FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2005
Study-Abroad Program Heads for Ecuador
Students at College of the Canyons can begin learning Biology and Spanish language and culture this winter, then leave the confines of the classroom to continue their studies at the world's equator through a study abroad program in Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands from Jan.6 through Jan.15, 2005.
"The study abroad program to Ecuador offers students the unique experience of traveling to the Andes, to the beautiful colonial city of Quito with its plazas, churches, convents, and gardens, and to study surrounded by the most beautiful architecture in Latin America," said Claudia Acosta, foreign language professor at College of the Canyons who will be accompanying students on this trip.
The program also includes an international flight from Los Angeles to Quito, a domestic flight from Quito to the Galapagos Island, all transfers made by car, a private tour guide, a 5-night accommodation in Quito and a 4-night accommodation in Galapagos. Most meals are included, with a welcome and farewell dinner.
Some stops in Quito will include the plaza of Half of the World (Equatorian Line), Scientific Museum, Pre-Colombian Museum, Convento of San Francisco (the biggest convent in the Americas, and Catholic University. While in Quito, students will also visit the indigenous artesan town of Otavalo, famous for its weavings and crafts. Students will get to visit the Galapagos Islands of Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Plazas and Seymor, as well as visit the Charles Darwin Research Center.
Students can take up to seven units of credits in Spanish and Biology courses in this study abroad program. Courses include Contemporary Issues in Environmental Biology, Organismal and Environmental Biology, Conversational Spanish, and Language and Culture: Latin America. A mandatory orientation for students taking the trip will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday Dec.5 in room R-206 in the College of the Canyons library.
For more information regarding the study abroad program to Ecuador, call Professor Claudia Acosta at (661) 362-3530 or Professor Miriam Golbert at (661) 362-5927.