Welcome to GIN Cotopaxi 2016

Welcome to the 2016 GIN Cotopaxi Conference website!  The GIN Cotopaxi Conference will be hosted by Academia Cotopaxi on October 20th-22nd, 2016.

The purpose of this conference is to inform and gather participants to engage in sustainable, effective projects that can allow us to better care for the world. Our goal is to create informed, solicitous global citizens. We hope to see you at Cotopaxi’s upcoming conference!


*Note: The UN Habitat III Conference will be hosted in Quito this year from October 17th-20th. Please make reservations or contact Academia Cotopaxi with tentative numbers as soon as you can. THANK YOU!!!





*The last day to be guaranteed your hotel room is OCTOBER 16th.

**GIN registration officially closes OCTOBER 7th


Please, make sure you complete all steps below!



Registration is open! Tuition for both students and teachers is $280 USD.  You will need to have all the information pertaining to your traveling team members and your project workshop(s) in order to complete the registration (you can edit specific details/changes later).
The Business Manager, Mauricio Mera for Academia Cotopaxi will be handling all invoicing for registration.
Contact Mr. Mera directly for registration payment and processing at: mmera@cotopaxi.k12.ec.
The $280 USD registration fee includes transfers between hotel and the conference events each day, all food expenses during the conference, and participation in all conference events.  It does NOT included airport transfers or flights, hotel costs, or excursions.
LOCAL QUITO SCHOOLS – the discount registration price is $120. You will provide your own transportation to and from the event.  Please inquire to mmera@cotopaxi.k12.ec for more information.
Each school may send up to four teams of students, from grades 7-12, and each team may be comprised of 2 to 6 students.  That means each school could send as few as two students or as many as 24! At least TWO chaperones must accompany each school’s students regardless of the number of student participants.



Please contact: Mauricio Mera: mmera@cotopaxi.k12.ec

An invoice will be emailed to your school’s business manager with a copy to the person completing the registration form.  The names of the students will not be listed on the invoice, just the number of students and advisors.
There will be no refunds for cancellations after October 7th because of pre-payment of conference expenses based upon the number of registrations.
All questions regarding payment for the conference should be sent to Mauricio Mera: mmera@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Hotel & Bus Information

The hotel for this conference is the Hotel Mercure:

16 October 2016 is the payment deadline for all payments to Mercure Hotel. All reservations must be guaranteed by credit card and are subject to availability. We are not able to hold any hotel rooms, therefore schools should book as promptly as possible.

If your group arrives in the morning, you might not be able to check into your rooms until mid to late afternoon.  The hotel could hold your bags in a secure rooms while you go on an excursion until your room is ready.


Address: Roca E4-122 y Amazonas, Quito

Contact: Diego Mendez

Email: mendez_d@mercurequito.com.ec

Tel :  005932  2994081

Cel: 00593   999723050

$169.40 – 1 PERSON, TRIPLE
$169.40 – 2 PEOPLE, TRIPLE
$169.40  – 3 PEOPLE, TRIPLE

Breakfast ,taxes, internet, gym & jacuzzi.


Additional meals & beverages.

Reservations through must be paid in full at the time of reservation and cancellations are non-refundable.  So, please be certain of your team numbers when you reserve.
Please also clearly state when making your reservation that you are reserving your rooms under the Global Issues Network reservation contract. If you do not specify this, you may not get the lower room rate we have listed.


This can be done through the hotel – a van of max. 10 people (if you are a bigger group, you’ll get 2 vans)

Airport – Hotel $20 per person
Hotel – Airport $20 per person


Please contact: Yalile Sánchez

Company name: Metropolitan Touring Ecuador


Phone: (593-2) 3823-270 ext 1705| Cel 0994688616

Airport – Hotel 7 people = $61.69
Hotel – Airport 7 people = $61.69



*Gas and driver are included in the price. Cancellations must be made 24 horas in advance.



Travel information

FUN FACT: Quito is at 2850 mts (9350 ft)!

Adjusting to Altitude:

During the first few days after arrival, adjustment from sea level to the altitude of Quito is sometimes difficult.  Drink lots of water! It takes time for the body to adjust.    Exercise and activities should be limited.

Do’s and Don’ts:

    • Do wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

    • Do drink only bottled or boiled water or carbonated drinks.

    • Do eat only thoroughly cooked food, or fruits and vegetables that you have washed and peeled.

