Operation Groundswell: Exploring Food Justice in Ecuador

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Ecuador may be the smallest country in South America but boy does it pack a punch – majestic Andean mountains, lush Amazon rainforest, picturesque towns, sun-drenched beaches, and a famous chain of volcanic islands full of wildlife! Ecuador’s hist... read more

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Ecuador may be the smallest country in South America but boy does it pack a punch – majestic Andean mountains, lush Amazon rainforest, picturesque towns, sun-drenched beaches, and a famous chain of volcanic islands full of wildlife! Ecuador’s history and unfolding progress continue to fascinate travelers from around the globe. At Operation Groundswell, we take a deep dive into the country’s approach to food justice. It’s the first country in the world to call for food sovereignty in its constitution, but how do these policies and the food justice movement affect the lives of people who produce food? From the hustle and bustle of Quito to the communities of Ecuador’s highlands, our Food Revolutions program will examine the impacts of the global food system on rural and indigenous communities in Ecuador and see how they’re fighting back. We’ll explore complex issues that will widen your perspective on the world, international development, and what it really means to usher change. - Explore Ecuador’s iconic capital of Quito while sampling some sweet canelazo along La Ronda, learning the language with Yanapuma Spanish School, and giving salsa dancing a whirl! - Get your hands dirty with Fundación Brethren y Unida (FBU) and learn how indigenous knowledge is inspiring sustainable agriculture in Picalquí. - Immerse yourself in Tsa’chila culture and learn to grow a food forest near Santo Domingo on Ecuador’s Pacific slope. - Hike in the shadow of Volcán Corazón in the heart of the Andes and taste highland honey with our partners at Bee Farm Shunku.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Volunteer
Program Length(s):
  • Spring
  • Spring Break
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Rural Sociology
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Journalism
  • International Relations
  • International Business
  • International and Comparative Education
  • International Agriculture
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Geography
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Design
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business
  • Business
  • Applied Horticulture, Horticultural Business
  • Anthropology
  • Agriculture General
  • Agriculture Business, Agricultural Management
  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Public Services
  • Agricultural Engineering
Minimum GPA:
0.0
Year Founded:
2006
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Operation Groundswell Scholarships

Our Financial Needs Grant can cover 15-25% of your program fee, which amounts to between $200 and $900 in funding towards the cost of your program! It is available for anyone experiencing financial strain, including individuals from low-income households, students, and recent graduates. Contact financialsupport@operationgroundswell.com for more details and the application form.

15-25% of the program fee

Deadlines:
We accept applications for our Financial Needs Grant on a rolling basis.

Guidelines/Requirements:
For more information and to receive the application form, contact financialsupport@operationgroundswell.com

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