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Education for SLPs in Ecuador

Education Abroad for SLPs in Quito, Ecuador

Are you a practicing SLP or graduate student in the field of Speech Language Pathology interested in providing better services to Spanish speakers and Spanish-English bilinguals? Get clinical experience abroad in a beautiful location though immersion in Ecuador’s culture and language!





This 6-week program is for professional SLPs and graduate students in speech-language pathology who have basic Spanish skills. Experience immersion in Ecuador’s culture and language while becoming culturally and linguistically proficient. The program includes homestays, daily intensive Spanish classes, training for assessing and treating communication disorders in bilingual individuals, a clinical placement, graduate coursework for SLPs on Spanish-English bilingual topics, seminars and field studies in hospitals, non-profit institutions, and educational settings. Students will receive graduate credits and supervised clinical hours; professionals will receive graduate credits that can be used for continuing education. 

This unique experience is open to professional SLPs and graduate students preparing to be SLPs with intermediate to native Spanish skills. You do not need to be a PSU student or an SLP in Oregon: students from over 20 different universities and professionals from all over the U.S. who work in a variety of clinical settings have participated! 


You will learn from Ecuadorean and US professionals about assessing and treating Spanish-speaking and bilingual individuals while exploring the Ecuadorean cultures, places, and improving your Spanish. You will develop stronger clinical skills and cultural understanding to better serve children and adults for other languages and cultural backgrounds. Field studies and clinical practica will be in sites serving individuals with communication disorders. Lodging with homestay families, meals, group transportation, Spanish language instruction, cultural and bilingual SLP academic instruction, two weekend trips, and some local trips, and international insurance are all included. More information, including the program application, is on the Ecuador Program Education Abroad Website.


Sunday, June 18th - Friday, July 28, 2017

Information Meeting:  

NOTE DATE CHANGE:  TUESDAY, January 17th at 5pm, Neuberger Hall 79. If you're not in Portland, let us know. We'll include you via phone or skype!

Program Costs (approximate)

  • General tuition and fees: $3,900
  • Clinical graduate credits (only students): $605
  • Airfare, personal expenses, travel, & immunizations: $2,175
  • Cost is the same for in-state and out-of-state participants.  

University Credits Offered: 

  • Students: 10 graduate credits.  These credits transfer to other universities as well!
  • Professional SLPs: 8 graduate credits.  Can be used for continuing education and professional development. 

Program Leaders

Antonio Le Baron, originally from Mexico, will be co-leading the program for the third year. He is a bilingual SLP time. He is on the ASHA School Issues Advisory Board and has worked as a bilingual SLP in Texas, Washington, and Pennsylvania schools, conducting assessments, educating staff on best practices when working with CLD populations, and providing intervention.

Isabel Garcia-Fullana, will be co-leading the program for the third year as well.  She is trained as a bilingual SLP and graduated from PSU. Originally from Puerto Rico, Isabel works in Texas as part of a bilingual team, providing support, assessments, and resources to elementary schools. She has worked as a bilingual SLP in hospitals, private clinics, home health, and schools.

Mayfe Ortega is the program coordinator in Ecuador, arranging classes, homestays, and clinical sites and has worked with the program since it started. In addition to coordinating the program, Mayfe creates, directs, and produces books, movies and television documentaries related to peoples and communities in Ecuador and Latin America. 

Megann McGill will direct the program for PSU this year. She is an Assistant Professor in Speech and Hearing Sciences with research and clinical expertise in stuttering and bilingual topics. She worked for many years as a Spanish-English bilingual SLP in Texas. 

Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann and Claudia Meyer, professors at Portland State University, co-created  and coordinate this program. You can contact Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann or Claudia Meyer with questions.  

To Learn More

About the academic, clinical, language aspects of the program, 

contact Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann,

About the program logistics and how to apply:

Visit Or contact Stephanie La Cava in the Education Abroad Office.

Join us on this professional and personal experience of a lifetime!