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Journalism Without Walls in Ecuador

About the Program

Journey into the jungle:
Staffing is set for Summer 2017 JWW trip to the headwaters of the Amazon in the jungles of Ecuador, with a side trip into the Andes. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live for five days in an eco-lodge among the Sápara indigenous people, and three days high up in one of the world's great mountain ranges, will be led by Professors Pablo Calvi and Barbara Selvin. 

Professor Calvi has visited the Sápara several times and knows what it takes to make this trip safe and comfortable. We'll paddle the Amazon in dugout canoes, witness an endangered, ancient way of life and report on the threats posed by proposed energy exploitation of Sápara land.

Course of Study

3 undergraduate credits required
All participants following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) will fulfill GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirement(s) fulfilled by their coursework.

Professor Calvi is teaching a prep course, JRN 392, in Spring 2017. This 1-credit class meets Mondays 10-11:20. Although it's neither a prerequisite for nor a commitment to the summer trip, it will provide a solid background on the Sápara, on Ecuador and on the challenges of reporting on indigenous people.

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Course Information

Sápara, Ecuador
Language of Instruction Spanish and English.
Language Proficiency

No language proficiency required

Program Type Group experience led by SBU faculty
Program Dates May 21 to June 3, 2017 (Dates are tentative, subject to minor change)
Living Arrangements

Various locations, TBD


GPA 2.0 or higher
Other Requirements
Application Deadline March 1st (*Application deadline has been extended to April 30)

Program Cost

Application Fee


Tuition Rate

$278 per credit for NY residents


$1008 per credit for non-residents

Program Fee TBD
Administrative Fee

$200 (non-refundable)

International Health Insurance

Included in the Program Fee

Other Fees
Travel Costs

Estimated Airfare: Approximately $700 - $900


Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.

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Contact Information

Jeanine Guilbeault-Leite
Exchange Advisor
International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794
Tel: (631) 632-7030
Fax: (631) 632-1396
Pablo Calvi
Program Director
School of Journalism
Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, N.Y.
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