Ecuador Service Learning Trip
Open only to students currently in Grades 6-8 attending UChicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus and UChicago Laboratory Middle School
Trip dates: July 24–August 3
Trip cost: $2,500, plus $250 fundraising per student
Application due: January 19, 2018
Through an 11-day cultural immersion and service learning trip to Pucará, Ecuador, middle school students from Lab and the UChicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus (UCW) will obtain first-hand experience with issues of diversity, global citizenship, and environmental sustainability. Students will participate in service learning projects in Pucará, a rural town of 300 people, and visit significant cultural, historical, and natural sites such as the Otavalo Market, a cloud forest in the Andes, and Lago Cuicocha. Other service learning projects may include monitoring and testing Pucará’s wetland waste treatment system, working on environmental projects in a cloud forest reserve, and picking coffee for a local cooperative.
Working side-by-side with community members and participating in daily reflection activities will help students acquire and strengthen the skills needed to become democratic leaders of change within their local and global communities. Participants will become aware, empowered, and engaged global citizens who are able to build relationships across boundaries, understand alternative perspectives, and demonstrate concern for the welfare of others in a broader community.