Ecuador - Quito

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Partner Organization:  Engineers in Action (EIA).

Location: EIA headquarters are located in Quito.  ISSLP students will receive orientation at the beginning of the program in Quito and will visit the city on some weekends for cultural activities. The remaining time students will live and work in a rural community. The assigned location for the project in the rural community will vary from year to year. EIA will determine the exact location of the project for the summer 2021 in late fall.

Number of Students:  4  students

Dates:  Flexible

In person opportunities summer 2021: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2021: To be determined

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Intermediate Spanish preferred, but beginners are welcome to  apply and are expected to take Spanish classes and/or attend tutoring language sessions during the spring semester 2021.
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  None
  • Major Requirement: Open to Civil or Environmental Engineering majors.  Other engineering majors are welcome to apply if there is an interest on environmental and/or water related issues.
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements:  Knowledge of basic hydraulics and water system design principals, being familiar with AutoCAD, topographic surveying and knowledge of water quality testing principals are preferred, but not required. 
  • Other:  Ability to walk long distances and work at high altitudes; willingness to learn about rural and indigenous Ecuadorian communities.

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment:  (The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the spring semester.)

  • First Aid & CPR
  • Self Defense

Site Description:  

Engineers in Action (EIA) is a US-based nonprofit organization with offices in Quito, Ecuador and La Paz, Bolivia. EIA works with partner communities in Ecuador and Bolivia to develop programs aimed at improving community health and well-being through implementation of infrastructure improvement projects. EIA’s Service Learning Program provides an opportunity for qualified students with an interest in international or cultural studies to live, learn, and work in a rural, Latin American community.

The program objectives are intended to benefit the community, the students, and EIA. Community benefits include cultural and technical interactions with students that can enhance the quality and sustainability of development programs being implemented in the community. Student benefits include developing a better understanding of rural, Latin American cultures; the challenges of developing practical engineering solutions for water sanitation and infrastructure projects in remote and impoverished regions; and the factors that impact the sustainability of development programs. EIA benefits include gathering of important data that can enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of ongoing programs and that will help to enhance the community’s health and wellbeing.

EIA headquarters are located in Quito. ISSLP students will receive orientation at the beginning of the program in Quito and will visit the city on some weekends for cultural activities. The remaining time students will live and work in a rural community. The assigned location for the project in the rural community will vary from year to year. 

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival/engagement.

This site will be in person for summer 2021. Virtual opportunities are still being determined.

In 2019 students worked in a project at the San Ramon Community, which had a sanitary system that was  no longer effectively working. The primary objective of the project was to analyze the existing system and to design improvements that accommodate existing and future flows and which can be maintained effectively by the community.  The main activities of the project included performing community family census, gathering mapping data across the community, completing topographic surveys of the project area (s), water testing, analyzing data, and had preliminary design for the proposed project. 

For the summer 2021, students are expected to work in a similar project in the community that EIA determines in early Spring.

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students will stay in a hostel in Quito during orientation and for cultural activities that take place in the city. In the San Ramon community, students will live with homestay families. Room and board and transportation within Ecuador are coordinated by EIA.

For More Information:

Engineers in Action website

Former ISSLP Participants:

 
*Did not deploy due to COVID-19 pandemic
 

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.

 

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