Last Chance: Ecuador and India Winter Break Courses

The deadline to apply for winter break short-term Study Abroad courses to India and Ecuador is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1. There are still a few slots open for each course — which are open to CWRU undergraduate and graduate students of any major — and financial aid may be used. The winter break courses are:

Ecuador: SASS 575/375: Health, Human and Social Development
CWRU students – Apply here for Ecuador
Dates of travel:  Dec 27, 2015 – Jan 9, 2016
Seminars: Sept 26,  Nov 21,  Jan 23

This 3-hour course provides an integrated approach to the study of multicultural issues related to policies and services that center around human and community development and healthcare in Ecuador.  Through visits in urban and rural Ecuador, you will be exposed to knowledge of the country’s history, biodiversity, environment, politics, economic system, social and health services, and the rich diversity of the people. You will visit programs in health and traditional medicine, environmental issues, education, child welfare, and trafficking in human persons.

Other experiences include shopping at a traditional open air market in Otavalo, visit to the equator, ziplining, and hiking volcanoes. A unique way of understanding the cultural diversity will be through home stays in small groups with Quichua indigenous families — a highlight for past students. We will also visit an Afro-Ecuadoran community. Another highlight of this trip is an excursion to Amazon rainforest where you will explore a different Ecuadorian lifestyle influenced by the native people, flora and fauna and traditional medicine.

Faculty: Mark Chupp, PhD ( and Francisca G.-C. Richter, PhD (
Fee $3,995 includes international airfare, in-country travel, most meals, accommodations, agency visits, guest lecturers, program fees, excursions, insurance abroad and cultural events.

SASS 575/375: India: Global Health and Social Development
CWRU Students – Apply here for India
Travel Dates: December 27, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Seminars: Sept 26, Nov 21, Jan 23

This course will cover visits to Mubai, the financial capital of India; Delhi, the national capital; Taj Mahal, the world’s seventh man-made wonder; and Jaipur, the historic Pink City of Royals. You will not only experience the challenges and opportunities of a rising economy but will also learn from the rich historic and cultural heritage of India. We will have workshops in Asia’s largest democratic leadership development and training institute; experience the social development program in world’s largest slum; visit the project of 2014 Nobel Laureate for Peace Kailash Satyarthi on child labor and trafficking; and learn from the world’s renowned “hole in wall” project. We will visit the Mumbai Stock exchange and the City of Lord Krishna Vrindavan. Experience natural beauty and an elephant safari in a historic royal fort.

The purpose of this 3-credit experiential course is to familiarize students with Indian social development and social policy issues in healthcare, poverty alleviation, non-formal education, and application of information communication technologies in addressing social problems. The trip will include guided tours to neighborhoods, field projects, health, social and educational institutions and government establishments. Daily lectures by practitioners and eminent Indian scholars and researchers will further enhance students’ understanding.

Faculty: Deborah Jacobson, PhD ( and Kyra Rothenberg, PhD

Fee $4,995 includes: international airfare, in-country travel, all meals, accommodations, agency visits, guest lecturers, program fees, excursions, cultural events and insurance abroad.