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Summer in Ecuador

Summer in Ecuador 2016:  Intercultural Medicine in the Andes

 quechua women

Program Highlights:

Live in Quito and attend courses at the prestigious CIMAS Academy taught by a collaborative team of researchers and community educators, including Drs. Adolfo Muniz, Bonnie Bade, Dolores Lopez, Jose Suarez, Jorge Chavez, Jose Farinago, and indigenous medical specialists Matilde Farinago and Guillermo Santillan.

During your time abroad, you will:

  • Learn about traditional medical practices
  • Visit hospitals and clinics engaging in Intercultural Medicine
  • Study the worldview of medicinal healing from Shaman Jacha Santillan
  • Discover how Quichua farmers practice medical ethnobotany
  • Visit the Museum of Archaeology and possible site visit to active dig
Dr. Adolfo Muniz will be your program leader and primary lecturer on Medical Anthropology.  Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to engage with the indigenous population and consider how traditional healing can inform modern medical practice.

Academic Calendar:

June 6 - July 1, 2016

Academic Focus:

Course could be used for Anthropology 301/498; Sociology 495, 419 or 424; KINE 495/KINE UD Elective and may work toward requirements for Nursing, Global Studies, Communication, and Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Medical Professionals.

Spanish 201/266--Intermediate Spanish Language

Laquito cathedralnguage of Instruction:

English. No knowledge of Spanish or Latin American culture assumed.  (For students without formal training in Spanish, one semester's worth of beginning Spanish can be earned)


  • Class level:  Students with upper-division standing by the end of Spring 2016
  • GPA:  2.75 and above; good academic standing


3 units ANTH 301/498 or SOC 495/419/424  or KINE 495/KINE UD Elective.  Other courses might be possible; please consult faculty leader, Adolfo Muniz.

3 units Spanish


Upon arrival to Quito, participants will stay at an appointed hotel near the airport.  Thereafter, all program participants will be assigned to individual rooms with a homestay family for the duration of their stay in Quito.  The homestay environment will offer wonderful insights into the Ecuadorian culture and many practical benefits of Spanish language practice.  Most homestays can only accommodate one student.  Careful attention will be given to placing students in the environment best suited to their personalities and preferences.  Two meals a day (breakfast & dinner) and weekly laundry comes with your homestay placement.  Other meals can be purchased within an easy distance of the Academy.

This program also includes 4 days of field trips in neighboring cities with shared hotel accommodation provided in program costs.

Estimated Cost

TBD + Extended Learning Fees (estimated from $252-$572)

All fees include tuition, partial room and board (breakfast/dinner), medical insurance, and four days of excursions.  Daily lunch, airfare and personal expenditures are NOT included in the program cost.

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To Apply:

  1. Attend an information session led by Program Leader, Adolfo Muniz.
  2. Print out the application materials below.  All application materials must be received by Monday, April 6 along with your non-refundable $300 deposit to the Office of Global Education.  Only cash, checks, or money orders will be accepted.  Please make checks payable to CSUSM.
  3. Final payment of $3,150 is due on Monday, May 4 to the Office of Global Education.
  4. A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held with Professor Bade to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course.  Proof of attendance will be recorded.

Summer in Ecuador 2016 Application: 

For further questions, please contact the faculty leader, Dr. Muniz: