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Become An Exchange Student in Ecuador! ¿Como estas?

Jump on board for an exchange to the equator! Did you know that Ecuador literally translates to ‘Republic of the Equator’?  Renowned for its vast geographical climatically varied ecosystems, Ecuador has earned its place as one of the seventeen ‘megadiverse’ countries on the planet! Can you imagine yourself living as a WEP exchange student in Ecuador? Keep on reading to find out more!

If you like multicultural places, Ecuador is definitely one of them. The population is made up of several ethnic groups including Mestizo, Amerindian and Spanish, as well as more than 14 indigenous groups on the mainland! Differences can also be noted between people from the coast and from the Sierra, a mountainous region. They live and dress differently, and even have different physical appearances.

The Ecuadorian culture is very warm and polite. They rely heavily on body language and non-verbal communication. They will also ask many personal questions. Don’t take that as an intrusion, but rather as a way of getting to know you and enjoy your company!

Fun Facts About Ecuador:

  • Ecuador has various active volcanoes located within it’s borders, making it a country with one of the greatest densities of volcanoes in the world!
  • It is home to over 1,600 different bird species! This is more than TWICE the number of species located throughout North America and Europe – and even Australia.
  • There are only three species of vampire bats in the entire world.  All three of these bats are found in Ecuador!
  • Guinea pig is considered to be a delicacy in Ecuador.

Inspired to become a WEP exchange student in Ecuador?  In only a few short months you could be living the life as a local Ecuadorian, attending school and living with a volunteer host family. Submit a request below to find out more!

Upcoming Exchanges

Departure Duration Fee Application Deadline
January 2020 Short Term $ 8,950 24 September 2019
January 2020 Semester $ 10,550 24 September 2019
August 2020 Year $ 11,950 21 April 2020
August 2020 Short Term $ 8,950 21 April 2020
August 2020 Semester $ 10,550 21 April 2020

The above program fees are valid until 31/12/2019. Application deadlines are subject to change.

Included Extras

Two-night arrival orientation in Quito including sight-seeing and cultural orientation activities. Spanish language lessons.

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