This Opportunity is Currently in Draft


Program postponed until Winter 2026

Opportunity Description

Developed with the support of Cornell's David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement, Politics of Sustainable Development in Latin America is a multi-term, four-credit course that will bring students onsite in Ecuador during the January term. Students will travel to Quito, Ecuador to begin their field study at Cornell's Global Hub partner institution, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). Following their in-country orientation, students will then relocate to the indigenous community of Sacha Waysa in the Amazon region of Ecuador to work with local partners and the Yakum Foundation on projects related to biodiversity, agroforestry, reforestation, food sovereignty, and community planning. Having met with partners from the Yakum Foundation virtually and learned about the challenges of sustainable development in the Amazon region during the fall course module, students will connect in-person in Ecuador to bring their projects to life on the ground..

Group photo in Ecuador Amazon


Program Dates:

January 4-14, 2024

Program is embedded as part of a multi-term course titled Politics of Sustainable Development in Latin America. Limited to 12 students. Students will receive one grade for the full course in spring semester, but MUST enroll in ALL THREE course modules:

  • GOVT 3613/LATA 3612 Politics of Sustainable Development in Latin America 1
    (Fall 2023, Second Seven Week, Oct - Dec, 2023)
  • GOVT 3614/LATA 3614 Politics of Sustainable Development in Latin America 2
    (Winter 2024, Tentative - January 2-16, 2024)
  • GOVT 3623/LATA 3623 Politics of Sustainable Development in Latin America 3
    (Spring 2024, First Seven Week, Jan - March, 2024)


Ken Roberts, Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government, College of Arts & Sciences

2019 Internship Photo from Ecuador



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