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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


SOS Ecuador-students

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In this immersive program, students will learn from one of the most emblematic indigenous groups in the Americas to explore challenges and possible solutions for sustaining the Amazon. Students will be based at the heart of the rainforest learning experientially and experimentally about sustainability, bioculture, rivers, and ecological management. Learning will happen in direct contact with highly biodiverse ecosystems and their indigenous stewards. Upon completion of this hands-on program, students will be able to combine indigenous and scientific knowledges towards water management, biomonitoring, wildlife restoration, eco-tourism and other sustainability solutions.

Quick Facts

  • May 12-30, 2020
  • This program is eligible for $1,000 Walton Global Sustainability Studies Scholarship
  • Be immersed in the most biodiverse rainforest on earth.
  • Hear stories and songs from indigenous people born before contact with the outside world. 
  •  Partner with Waorani one of the world’s most emblematic indigenous groups to find biocultural solutions for a sustainable Amazon.
  • Combines experimental and life changing experiential learning to acquire skills for working toward a more participatory and sustainable world.
  • Visit our webpage, as a study abroad student in this program you will be contributing and participating in this larger initiative
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  • Please check out a promo video for more information!  


Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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Location Details

Founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city isolated in the Andes at 9,250 feet altitude, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The city was added to the UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in 1978. It forms a harmonious ensemble where nature and humans are brought together to create a unique and transcendental work.

Tena, the capital of the Napo Province, is a city in the Amazon rainforest known as the “cinnamon capital" of Ecuador. Tena is an attractive place where many travelers find themselves hanging around quite happily for days before or after a trip into the rainforest. While it won’t win architectural prizes anytime soon, Tena has a friendly population, a gorgeous setting surrounded by jungle-covered hills, and a lively malecón.

This is a very small Waorani community in the midst of the Amazon forest by Yasuni National Park. Gomatan is only accessible by canoe and surrounded by lush rainforest. Omanka and Ore are the elders and will welcome you to their traditional long house. We will stay at an accommodation built on purpose to host study abroad students by a small lagoon near Gomatan


Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • All students are welcome, undergraduate and graduate
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Non-ASU students should view the following application instructions


Students will enroll in two courses for 6 credits total

Course #1: SOS 498/594:Indigenous Approaches to Sustainability Solutions (3)

Course #2: BIO 494/591: Flood Pulse Ecosystems and Indigenous Food Systems (3)

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Faculty Director

David Manuel-Navarrete
Associate Professor
School of Sustainability

John Sabo
School of Life Sciences

   David Manuel-Navarrete

John Sabo



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Program Housing

Housing at Iyarina: 
Students will be housed in dorms. Three students to a room in rooms that look out on the river and forest. Bathrooms will be in room with hot water. Sleep to the sound of frogs, the river, and heavy rain on the roof and wake to the sound of birds!

Open air classrooms overlooking the Río Napo with projection and outlets for laptops are located on the same campus where students and faculty are housed. Fire pit and smaller spaces for group discussion.

Three meals per day are provided in the riverside dining room.  A single menu of the day is served family style to all guests.  Recipes include a mixture of Ecuadorian and American dishes with opportunities to savor Andean and Amazonian cuisine. Vegetarian and children’s meals are available.

Housing in the Waorani community:
Accommodation facilities in the Waorani community will be in a wooden house including 5 rooms with bunk beds, 4 bathrooms, and a comfortable study area. This accommodation is in a rural setting and hot water may not be available.    

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. The Indigenous Sustainability in the Amazon program, access to housing in the Waorani reservation requires climbing up and down a 5-minute trail from the river.  Furthermore class participation requires the ability to hike through forest for an hour at a time.  Although the trails are safe they sometimes require the ability to step over fallen logs and other normal forest barriers. Students must also be able to climb in and out of canoes.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Ecuador, public transportation and most public and private buildings lack accessible facilities for students with mobility disabilities. Sidewalks and ramps are often in disrepair.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Ecuador, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals can and does occur, and students may find local police to lack meaningful response to incidents. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Ecuador, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $5,665.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 6 credits, international health insurance, ASU faculty support, site visits and cultural excursions, all housing, ground transportation, and most meals.   
Not included: international airfare, passport, books and personal expenses. 

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.