Join us for an Alternative Spring Break in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Our week-long immersion trip will expose you to the culture and ecology of the Amazon. You will work directly with our Amazon Learning team and Runa Foundation on a variety of ongoing projects including conservation and wildlife monitoring, reforestation, and community development.
Participants will hike through virgin rainforest, taste traditional cuisine, get their hands dirty with local Amazonian farmers, swim by pristine waterfalls, and much more! We are so excited to share this experience, sign up today!
To apply and for more questions, please send your cover letter, resume and two references to Andy@amazonlearning.org
In 2018, Amazon Learning is teaming with Runa Foundation to offer three separate trips to accommodate different spring break schedules. Each trip is based on a Saturday arrival and a Sunday departure. The following dates are available:
1) March 10 - 17, 2018
2) March 17 - 24, 2018
3) March 24 - March 31, 2018
Arrive in Quito and stay the night in a traditional Andean Hostel. You will meet the team and plan for your journey.
We will travel from Quito to Tena. On the way, we will stop to learn about the diverse ecosystems of the Andes-Amazon region, one of the most biodiverse places on earth.
We will travel to Mushullacta, an indigenous community deep in the rainforest abutting the Napo-Galeras National Park. You will work with Runa Foundation staff on our ongoing reforestation and wildlife monitoring projects. We will camp in the rainforest.
We will wake in the predawn hours for a traditional guayusa ceremony with the community learning about their local legends and mythology. We will hike through the park to collect data for Runa’s ongoing wildlife monitoring project. If we are lucky, we will see jaguars. In the afternoon, we will return to Tena.
We will visit Runa’s guayusa factory and a local chocolate factory. You will learn about social entrepreneurship and how local people are investing in sustainable community development.
We will raft down the Napo River, one of the biggest tributaries to the Amazon. We will return to Tena to celebrate the end of the trip.
We will return to Quito and take a tour of the Ecuadorian Capital.
Spring Break Program Fees: $1,300
*This fee includes two meals a day, lodging, cultural activities, in-country transportation, and program fees. It does not include airfare or required medical and travel insurance.