While living in Ecuador for three weeks (May 11-June 2) I will be taking a mandatory international education and culture course (EDEE 580/699) through the College of Charleston which will include a service learning component. This program is a unique opportunity for me to apply book knowledge, theory, and personal experience with students and school types in a different cultural setting. The education systems (private and public) and teaching environments in Quito will present an exceptional experience to learn, compare, and explore educational issues as they relate and are influenced by culture and language.
The EDEE 580/699 course: Special Topics in Education: Cross-Cultural and Comparative Education, involves both cultural and comparative education aspects. In Ecuador, I will observe children in an all Spanish speaking, inner-city, elementary school for 2 hours each day and in an international K-12 multi-lingual, English instruction, school for 2.5 hours each day for three weeks. I will be required to make daily observations and answer questions based upon education, cultural differences, and developmental theory. Weekday mornings will be spent in the schools, while several weekday afternoons will be used to tour museums and sites near Quito and other days will offer the opportunity to visit a private university and work with ESOL classes and students at the college level.
As a part of the program, I will be living with an Ecuadorian family and enjoy hiking in the jungle, zip linning in a rainforest, and hiking up a volcano.