and also about its education system. Those admitted into the program will assist teachers in English or French programs in elementary, secondary or language schools in Spain.

Eligibility: Minimum of a BA or BS by the end of the academic year preceding the start of the program, be a junior or a senior, or have become a university graduate.
Location: Spain
Language: Spanish proficient
Program length: Academic year opportunity (October-May)
Application period: Between January and April of each year
Additional program information