What are the different components?
The Quito Project (TQP) currently offers projects based in education.
The education component is a joint student initiative from the University of Michigan and la Universidad de San Francisco de Quito. Volunteer tutors from both universities will work together to run a summer tutoring program for primary school students. Tutors are responsible for lesson planning and classroom management and will improve their Spanish language skills throughout the course of the program. The education component tutors will teach mathematics, Spanish reading comprehension, English vocabulary, and leadership skills.
Who is eligible to apply?
Current students at the University of Michigan are eligible to apply. Please note that TQP requires its participants have some level of Spanish proficiency. We recommend that applicants have completed at least 3 semesters of university level Spanish courses or the equivalent. Typically, this corresponds to SPANISH 232 or RCLANG 294.
The education component favors applicants who have a passion for education and past experience with children.
What is the cost of the trip?
The estimated cost of the trip is $1,500~$2,000 USD.
The main expense is the plane ticket (aprox. $800-1200). Other costs include food, lodging, and weekend trips.
We encourage participants traveling to Quito to apply to scholarships at the university to help offset the cost.
When does the trip take place?
While specific dates vary from year to year, the education component last for 4 weeks during summer term (usually the month of July).
What is the application process?
The paper application for the education component is now closed for Summer 2018 but will be reopened again in September for Summer 2019. The application must be completed in Spanish. All applicants will be interviewed the following week to assess their verbal skills. Shortly after, applicants will receive an email notification regarding the decision.
Is there monetary compensation? Will I receive university credits?
TQP is a nonprofit volunteer based organization, so there is no monetary compensation. Students can apply for various grants and scholarships to cover the cost of the trip through LSA, the Honors Program, the Residential College, etc.
Students from the University of Michigan can now recieve university credits through the Center for Latin American and Carribbean studies for their participation in The Quito Project.