Join API for an exciting and immersive international gap experience in Quito, Ecuador!

Participants can contribute to the local community through service projects such as organizing fun activities and social events for children staying at a local hospital, contributing to after school projects for at-risk youth, and teaching English through local community groups. Participants can also improve their Spanish language skills through the completion of a Spanish language and conversation course at a local language institute. One-month, two-month, and three-month placements are available.

This is a perfect opportunity to earn service hours between high school and the start of college!

PROGRAM TITLE: apply nowCommunity Service Program
MINIMUM AGE: 18 or high school graduate
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: Minimum of one year of high school Spanish

In Quito, students live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Ecuadorian culture, and may be made up of a retirement-age couple, a single woman with or without children, or a traditional two-parent household. Students are provided with two to three meals per day (except on weekends), as well as, laundry service once per week.

DATES & PRICES: Fall 1 August 14 - September 22, 2018 $3,690
  Fall 2 August 14 - October 20, 2018 $5,850
  Fall 3 August 14 - November 17, 2018 $7,950
  Spring 1 Early January - Early February, 2019 $3,690
  Spring 2 Early January - Early March, 2019 $5,850
  Spring 3 Early January - Early April, 2019 $7,950


A stable and peaceful destination within Latin America, Ecuador is recognized throughout the world for its biodiversity. Named for the equator that runs through the country, it is divided into four regions: la costa (the coast), la sierra (or mountains), el oriente (meaning east and referring to the Amazon rainforest), and the Galápagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands is the site of Darwin’s study of the diversity of species and the nature of evolution. Students will love exploring the beauty of Ecuador, while enjoying local culinary delicacies like ceviche (fish or shrimp “cooked” in lemon), locro (corn), llapingachos (potato cheese pancakes) and chugchucara (pork, hominy, potatoes, plantains and popcorn).

Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, is nestled in the Andes Mountains and is approximately two miles above sea level. Its population of nearly two million makes it the second largest city in the country. Prior to the arrival of the Incas in the 1400s, Quito was occupied by other indigenous groups. Following the fall of the Incas to the invading Spanish conquistadores in the 1500s, Catholic sects built elaborate churches and convents. Quito became a center of colonial administration and art. The city’s historic center was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978 and it is known for being one of the largest and most well preserved colonial areas in the Americas. Students can study this beautiful city and get to know the “serranos” or “Quiteños,” as residents of Quito are called, while enjoying a temperate climate with just two seasons (dry and rainy).

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