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Biological Field Experience: Ecuador


Join Dr. Ed Mondor and Prof. Michelle Tremblay on a 2-week journey through the country of Ecuador.  Learn about and apply your knowledge in the fields of biology in Ecuador by exploring its natural environment, immense diversity of wildlife, and the relationship between its human and natural environments.


Course Titles and Credits:
Students will be required to enroll in 4 credit hours. Students have the opportunity to complete the following course:
BIOL 5543s – Biological Field Experience: Ecuador

Students should be in good academic standing at the time of application, with no active disciplinary record.  All students must be fully admitted to the institution, and at least 18 years of age by the program departure date.  Students should complete both BIOL 2107/L & BIOL 2108/L (Principles of Biology I & II) prior to the program start date.

Students should note that the consumption of alcohol is prohibited while participating on this program abroad.

Dates of Program:
June 18 – July 19, 2018 (Summer Term B)
The first two weeks are spent on campus preparing for a foreign field expedition.  Students are required to attend these scheduled course meetings.

Program Cost:
Includes: All regional and local transportation; lodging for the duration of the program; most meals; all required tour and excursion fees; and a medical travel insurance plan.

Additional Costs: Tuition & fees, airfare to and from Quito, Ecuador; additional meals beyond those provided, incidental expenses and souvenirs.

Nature and Purpose of the Program:
Take an expedition to explore the enormous diversity of plants and animals that live in the largest tropical forest ecosystem in the world, the Ecuadorian Amazon.  After an 8-day on campus short course, we will visit key ecological zones around the country of Ecuador; ranging from lowland (sea level) to upland (13,000 feet) areas.  The “jewel” of this trip will be touring the Amazon Basin (a large section of tropical jungle that functions as the watershed for the Amazon River).  In addition to being immersed in a tropical habitat, you will have the opportunity to meet local Ecuadorians who are high invested in their communities (i.e., through habitat conservation, restoration, and ecotourism) and that live in harmony with the land, while raising economically important plants and livestock.

Example Excursions and Activities:

  • Walking through the Mindo Cloud Forest preserve and butterfly farms to identify bird, insect, and plan wildlife
  • Balsa rafting trip to view wildlife at the River’s edge and fish in the waters
  • Meeting and learning from managers/workers at the Cotopaxi rose plantation and dairy farm
  • Tour of the historical colonial center of Quito and visit to Quechua Indian village
  • Hiking excursions of Tungurahua volcano, Devil’s Cauldron waterfall, and Papallacta hot springs, etc. to learn about traditional food and local history

Students should note that this program can be physically demanding.

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $550.00 Program Deposit: Due December 1, 2017
1st Program Payment of $900.00: Due January 1, 2018
2nd Program Payment of $880.00 + $20.00 mandatory travel insurance fee: Due March 1, 2018

All payments should be made through the Georgia Southern Studies Abroad “Biological Field Experience” Marketplace webpage.

Refund information:

Once accepted to the program, all deposits and program payments are non-refundable.


Submit applications to any of the locations listed at the top of the application form.  Applications can also be sent through campus mail to Emilee Carr at P.O. Box 8106.

Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Dr. Ed Mondor, Department of Biology –
Prof. Michelle Tremblay, Department of Biology –
Ms. Emilee Carr, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Programs & Services –

Last updated: 11/15/2017