"The rainforest is a lot muddier than you would expect! Rubber boots are your best friend. On a more serious note, I’m so grateful for having had this opportunity. I’ve always wanted to do something like this, and I’ve learned so much and have grown so much as a person. In the future, I really hope that I can continue working in Latin America with conservation and the environment in a way that continues to incorporate science and culture."
Sam, Biology and Spanish
My main project was focused around an incredible homestay experience at the local community of Mushullacta where my task was to create conceptual maps of the local chacra systems using GPS and create informative data sheets on what species they grew there. Coming from an ecology and conservation background, I found this very interesting! In addition to this, interacting with the local children, listening to historical tales from the family members and taking part in morning Guayusa ceremonies was wonderful and truly humbling to be a part of.
Alice, Agroforestry & Environmental development
"All of the people involved in the project I naturally would gravitate towards, anyways. And the interns and staff, I feel really comfortable being here even though it’s a foreign country, and the group of people I am surrounded by facilitates an environment of supporting one another as we try to expand and explore and push ourselves. There is so much to explore and Ecuador is such a beautiful place in so many ways."
Isaac, Sustainable Energy Management, Agroforestry and Sustainable Development
"My favorite part of the past 7 weeks has been being in the amazon forest. I think that this in environment allowed me a lot of time for self-reflection that could have not taken place in a city environment."