• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• Open to UW-Madison degree seeking students only. 
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Basic Spanish proficiency (approximately equal to two semesters of Spanish) is required to participate on this course. Translation will be provided for more technical lectures.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Microenterprise, Rural Health, Public Health

Classroom Language

English, Spanish


Homestays and small hotels.

Program Duration

Winter Intersession: Early January - mid-January

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Winter Intersession 2018-19  4/13/2018
Extended Deadline: 8/17/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Ecuador, Multiple
UW Microenterprise and Wellbeing in Ecuador

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

This program will focus on the relationship between artisan traditions, income generation, and sustainable wellbeing in rural indigenous populations in Ecuador. 

You will learn about health and wellbeing from local women and midwives.  Topics will include traditional midwifery practices, herbal medicine, and indigenous medicine. 

Students will work with a women’s group on an established artisan business and explore a variety of topics related to wellbeing and household income – from access to education to health care, to gender-based violence.  You will explore the physical and mental health benefits of generating income and independence through microenterprises. 

Alongside these women you will explore development of a new micro-enterprise related to their artisan embroidery traditions.  It is hoped that they can find ways to generate income for health care, schooling and basic needs and, at the same time, conserve a part of their culture. 

You will learn about indigenous perspectives on human health and care of the earth, and engage in discussions related to western scientific concepts through an indigenous lens.

Students will take some responsibility for pre-travel academic preparation based on academic and personal interests.  There will be many opportunities for student leadership.  We seek students who are interested in learning, exchange and creativity.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of microenterprise and community development.
  • Be exposed to promising practices in enhancing women’s empowerment and well-being through microenterprise and economic development.
  • Gain knowledge and skills related to small business product development, production, marketing, and basic financial practices. 
  • Increase your understanding of how health and well-being are affected by social, environmental, political, spiritual, cultural, and economic conditions in Ecuador.