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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: School of Nursing
Department: Nursing Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Kathy Jo Ellison,
Majors Eligible: Nursing Majors, Pharmacy Majors, Spanish Majors Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: G-Graduate, JR-Junior, Professional, SR-Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates) Applicant Requirement: AU & Non-AU students may apply
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:

Nursing Program in Ecuador


Students in this program will provide healthcare screening, treatment, and education to women (and children) in a disadvantaged neighborhood located in the city of Quito, Ecuador.

Benefits that students may expect to obtain:

  • Improvement in their ability to provide culturally competent care.
  • Gain knowledge about another culture, a developing country, and health care needs in this country.
  • Opportunity to grow professionally and personally as they participate in formal as well as informal nursing activities such as assessment of the patient and health education related to contraception, sexually transmitted disease, breast health, nutrition, and diabetes and heart disease.
  • Ability to provide ‘hands-on” nursing care as well as the opportunity to develop relationships with families of another culture.


  • Must have permission of faculty advisors to participate – students cannot register without approval
  • Nursing students must take Expeditions in Healthcare


Spring 2019: Date of group travel is March 8-17


$    700.00  Airfare

$    300.00  Bus travel, t-shirts, supplies

$   1255.00  In-country expenses (hotel, food, transportation, medical team fee)

$ 2,250.00 Total cost

Students will need to bring additional money to Ecuador for excursions to the equator and middle of the world museum, city tour, and trip to the rainforest zipline (these are all optional).  Also bring extra money for food in the Atlanta airport the day of departure and money for any souvenirs.

Withdrawal notice: Students may withdraw at any point for just cause. Refund will be covered by trip cancellation insurance and may take time to process.


The team will stay together at the Hotel Tambo Real. Hotel Tambo Real is located in downtown Quito near many interesting sites: Amazonas Street, Quito indigenous market and fast food restaurants. Private baths with hot water, linens and towels are provided as well as internet service.

For more information, check out the hotel website 


Quito, Ecuador

Quito lies between two mountain ranges and its altitude is about 9,200 feet. Some areas of the city where we will travel are 9,500 feet or higher. It may take you a couple of days to get accustomed to the altitude.

Quito is roughly divided into three parts: the Old City at the center, with southern and northern districts to either side. The greatest concentration of tourist facilities is in the North, including the airport. Quito's Old City is the largest in the Americas. It has undergone a huge restoration and revitalization program over the last decade, mainly financed by the Inter-American Development Bank. It boasts no fewer than 40 churches and convents, 17 squares and 16 convents and monasteries. It's been called the 'Reliquary of the Americas' for the richness of its colonial- and independence-era architecture and heritage. Modern, northern Quito (on a map, up until the southern tip of the airport) is a fun place to explore, with plenty of museums and urban parks as well as restaurants and nightlife. The southern and northern (from the airport up) districts of the city are where the working class and poorer people of the city live.


The following excursions are planned as a group – attendance is optional:

  • Equator – Middle of the World monument, lunch at Crater
  • Otavalo - Artisan market and other scenic sites


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa to participate in this program
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


Contact the Faculty Director listed at the top of the page: Dr. Kathy Jo Ellison

This program is currently not accepting applications.