Ecuador is one of the most fascinating destinations in South America with its array of vibrant cultures, historical colonial architecture, volcanic landscapes, and dense rain forest – all in a nation no bigger than Nevada! Ecuador’s traditional arts, textiles, and ceramics are based in a culture that dates from around 3200 B.C. The country is comprised of four distinct regions – the highlands, coastal areas, rain forest, and the famous Galapagos Islands – all making Ecuador an exciting country for you to discover.
By living with a host family and attending a local school in Ecuador you’ll have the opportunity to really get to know this vibrant, exciting culture. You’ll be able to skyrocket your Spanish and make tons of new friends. Ecuadorian society values family and friendship, so your host family will welcome your participation in daily activities. Hanging out with friends and family is also a great way to further perfect your Spanish language skills. You’ll meet other AFS participants at orientations, and possibly take part in an optional trip to the Galápagos Islands at an additional cost. Throughout the year, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit amazing cultural sites like the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon jungle. You won’t just be studying abroad, you’ll be immersed in a completely different environment. It’s like a whole new reality!