Cuenca, Ecuador

Live and learn in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Cuenca.
It's a perfect balance between a bustling city and small, country town.

March 3-12, 2018 (10 Days)

dates are flexible, we also offer this program year-round

What's Involved

Our service-learning program puts sustainability first and values a student-led approach. With an emphasis on experiential and applied learning, our program combines classroom education with meaningful community service work abroad.

  • Ten days of service learning at a local organization, applying classroom discussions to real-life service in the Cuenca community

  • Living in one of our handpicked homestay families with 3 traditional meals daily

  • A curriculum focused on critical thinking and reflection on our role as volunteers and advocates for social change

  • Weekend excursions out to ancient ruins and untouched national parks and daily cultural immersion activities (salsa classes, market scavenger hunts, cultural cooking classes etc.) 

  • Resume building and job hunting workshops: applying international service learning skills in the real world

$2,100 USD


Where Your Money Goes

Your program with El Nomad contributes holistically to the local community and economy of Cuenca, Ecuador.

  • Transportation from Guayaquil or Quito to Cuenca upon arrival and prior to departure (either flight or van, depending on where you fly into)
  • Full day on-site orientation with city tour (Yes, there will be a red double-decker bus!) and welcome meal (psst – we might bully you into trying some freshly roasted Guinea Pig – “cuy” in Spanish)
  • Prepaid bus pass with credit to start you out
  • A cell phone rental with credit to start you out
  • 24-hour emergency number in-country and bilingual on-site staff
  • Access to the El Nomad Center with sporting equipment rentals, movies, lounge area for students, travel resources, bilingual book exchange, etc.
  • Travel booking assistance
  • Re-entry workshop
  • Program fees and taxes


  • Gain field experience in the planning, analysis, and execution of a community-oriented service project
  • Contribute to a long-term partnership with a local organization that extends beyond your time in Ecuador
  • Expand your international cultural and social competency as a committed global citizen

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