API Gap Semester/Month Community Service Program in Quito, Ecuador
Empower Quito's youth through local service projects such as organizing fun activities and social events for children staying at a local hospital, contributing to after school projects for at-risk youth, and teaching English through local community groups! Interested in improving your Spanish while you volunteer? Participants have the option of completing a Spanish language and conversation course at a local language institute.
This program is great for students looking for short-term or semester opportunities with one, two, or three-month placements available!
This is a perfect opportunity to earn service hours between high school and the start of college!
Students will love exploring the beauty of Ecuador, while enjoying local culinary delicacies like ceviche (fish or shrimp “cooked” in lemon), locro (corn), llapingachos (potato cheese pancakes) and chugchucara (pork, hominy, potatoes, plantains and popcorn). Students can study this beautiful city and get to know the “serranos” or “Quiteños,” as residents of Quito are called, while enjoying a temperate climate with just two seasons (dry and rainy).
API students will discover the wonders of Italy on this two-week art, language and culture program. Starting in Rome, students will visit many of Rome’s major sites, including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Then, the group will travel to Tuscania to meet welcoming host families ready to prepare home-cooked Italian meals for students while they live in an idyllic medieval town to explore the creative arts of drawing and photography. Tuscania has been admired for centuries for its picturesque setting, fine culture and foods, and cobblestoned streets. Surrounded by medieval walls and guard towers, the town provides endless opportunities for authentic cultural immersion.
Students will spend mornings studying Italian language, photography* and sketching with the wonders and beauty of Italy as the backdrop for inspiration. In the afternoons and on weekends, students participate in experiential activities such as pottery workshops, cooking classes and urban treks, and will explore the pillars of Italian culture and history with visits to Florence and Venice.
Ages: 15-18 year olds only, completing grades 9-11
Language Level: No Italian language experience required
Housing: Local host families/hotels; Some meals and laundry are included; breakfast and dinner daily are included. Students are responsible for buying lunch.
Academic Programs International, API, is an educational organization dedicated to providing challenging and enriching study abroad programs for our students. The experience of living, interacting and learning in an international environment presents invaluable opportunities for each student's academic and personal development. All of our academic and extracurricular offerings are selected with the goal of helping students to grow more self-aware and culturally sensitive. We envision each student evolving from a tourist to a resident to a global citizen, and API is dedicated to supporting this lifelong process. API is committed to providing the best comprehensive study abroad experience possible with personal attention available to our students throughout his or her program, and to working closely with home universities to offer support before, during and after the education abroad experience.
There are a number of international internship placements available to API participants.
For a summary of potential options, see the list below:
Accounting and Finance
Advertising, Communications and Journalism
Architecture, Landscape, and Planning
Arts and Design
Business, Entrepreneurship, and Management
Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism
Psychology and Social Science
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Veterinary Science and Zoology
Didn’t see your area of interest listed? Don’t fret! Just contact us and let us know what you are looking for and we can let you know what the options might be.
These international internship opportunities are open to students 18-years and older - perfect for gap year participants, current college students, and recent graduates!