AMAZON X: an 8 week field study program June 20 - August 14, 2014 APPLICATION DEADLINE: ***Last call for applications due March 17, 2014***
This isn’t your typical study abroad program. This is a one of a kind experience in the remote Amazon - no electricity, no running water, no “eco-lodge.” You will live and work side by side with indigenous people, to help build healthier, more sustainable communities. This is the real deal. Science applied to real life. Do you have what it takes?
1. Conservation/Sustainability: research and work on community projects - forest preservation/sustainable forest products (acai), eco-tourism, river pollution
2. Education: teach science, environmental issues, natural resource management, English, computation in local schools
3. Health Issues: support local medical centers - water quality, nutrition, tropical diseases, hygiene
STUDENT PROJECTS: Students will focus on one project of choice: community-based ecotourism, sustainable forest products (wild harvested acai), environmental education, or nutrition/health.
CULTURE & HOMESTAYS: in remote indigenous communities (rustic lodgings with little to no electricity or running water), hotel in city of Santa Cruz and San Ignacio
PROGRAM ACTIVITIES: Classes twice a week, discussions, local guest speakers, Spanish tutoring, student research/projects, volunteer activities, and outdoor activities (visit beaches, forest walks, etc.)
CLASS CURRICULUM: Collaborative model for academic research, tropical ecology, Amazon environmental issues, community-based conservation, Amazon cultures, applied ecological research, field methods, resource management, endangered species, sustainable communities, tropical forest products, ecotourism. The AEP will give you first hand experience addressing the economic, social, and environmental challenges faced by people in the Amazon.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: (Extra cost) Climb the Meseta Caparú, visit waterfalls, embark on river trips to see pink river dolphins and other fauna, horseback ride through the pampas, etc.
PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION: Participation in the pre trip orientation is mandatory and includes:
Two Saturday sessions (four hours per day, total eight hours)
Two discussion/orientation sessions on Skype (two hours each, total four hours)
Two day orientation in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Themes covered during orientation: goals; philosophy; logistics; health, safety & security; culture, economy, and politics in Bolivia and in the park; curriculum, travel information; day to day itinerary; transportation; communications; hotel and lodging; information regarding host family stays; introduction to Lisandro Saucedo and Veronica Limpias (Bolivia program directors); emergency information; medical information; ecology and conservation in PNNKM; other resources
COST: $3,800 plus airfare and visa (approx. $1,500). The cost of this program includes almost everything, except a few meals during free time and optional tourism activities. Financial aid and loans may be available through your home institution. Discount scholarships may be available through SELVA (dependent on demonstrated need and number of program participants). Please contact SELVA and your university’s study abroad office for more information.
ADMISSION: 6 (minimum) to 12 (maximum), application selection process
Interest in working with local people on real community based projects.
Interest in exchanging knowledge with local people (i.e. while we have knowledge to share with local people, we have much to learn from them.)
Ability to live in remote communities in rustic lodging, with no electricity or running water. Participants need to be aware that the Amazon Basin is a hot, humid area, home to a diversity of insects and other animals.
COLLEGE CREDITS: Check with your advisors and the international office in your home institution for independent study credits.
The Amazon Exchange Program started as a pilot program in 2012 in collaboration with the World Language Enrichment and Acquisition Program at Hampshire College. For more information, view the slideshow below. You may use the controls at the bottom to pause, rewind, or go forward.