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Ecuador: Literature & Sociology

Combine English and Sociology electives with a visit to Ecuador in the Andes mountains.

Home to volcanic hot springs, indigenous villages, modern cities, spectacular sights,  breathtaking snow-covered peaks and countless butterflies, birds, frogs and orchids: Ecuador has to be seen to be believed

Date: January 1 - January 15, 2014

Cost: Approximately $2,300. Recommended $200 for personal spending and other meals. Tuition costs not included.

Program Cost Includes

  • 14 nights in a local hostel
  • Round trip airfare
  • Local transportation and guides
  • 14 meals
  • Entrance/admission to all attractions
  • Insurance (mandatory)
This amount does not include passport and visa fees, vaccination costs, tuition, any applicable baggage-handling feeds imposed by the airlines or entrance/exit taxes. Note: Estimated $200 for personal spending and other meals.

ActivitiesEcuador: Literature

Travel with TC3 to Ecuador, a beautiful mountainous country south of the
Equator in South America.

We will be based in the lovely colonial city
of Cuenca, designated a UNESCO Heritage Site, high in the Andes Mountains. Our itinerary includes pre-Incan ruins, a visit with a local Shaman, a stay in an indigenous community, visits to national parks and hot springs, as well as colorful markets and villages.

This is your opportunity to earn about globalization and migration up close, sample exotic tropical fruits and local cuisine, and ride a zip-line high in the Andes. It is an ideal trip for a first-time out of the country experience or for an experienced traveler who would like to see beyond the surface of a South American country.


Scholarships may be available for qualified students through the TC3 Office of Financial Aid, room 101.

Courses Offered

ENGL 149 Transformative Travel Writing
Study Abroad, 3 Credits

This course can be used to fulfill a Tompkins Cortland Community College liberal arts, humanities, or unrestricted elective requirement.

SOCI 149 Sociology Fieldwork
Study Abroad, 3 Credits

This course can be used to fulfill a Tompkins Cortland Community College liberal arts, social science, or unrestricted elective requirement.


Ecuador: LiteratureKris Altucher
is the associate dean of institutional research and an instructor of sociology. Kris has traveled extensively, lived and worked in Ecuador, and took the first group of TC3 students to Ecuador in January 2012. Contact Kris in room 229, at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4286, or by Email.

Merryn Clay
is an instructor of ESL and academic writing. She has spent more than five years teaching English in Ecuador and Chile. Contact Merryn in room 122, at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4281, or by Email.