Documenting our Changing World: Ecuador

A story of evolution

Capture stories from Ecuador through photo essays, mini-documentaries, short films and a TV show. Documenting our Changing World: Ecuador is a six-week field experience summer course that includes a two-week trip to Quito, Cotopaxi, Maquipucuna and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Taught by senior lecturer Jim Krause, this course takes students to Ecuador to photograph and film the country’s unique landscape, culture, art, people and diverse biology. Through the creation of photo essays, mini-documentaries, short films and a half-hour TV show for WTIU, students will explore the impact of geological, environmental and climatic changes over time and the effects these have had shaping Ecuador’s civilization, culture and quality of life.

Students will spend two weeks in Bloomington learning about Ecuador and planning for the trip. The class will travel as a group to Ecuador, capturing stories and photos and shooting interviews and footage. The final two weeks will be dedicated to processing the experience and post-production.


To apply for the course, you must:

  • be an undergraduate or graduate IU Bloomington student in good standing
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA (cumulative)
  • have taken at least two 300-level or higher Media School journalism or media arts and production courses

Class schedule

While in Bloomington, the class will meet 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays (with a lunch break) and 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Activities in Ecuador will be in collaboration with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

Travel dates

May 17-June 1, 2019


The Media School provides a scholarship to all Media School students admitted to this course to lower the course fee that is assessed for travel.

Full program cost: $4,200
Scholarship: $1,050
Cost after scholarship: $3,150

The course fee covers round-trip transportation from Bloomington, lodging for two weeks of travel in Ecuador, all required activities, health insurance and most meals. Students are also responsible for passport expenses, some meals, personal expenses and the tuition cost of three summer credit hours. Your tuition rate varies based on your student status.

Learn about available travel scholarships


The application deadline for this course has passed.