Participating Programs: Special Ed (K-8th), Elementary (K-8th), E.S.L. endorsement (K-12), ECE (K-3rd), Spanish (K-8th), Kinesiology (Elem).
The South American city of Cuenca, Ecuador is located in the highlands near the fabulous Andes at 8,400 ft. Often referred to as “The City of Eternal Spring” Cuenca is known for its mild temperatures year-round with only two seasons, rainy season and a dry season. With a population of over 400,000, Cuenca is easy to navigate and there is much to do. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cuenca is speckled with old and new Cathedrals, historic churches, amazing Spanish architecture, museums, and Monasteries. City parks are places where the young and old gather for dancing, music and crafting. Their popular market place provides tourist and locals alike with an incredible selection of fruits, vegetables, flowers, jewelry and items from their many craft traditions. Known for the famous Panama hat, one can observe how these hats are crafted while shopping for the best deal. Cuenca is also a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers with Ingapirca and Cajas National Park just outside of the city limits. The K-9th grade alternative school provides a Spanish-English dual language track with an emphasis on alternative curriculum and small class sizes. Leveled Spanish classes, dance lessons, lectures and cooking demonstrations are just part of the “extras” included in this unique home stay experience.
Housing Arrangement Description: Homestay with carefully selected families through non-profit organization includes room/board, laundry and basic transport
Orientation in Ecuador: Students will have a “meet and greet” in Guayaquil by staff, followed by several additional sessions while in Cuenca on various topics (e.g., initial mtg. with homestay family, cooking tips to avoid illness, getting around Cuenca, the school experience, weekend travel)
Additional Requirements: Three Orientation Meetings at Iowa State (Arranged)
For more information contact:
Dr. Linda Lind Office 1740A Lagomarcino, Phone: 294-2657
Ann Pierce Office: 0133 MacKay Hall, Phone: 294-3158