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CARMD Global Practicum 2019

Global Field Studies Practicum in Conflict Resolution (Ecuador)

CARM/D 6625: Global Field Studies Practicum in Conflict Resolution
Instructor: Dr. Elena Bastidas | (954) 559-5068


This course is developed around principles of multidisciplinary conflict resolution which promote interaction in communities through research, learning, and practice.  The theme of the course is International Development and concentrates on providing the theoretical and practical skills to understand the interaction between conflict and development, preparing students to work towards attaining sustainable development initiatives. As part of the course, students travel to the Coastal, Andean and Amazon Regions of one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. In these different ecosystems students are exposed to diverse communities of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, who share with students their experience and career journeys.  For their final project students are expected to work with a partner organization developing research, training, or consultancy projects where students apply theoretical concepts within a practical framework.

This course is open to all graduate students.  Students can take it as a practicum or an elective course.  This course is accepted as an elective for all concentrations in DCRS.

Participation Information (How To Sign Up!)

  • Register for the class with your academic advisor during open registration
  • Pay the required $500 deposit by 4/15/18
    • Preferred payment method: Online with credit card using NSU's Marketplace 
    • Students who are unable to pay with a credit card may pay with a check in the Office of International Affairs.  Make the check out to 'Nova Southeastern University' and be sure to include the following information:
      • Your Full Name (if different from name on check)
      • N#
      • CARM-D 6625
  • Submit your completed application form to the Office of International Affairs by 4/15/18
  • Complete all required pre-departure components of the course and as required by the Office of International Affairs.

Required Documents


This is a summer hybrid course that includes an online component and a two-week intensive program in Ecuador during June 8 to June 22, 2018. There will be 2 online sessions prior to the trip and 2 after the trip in Go To Training.

After an orientation and introductory sessions a charter bus takes the group to different locations of the Ecuadorian Coast, Sierra, and Amazon. In each location there will be a combination of practicum activities, in addition to tours, and development project visits.

  • DAY 1 – Students arrive to Quito
  • DAY 2 – Orientation & Introduction: Guest Speakers
  • DAY 3 – Quito/Ecuador Historical, Cultural and Political background city tour
  • DAY 4 – State of Mediation/Negotiation/CR in Ecuador.  Travel to Baños
  • DAY 5 – Travel to Projects: Conflict between NRM and Indigenous People
  • DAY 6 – Field trip, the Amazon jungle
  • DAY 7 – Travel Guayaquil
  • DAY 8 – Visit Mining Company CAR analysis with owner and community leaders
  • DAY 9 – Travel to the Coast- Sondeo of small fisherman
  • DAY 10 – Field trip: Isla de la Plata and Whale watching
  • DAY 11 – Visit Coastal Projects
  • DAY 12 – Applying sustainability concepts to your CAR field of study
  • DAY 13 – Work on individual or group projects
  • DAY 14 – Presentation of project drafts – meeting with organizations if necessary
  • DAY 15 – Depart from Guayaquil International Airport

Lodging accommodations:

During the trip we will stay at Hotels in the city of Quito and Guayaquil, hostels in the rural areas


Projected Cost — $1,500 

  • Deposit of $500 due by April 15, 2018
    • Application form MUST also be submitted to the Office of International Affairs by deadline.
  • Final payment of $1,000 due by May 1, 2018
  • All payments are nonrefundable. However, if the class is canceled, all payments made to the university will be refunded.
  • Make payments by credit card using the online Marketplace  


  • Lodging
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Local Transportation
  • Tour Fees

Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • Tuition and NSU Fees for the Course
  • NSU's Mandatory Travel Insurance
  • Passport & Immigration Fees (if required)
  • Personal Expenses

Students requesting accommodations for travel study should contact
Student Disability Services at or (954) 262-7185. 

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