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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WashU applicants only
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Program Description:

Yanapuma Foundation

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Address: Guayaquil N9-59 y Oriente, Quito, Ecuador


Sector of Work: Agriculture; Environment; Health; Education; Economic Development

Region/Country: Ecuador, in the Amazon rainforest, the Andean Sierra, the Pacific coast and the Galapagos Islands

Mission: To work together with local and international partners to bring about lasting change for the marginalized and indigenous people of Ecuador

Yanapuma Foundation was started in September 2006 with the vision of improving social and environmental conditions in Ecuador in line with the Milennium Development Goals. The organization also incorporates a Spanish school as well as hosting a wide variety of volunteers, individually and in groups, and international students to carry out service learning, study abroad and a global citizenship program.  This "social entrepreneurship" model generates funding to cover the basic overheads and administrative costs of the foundation. Yanapuma's aim is to work in a fully collaborative and participatory manner with communities in order to develop ownership, leadership and confidence ... to manage their own futures, and to be fully accountable both to those who support our work and to the communities themselves as a model for how they can develop successfully. They now employ members of indigenous communities to work directly with the organization on projects in their own communities, without the need for external experts to guide them, by diminishing our involvement in the various spheres as community members become sufficiently competent to be able to manage with only minimal oversight from ourselves.



Language Requirement: Spanish

Possible Projects: Community Needs Assessment; HIV Intervention Program Development and Implementation; Student Advising within Groups; Community Outreach; Public Health

Preferred Knowledge and Background: Social Entrepreneurship, Health Interventions, Education, Community Development

Cost: Students are responsible for flights, housing, potential visa fees, and living expenses. Students are required to purchase purchase WUSTL travel insurance for the duration of their practicum for $40/month.

Travel Immunizations or preventative medication is recommended and may be required for your program participation. Students are responsible for covering all associated costs. Please refer to the CDC for more information. 

Brown School Contact: Global Programs Office

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