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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.

APPLY NOW! (Deadline December 1, 2018) 

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

Students should have a 2.5 GPA at the time of application and must be in Good Academic Standing, 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 be a Biology majors or minors and must have  completed both BIOL 1107/L & BIOL 1108/L  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 24 – July 27, 2019 (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 jungle 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:

  • Visiting the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve and Hummingbird Sanctuary
  • A visit to The Equator to see the middle of the world monument and the Peguche Waterfall
  • Stopping in to see the Otavalo market, one of the largest outdoor markets in South America, run by the Otavaleño Indians
  • A visit to Cotacachi and Papallacta
  • Visits to the Amazon jungle, Quechua Village, Rainforest hikes, AmaZoonico, and Butterfly Farm
  • Deep Amazon Jungle hikes, canopy walks, piranha fishing, and night canoeing
  • Tour of the historical colonial center of Quito
  • A ride on the TelefériQo in Quito from the city centre up the east side of the Pichincha Volcano to lookout Cuz Loma

Students should note that this program can be physically demanding.

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $750.00 Program Deposit: Due December 1, 2018
1st Program Payment of $728: Due January 1, 2019
2nd Program Payment of $728: Due February 1, 2019
3rd Program Payment of $729 + $20.00 mandatory travel insurance fee: Due March 1, 2019

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

Refund information:

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


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

Last updated: 1/30/2019