Office of Study Abroad and Outreach


TITLE-VI PROJECT: Communities as Agents of Change

Great opportunity for undergrad students who wish to do internships or volunteer work in Ecuador or Puerto Rico. Considerable chance to achieve your own learning goals and gain on field experience!!

Internships opportunities in areas of Public Health, Water Conservation, Micro Businesses, Education, Land Management, Gender and many more.

Project Description :

The Title VI Project "Communities as Agents of Change: Language and Area Studies for a Sustainable Futureis committed to diversifying and strengthening international education across Western Illinois University. This is a project that resulted from collaboration between WIU and Spoon River College and has received funding for the next 3 years.


Estimated Cost*  $1850 
Included in the fee Accommodations, meals and logistical support
Application Deadline March 31, 2017
Final payment May 5, 2017

* Airfare not included 

Estimated Cost*  $1100
Included in the fee Accommodations, meals and logistical support
Application Deadline March 31, 2017
Final payment May 5, 2017

* Airfare not included 


Location(s)  Ecuador, Puerto Rico
Term   Summer 2017
Credit   To be determined by different majors
Pre Departure Sessions TBD
Travel Dates June 1 to June 25, 2017
Housing   Host families & Hotels
Passport Required
GPA 2.5
Grad credit         No
Non-WIU                        No
Pre-requisite None 
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior (Freshmen could be considered under special consideration)


Dr. Gloria Delany-Barmann,  Project Director

BIo Dr.  Gloria Delany-Barmann is a professor of Bilingual/Bicultural Education at Western Illinois University. Her interests include topics related to first language maintenance, teacher preparation, sociolinguistics, indigenous education, language policy and planning. She had worked and conducted research in Guatemala and Bolivia in the area of teacher preparation. Currently, her research centers on dual language immersion and the interaction of micro and macro level planning in the implementation of dual language programs in rural areas.


Dr.Heather McIlvaine-Newsad,  Project Academic Advisor

  Heather Dr. Heather McIlvaine-Newsad is a professor of anthropology at Western Illinois University. She specializes in areas of Gender and the Environment, Disaster Research, Local Food Systems, Applied Methods, Germany, India, Ecuador and Dominican Republic. McIlvaine-Newsad also leads short-term study abroad courses to Germany, India and Puerto Rico. She is a member of Society for Applied Anthropologist (Fellow), National Women’s Studies Association and International Farming Systems Association. 


Dr.Pedro Bidegaray,  Project Co-Director

Pedro Bidegaray Dr. Pedro Bidegaray is an anthropologist who serves as director for the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach in Western Illinois University. As an anthropologist, he has focused on development issues and education in Latin America and Africa. He promotes and facilitates institutional engagement domestically as well as internationally, expands the relevance and benefits of international education across campus. Additionally, he facilitates initiatives that help academic programs serve the local and international community. 

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Ehren Kuzekov
    Horrabin Room 8
      Tel: 309-298-2504



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