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Faculty/Staff Development in Ecuador

Faculty/Staff Professional Development Tour


August 8, 2014 

Have you always wanted to go abroad but have not had the chance? Do you  have a particular research or teaching interest in Ecuador or the Amazon? Are you interested in participating in an off-the-beaten-path experience? If so, consider applying for Longwood's first faculty professional development tour to Ecuador. See one of the most bio-diverse places on earth, learn about the debate surrounding drilling in the Amazon, interact with indigenous communities who rely on the jungle, learn how economic activities are impacting the environment and these communities and how nonprofit organizations help give them a voice in the political system. 

  • Explore another culture that is very different from your own.
  • Learning valuable information to bring back to your classroom or research.
  • Have an incredible learning adventure. 

Longwood's delegation will depart around August 8, 2014 for approximately 10 days.   

We will partner with SELVA, a Dutch NGO working toward protection of the Amazon jungle. SELVA’s activities include researching drilling and seismic activities, environmental testing, purchasing land in areas at high risk for deforestation, establishment of an Amazon water ambulance service, working with the indigenous tribes to protect their quality of life, and administration of medical clinics. SELVA initiates litigation that promotes protection of the Amazon. For example, they are heading to court to legislate the actions of a Chinese oil company that invaded their private land and cleared it to create a petroleum discharge storage pond. They have also been in court to try to stop the expansion of drilling in highly sensitive areas of the Amazon.

This faculty development opportunity is sponsored by the American Democracy Project.

Please read the following document to learn more about this Professional Development program:

Faculty Learning Tour Information

Important Information

  • Priority goes to full-time teaching faculty with limited travel experience or whose research/teaching significantly connects to the destination and learning objectives. Second priority is full-time teaching faculty who are experienced travelers and wish to learn more about Ecuador and the Amazon.
  • If spaces are not filled by faculty, opportunities will be opened up to nonteaching faculty and staff (second call will be made).
  • To be eligible, participants must be returning to Longwood in fall 2014.
  • Participants will be required to attend meetings/lectures prior to departure and will have some assignments upon return.
  • Cost to participants is approximately $999. (NOTE THAT THE TOTAL COST PER PERSON IS AROUND $2300.)
  • The first $300 is a nonrefundable deposit and is due upon acceptance into the program.
  • If a participant withdraws from the program, he or she is responsible for reimbursing the university for all unrecovered funds (nonrefundable airline tickets, deposits for SELVA tour, etc.).
  • Any funds that are being paid by departments must be Foundation funds that can be put into an agency account. Otherwise, they will have to be processed as reimbursements to the participant.
  • Applications are due to Melanie Marks by 5:00 (Hiner 205) on January 24 and will be reviewed by the Study Abroad committee. Notifications will be made around January 31.
  • Nonrefundable deposits ($300) are due mid-February). A payment of $350 will be due in early March. The balance will be due in late March.

Application Forms

  • Faculty Learning Tour Application (interactive .docx - If you try to open this form from the website, you may receive an error message. To avoid this, right click the link, click "Save Link As" and save the file as a .docx document on your computer before opening.)
  • Health Report Form (interactive .docx - If you try to open this form from the website, you may receive an error message. To avoid this, right click the link, click "Save Link As" and save the file as a .docx document on your computer before opening.)