Academic programs in ecuador

  • internships in Ecuador for international student of global citizenship, volunteering in Quito
  • International internship in Quito for study abroad students and volunteers
  • A service learning project for an international student volunteer on an internship
  • Cuenca internship for global citizenship student volunteering with local organization in Ecuador

Global Citizenship, Service Learning, Study Abroad, Gap Year Experience . . .

Yanapuma began offering programs for international students in 2007. Since then we have worked with a wide variety of organizations, universities, colleges, and high schools, creating individualized programs to achieve the specific aims of each organization. We offer programs that fall within the categories of global citizenship, service learning, study abroad and gap year, each with its own specific requirements. Click on the links on the right to learn about the possibilities in each area.

With a wide range of contacts in Ecuador we are perfectly placed to connect individual students and groups to communities and grass-roots projects that are struggling to create sustainable change at the local level. We maintain a commitment to these groups, and with our team of dedicated coordinators we look forward to being able to organize suitable programs, creating a win-win situation for both sides.

We can also set up research opportunities and internships for individual students, from one month and upwards, offering help with research site selection, development of data-gathering methods, logistical support and office facilities for students.

Global Citizenship - concepts and practice
The concept of Global Citizenship encompasses sociocultural, political, economic and environmental factors as students experience at first hand the reality of being from the "other side" of the development process. As such it implies critical and transformative elements as students develop their understanding on both social/political and personal experiential levels. The experience of immersion in a new context in combination with relevant academic support provides an intense learning environment that will transform both social/political awareness and personal awareness, informing future academic and professional development.


Our approach is part of the ongoing dialogue between various actors in the sustainable development environment.

Click here to read about the core problems facing indigenous and marginalized communities in Ecuador