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Summer in Ecuador 2019

Intercultural Medicine in the Andes

Program Highlights:

Live in Quito and attend courses at the prestigious CIMAS Academy taught by a collaborative team of researchers and community educators, including Dolores Lopez, Jose Suarez, Fabricio Guaman, Eduardo Puente, Enrique Cachiguango, Edizon Leon, Luis Calderon, Remi Thinard, Cecilia Mantilla, Manuel Guatemal, Salomon Acosta, Fabian Palacios, Carmen Cumba, and indigenous medical specialists Maria Jesusa Serrano,  Susana Pupiales and Guillermo & Luis 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 Santillan
  • Discover how Quichua farmers practice medical ethnobotany
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Dr. Bonnie Bade 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 24 - July 12, 2019 (students should arrive by the afternoon of June 22)

Academic Focus:

  • Anthropology 301:  Culture and Medice:  Healers & Healing Practices or Anthropology 498:  Field Research
  • Spanish 201/266--Intermediate Spanish Language

Language 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 2019
  • GPA:  2.5 and above; good academic standing to departure
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  • 3 units ANTH 301 or ANTH 498. 
  • 3 units Spanish; typically only Intermediate Spanish 201/266


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, although whenever possible, we try to place two students together. 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 several days of field trips in neighboring cities (some overnight) with shared hotel accommodation provided in program costs.

Estimated Cost: 

$3,600* + Extended Learning Fees (estimated from $252-$572)

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

*Price drops to $3,400 if 13 students enroll into the program

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Please be sure to read the fine print concerning change fees, taxes, luggage restrictions, etc. before booking.  Whenever possible, book directly with an airline.  Do NOT purchase airfare until you have been given instructions from the faculty leader to do so.

To Apply:

  1. Attend an information session led by Program Leader, Bonnie Bade.
  2. Fill out the online application materials via the link below. All application materials must be received by Thursday, March 28 along with your non-refundable $300 deposit to the Office of Global Education.  Online payment preferred through CashNet.  Please be advised to choose E-check and enter your checking account details to avoid the 2.75% convenience fees applicable to all non-checking account payments. Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted.
  3. Final payment is due on Thursday, May 2 to the Office of Global Education.  CashNet payment is preferred as outlined above.  Payment of tuition related expenses ($252-572) will be billed by Extended Learning and appear on your Student Center, following the payment guidelines set out for Summer session. 
  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.

 CIMAS Homestay Application

For enrolled students:

Please do not purchase your airfare until you have heard from the Office of Global Education that the program is running!  Afterwards, please fill out the following form with your flight details: Flight Form

Attend an upcoming info session
Day Time Location
Tuesday, April 16 12:00-12:50pm ACD 302
Tuesday, April 23 12:00-12:50pm ACD 302
Tuesday, April 30 12:00-12:50pm ACD 302