Ecuadorian Culture & Adventure

First place photo contest winner Sean Hacker Teper (CAS ’15) writes about his time with Study Abroad in Quito, Ecuador in “Postcard from… Baños.”

Studying in for four months Ecuador was simply unbelievable. Whether it was simply living in Quito, cruising around the Galapagos Islands, trekking through the Amazon rainforest, or watching a volcano erupt on one of many weekend trips, I was able to experience the different aspects of Ecuadorian culture.

Quito, Ecuador is one of the cities students can choose from among the locations offered by BU Study Abroad. Known for its inclusion on the UNESCO Heritage List, Quito is home to the largest, best-preserved, and least-altered historic city center in the Americas. BU’s Study Abroad programs here include Latin American Studies, Tropical Ecology, and a School of Education program.

Even when we weren’t on a school trip to the Galapagos, the Ecuadorian coast, or the rainforest, we were always on the move. In total, I visited fourteen different places in Ecuador. At the end of the trip I was also fortunate enough to visit Machu Picchu in Peru. Each destination taught me about the many Ecuadorian customs and traditions, and altogether made for a truly incredible semester.

The study abroad program allowed me to see a whole new side of the world, and has changed the way I think about life in North America.

Global Programs seeks postcards from any long- or short-term overseas members of the BU community. Please send postcards to