    • Don’t eat food from street vendors.

    • Do bring plenty of sunscreen – over 40 SPF is recommended.

Remember the sun is nearer and more dangerous at high altitudes.  Protect against sun exposure. Wear SUNSCREEN and EYE PROTECTION every day!


Language:  The first language is Spanish; however, most of the indigenous population speaks Quichua.  There are 18 different languages among native communities.

Government:  Democratic.  The current president is Rafael Correa.

Electricity:  Voltage in Ecuador is the same as in the United States at 110V with 60 cycles AC. The plug accepts two flat prongs, like those of the US.

Weights and Measures:  Ecuador uses the metric system.  A meter is 1.1 yards, a kilogram is 2.2 pounds, a liter is 1.1 quarts and a kilometer is .6 miles.  They also use the Celsius as opposed to Fahrenheit temperature system.  An easy way to convert C degrees is to approximate: F degrees is 2C + 30.

Currency:  Dollar.  The Ecuadorian government has also produced a series of local coins that have the same value as the US coins (which are also accepted).  In Quito and most other cities, ATMs are available to withdraw money from a US checking account.  Credit cards are widely used in Quito and the main tourist cities.

Weather and Climate:  Ecuador has two seasons: wet and dry, which have much to do with the part of the country you are in. Generally speaking, the temperature is dictated by altitude. Quito and the Andes enjoy spring-like weather year-round, with highs of around 20-25° C (68-77°F) and lows of about 8-10°C (45-50°F). Weather in the Galapagos varies between misty and cool, and steamy and sunny. The Amazon region is generally either hot and humid, or hot and rainy.

The wet season, or invierno (winter), in the highlands is from October until April, and the dry season, verano (summer), lasts from June until September. However, no matter what season it is said to be, the weather is ultimately unpredictable. Warm sunny mornings can often lead to bone-chilling, rainy afternoons, hence the sierra’s adage “four seasons in one day.”   It is good to remember that the only predictable thing about the weather in the Andes is that it is unpredictable!

Visas and Parent/Guardian Permission Forms:

Please check exit requirements for leaving your country of origin. If you a minor traveling without parents, you normally need to obtain permission through a notary for you to travel without guardians. Every country is different, so please check this ahead of time before booking your travel to Ecuador.

Citizens of most countries do not require a visa to enter Ecuador for up to 90 days, with some notable exceptions. Please check Ecuador visa requirements before making travel plans. You can do this by consulting with the nearest Ecuador consulate or Embassy.

With some notable exceptions, visitors from most countries do not require a visa to enter Ecuador (no visa required for up to 90 days). Please check Ecuador visa requirements before making travel plans. We strongly suggest you consult your host country’s Ecuador consulate or Embassy.

Click HERE to download the form.



Make sure you have the necessary immunizations according to Ecuador and your host country.
Make sure to check entry and re-entry vaccine requirements: Be sure to check on the immunization requirements of your country!






Information about us

Academia Cotopaxi

Our school is organized into three divisions: Early Childhood (Pre-school to Grade 2), Intermediate (Grade 3 to Grade 8) and High School (Grade 9 to Grade 12). Here are some key characteristics of our school:

  • Ecuador’s American International School founded in 1959
  • More than 1,500 graduates around the world
  • First school in Ecuador to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • 3 possible diplomas: US, Ecuador and IB diplomas
  • Accredited by the NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges)
  • Member of the Common Ground Collaborative and of the Next Frontier Inclusion
  • Member of the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA)
  • Native English speaking teachers
  • Learning support services
  • Small class size
  • Excellent student standardized test scores (MAP)
  • Community learning opportunities
  • Scholarships and giving programs in place
  • Largest school library in Ecuador with over 35 000 volumes
  • BYOD (bring your own device) school
  • IMAGINE Pre-school with campus in Quito and in the Valley (Cumbaya)

Facilities include: WiFi campus, semi-Olympic swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, covered parking, soccer field, gymnasium, music complex, 430 seat auditorium, black-box theater and maker spaces.

We are a learning community that promotes creative confidence, offers global connections and ample opportunities to impact positive change in our community and the world.

Academia Cotopaxi - American International School

De las Higuerillas y Alondras (Monteserrín) Quito – Ecuador
(593-2) 382 3270 P.O. Box # 17-11-6510