This program is embedded as part of the spring course titled Development in Action: Spring Faculty-led Study Trips. Limited to 12 students. Students will receive one grade for the full course in spring semester, and travel is REQUIRED as part of this program:

  • GDEV3502 Development in Action: Spring Faculty-led Study Trips
    (Spring 2024, Mon 11:40am - 12:55pm, Travel: March 30-April 7, 2024)

Course Description: This collaborative online international learning and community-based global learning course invites Cornell students to explore the complexities of culture and community and their impact on development, with students and faculty from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and community partners in Upstate New York and Quito. We will apply theories of cultural change, intercultural communication, and community empowerment to the study of development in both New York and Ecuador. We will engage in readings of theoretical texts, discussion of research on cultures of development, guest lectures from relevant community partners, and collaborative projects with USFQ student partners. Ecuadorian students will come to New York during their Spring Break for collaborative work and Cornell students will be hosted by USFQ in Ecuador during our Spring break.

This course counts as an elective in the Social and Economic Development concentration within the Global Development Major. It will also count as an elective in the Anthropology major.

The course counts toward the 120 credits that Cornell undergraduate students must earn for graduation. Depending on a student's college, the courses may also fulfill other requirements for electives, distribution requirements, or majors.

Program Community Partners

  1. Hogar Para Sus Niños
  2. Albergue San Juan de Dios Quito 
  3. Hacienda Verde 
  4. Cristo de Miravalle 
  5. Caminitos de Luz 
  6. Comedor de Ancianos María Auxiliadora Lumbisí
NEW YORK        
  1. Cornell Prison Education Program  
  2. CLASP
  3. Open Doors English 
  4. The Learning Farm 
  5. Buffalo ILR Co-Lab 
  6. Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County

Course Expectations

You'll be expected to:

  • Attend class daily.
  • Complete all assignments in a timely manner.
  • Read assigned materials in advance of each class period.
  • Participate in class discussions, case studies, seminars, and field trips.
  • Work collaboratively with community partners in the field in Upstate NY and Ecuador.