The Biola in Ecuador semester, hosted by Living and Learning International, is a study abroad program designed for college students who desire to grow in their ability to integrate life and learning-to integrate their walk with God with the realities of struggle, poverty and injustice in the world.
The program does not aim simply to add knowledge or travel to students' lives, but to help them understand with wisdom God's calling on each individual. The program encourages exploration into these pertinent questions: Who is God calling us to be? What is He calling us to do? How does He want us to respond?
Combining excellent academics, cross-cultural ministry, mission and relevant internship opportunities in a unique and challenging setting, the Biola in Ecuador semester provides an opportunity for students to enjoy the rich interaction with their professors, program staff, ministry site hosts and other students who are on this same journey. This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural program enables students to communicate and understand the challenges of a developing nation and teaches them to respond with an informed, Christ-centered worldview. Semester courses cover a range of disciplines from Spanish language and Bible, to intercultural studies and history. This interdisciplinary approach draws students from all majors and disciplines, and any student who desires to further their education and grow in their walk with Christ is encouraged to apply.
Students will live, learn and experience the beautiful country of Ecuador together. Each semester, students will experience all four major regions of the country including Quito and the Andes mountains, the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon jungle and the beautiful tropical coast. Each student will complete a 5-week homestay with an Ecuadorian family and participate in either a for-credit internship in their major, or a service-learning practicum to encourage deeper cross-cultural engagement and community development.