• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.75 cumulative gpa
• The course is open to upper-level UW-Madison degree-seeking students from a variety of majors, but is especially suited for students in the Global Health and Environmental Studies programs.
• Some Spanish language ability preferred but not required.


Agriculture, biological science, environmental studies, humanities, social science

Classroom Language



Biological station dormitory

Program Duration

Mid-late July (2 weeks)

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2015  2/20/2015

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Ecuador, Multiple
UW Water for Life: Sustainability and Community Health in Ecuador

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The Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation is teaming up with UW-Madison Global Health Institute and the communities of Tabuga and Camarones in rural Ecuador to offer this 2-week service-learning course (2 credits).

Water quality is rapidly emerging as one the most pressing environmental concerns facing humanity in the 21st century, and the cross-cutting importance of clean fresh water supplies is emphasized in global initiatives on conservation (COP10), development (Millennium Development Goals), health (WHO 2012), and economics (World Economic Forum 2011).

This course on the coast of Ecuador highlights the interconnections between human use of water resources and health. We will examine the sustainability of land and water management practices in a rural area of coastal Ecuador, where people rely on rivers for all their water needs.

You will participate in an assessment of the health risks in local water supplies together with community members. You will work with communities to discuss water-related health concerns, and conduct participatory planning of strategies that will increase sustainability and reduce the risk of water-borne diseases. The program provides ample opportunity to engage directly with the community on an issue of real importance, and provides field training in concepts and approaches for managing water-related human health risks. Through this program, you will gain knowledge and skills directly applicable to solving the emerging global water quality crisis while providing tangible service in severely under-served rural communities in Ecuador.

The course is offered in partnership with the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, an environmental non-profit organization that has been working in the region since 1999.