Faculty Advisor

Elgert, Laureen

Faculty Advisor

Pollice, Gary F.


Between 2010 and 2016, approximately 4,500 North Americans relocated to Cuenca, Ecuador (CuencaHighLife, 2017). Expatriates and Cuencanos experience social separation due to cultural and language barriers. Our goal is to design a program that pairs Cuencanos and expatriates in an attempt to integrate the communities. We used a human- centered design approach and conducted interviews, surveys, social mapping, and a pilot test. We produced a guidebook for a tandem program for the Dirección de las Relaciones Externas which includes methods of advertising, pairing participants, organizing orientation, conducting monthly meetings, and getting feedback.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

Advisor Department

Computer Science