Environmental Aid: Policies, Projects, and Implementation
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Analyze the design, implementation, and effectiveness of international organizations' aid projects in the Galápagos Islands. On this program, you will examine the environmental, political, and economic pressures facing the Galápagos as you conduct field research in the most biodiverse archipelago in the world.
The Program will consist of two academic components worth three credits each: an intensive seminar, which will include academic meetings at American University prior to departure for the Galápagos and site visits to various aid projects in the Galápagos; and an internship OR independent study in Ecuador. Students may enroll in both the seminar and internship or independent study, or in the seminar only.
Students in the Program will explore a variety of themes and issues related to environmental aid in the Galápagos, including:
The interplay of political and economic issues and their impacts on environmental challenges facing the Galápagos
Environmental pressures from tourism, overfishing, and invasive species
How donor organizations operate in the environmental sector
Multilateral, bilateral, and nonprofit international donor organizations in the Galápagos
SIS can place students who participate in the seminar in an internship with a partner organization in Ecuador. A list of potential internship organizations can be found in the Forms section of this page.
Students will visit various environmental aid projects on the islands, which may include projects sponsored by the UNDP, UNESCO, WWF, and the Ecuadorian government.
2012 Program Schedule
AU tuition plus program fee (details in the Program Guide).
Who Should Attend
Graduate students in all majors and disciplines from any U.S. university may apply. Students with interests in environmental policy, international organizations, conservation, development, project evaluation, and/or tourism are invited to apply. Advanced undergraduates who have completed at least 60 credits toward the completion of their degree are also invited to apply.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Quito. Students will be housed in group accommodation during the seminar; students staying in Ecuador for the internship component will be responsible for their own housing during the internship period.