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Summer in Ecuador 2018

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, 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
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 Dr. Ad 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 18 - July 6, 2018 (students should arrive by the afternoon of June 16)

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; LoTER will not be cleared)
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  • Class level:  Students with upper-division standing by the end of Spring 2018
  • GPA:  2.75 and above; good academic standing to departure


  • 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.  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 8 days of field trips in neighboring cities (some overnight) with shared hotel accommodation provided in program costs.

Estimated Cost: 

$3,300 + Extended Learning Fees (estimated from $252-$572)

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

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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, Ad Muniz.
  2. Fill out the online application materials via the link below. All application materials must be received by Thursday, March 29 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 3 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 Muniz to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course.  Proof of attendance will be recorded.

Summer in Ecuador 2018 Application: 

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer in Ecuador 2018.

Please check out for our upcoming winter programs or consider applying for a longer stay program such a semester this Spring 2019!

For enrolled students

Please fill out the following form with your flight details: Flight Form

Attend an Info Session Today!

Date Time Room
February 13 8:00-8:30am SBSB 2217
February 22 12-12:30pm SBSB 1105
March 1 5:30-6:00pm SBSB 3219
March 7 7:00-7:30pm

Info session will be online via Zoom (Campus video conferencing).  To join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Use Password: cimas2018

For further questions, please contact the faculty leader, Dr. Muniz: or stop by his office in SBSB 2223.