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Ecuador, International Development and Conflict
CARM/D 6625 Global Field Studies Practicum in Conflict Resolution (3 credit course)
Summer 2017


This practicum is developed around principles of multidisciplinary conflict resolution which promote scholarship of engagement 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.


Dr. Elena Bastidas, Associate Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

Contact information:, (954) 559-5068, Maltz Building, Room 1039

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Program fee:

The program fee is $1,500, includes (from the time you arrive in Ecuador).

  • Lodging,
  • 3 meals per day
  • local transportation
  • tour fees
This fee does not include:
  • Airfare
  • Tuition and NSU fees
  • Travel insurance (ask if you are covered by your nova insurance)
  • Medical insurance (ask if you are covered by your nova insurance)
  • Passport fees (if you don’t already have one)
Forms and Payment:

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Click here for Travel Release.

  • Deposit of $500 due by March 27, 2017.
  • Final payment of $1,000 due May 1, 2017.
  • All payments are nonrefundable. However, if the class is cancelled, all payments made to the university will be refunded. Please contact Dr. Bastidas about application and payment details.
Tentative Course Structure and dates:

This is a summer hybrid course that includes an online component and a two-week intensive program in Ecuador during June 15 to June 29, 2017. There will be 2 online sessions prior to the trip and 2 after the trip in Go To Meeting.

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

DAY2—Orientation and Introduction. Quito Historical City Tour.

DAY 3—Tour to Otavalo Indigenous Market

DAY 4—Visit to University, lectures; Visit to NGOs, presentations

DAY 5—Travel to Baños

DAY 6—Travel to Puyo, Amazon jungle

DAY 7—Travel to Cuenca

DAY 8—Travel to Loja –Vilcabamba

DAY 9—Understanding Sustainable Development and how it applies to your field of study

DAY10—Conducting data collection using participatory tools

DAY 11—Applying sustainability concepts to your field of study

DAY 12—Applying sustainability concepts to your field of study

DAY 13—Work on individual or group projects

DAY 14—Travel to Guayaquil

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 area and a bed and breakfast in Vilcabamba.

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