• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• Open to UW-Madison degree seeking students only. 
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Intermediate level Spanish conversation and comprehension is required to participate in this course.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Microenterprise, Rural Health, Public Health

Classroom Language

English, Spanish


Homestays and small hotels.

Program Duration

Winter Intersession: Late December - Mid-January

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Winter Intersession 2017-18  TBA
This program may run in winter intersession 2017-2018. Please check back for an application deadline.

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Ecuador, Multiple
UW Microenterprise and Health in Ecuador

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The UW Microenterprise and Health in Ecuador program is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) in partnership with IAP.

This service learning program will focus on an understanding of the household economy and health in rural indigenous populations in Ecuador.  You will visit women's groups who have begun to develop microenterprises in three communities. You will learn about a variety of topics related to health and the household from the women and investigate the physical and mental health benefits of generating income and independence through microenterprises.  You will work with the women to further develop their microenterprise projects.

During the second half of the course, students and community partner leaders from several sites will plan and carry out a joint workshop to facilitate collaboration and as a “means toward development of an atmosphere in which creative problem solving becomes possible”  (Kelman, 170).  Goals include:

  • Fostering community among women’s groups from diverse communities in Ecuador (and beyond) who have similar goals geared toward microenterprise and community development.
  • Exchanging information, ideas, and analysis
  • Strategizing about microenterprise efforts through discussions of current work and problem solving (ex: identifying strengths, problems and solutions, goals and objectives, improving work effectiveness, team building and capacity building.
  • Skill sharing through workshop sessions led by participants
  • Cultural exchange and networking
  • Empowering women to find their voice in a safe and nurturing environment

You will take some responsibility for pre-trip preparation in a number of areas according to your academic and personal interests.  There will be many opportunities for student leadership.  We seek students who are interested in learning, exchange and creativity.