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NWC News Desk

Spaces available to the public in NWC spring field studies trip to Ecuador

Posted November 25, 2014
By NWC News Desk

POWELL, Wyoming — Northwest College invites Big Horn Basin community members to experience the thrill of straddling two hemispheres at once during a late spring field studies trip to Ecuador.

The May 21-June 8 guided trip is open to adults who want to learn or improve their Spanish language skills through an authentic cultural immersion. Participants will spend four hours each day at a Spanish language institute in Cuenca, Ecuador, where the curriculum is tailored to meet each individual’s skill level, even those who do not know any Spanish at all.

Additional classes in dance, conversation and Ecuadorian cuisine are also available.

The rest of the time is dedicated to group sightseeing tours, individual exploration and the experience of Ecuadorian hospitality through a host family.

Tourist destinations include the equator marker called Mitad Del Mundo (half of the world); the temple of the sun and an astronomical observatory located in the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador; an archaeological park, the Straw Hat Museum, the Pacific coastal area of Montañitas; and the city of Quito, the world’s highest official capital and one of the first two UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites.

Each participant is hosted by an Ecuadorian family who provides lodging, meals, support and the cultural experience of family and home.

More information about costs, deadlines and itinerary is available by emailing or calling Mary Ellen Ibarra-Robinson, associate professor of Spanish at 307-754-6430.

Early registration is encouraged to ensure a successful reservation, but if needed, enrollment can be accepted through January 20.