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Spring Semester Program

Semester Program - Tropical Conservation Experience

The Tropical Conservation Semester, Ceiba's flagship study abroad program, leads students on an extended exploration of the dramatic beauty of Ecuador.  Extended explorations of the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands, immersion in Latin American culture, and a month-long internship with a local community or conservation organization make this program unique!  Come gain hands-on experience in Ceiba's own ongoing conservation and research projects, while learning marine and terrestrial biology, studying Spanish, and living with host families in Quito and in the Galapagos. The Tropical Conservation Semester is fully accredited (16 honors credits) by the University of Wisconsin - Madison for students from any US or Canadian institution.  Apply now!  (via UW-Madison site).



Summer Programs

All summer courses are offered by the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, and fully accredited by the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Courses are held in Ecuador, South America, in a wide range of habitats and locations. See the summaries below and follow the links to choose the course that is right for you.

Andes To Amazon

Saki MonkeyThe Andes • Amazon • Pacific Coast course takes students on a month-long tour of the major habitat systems of Ecuador, from cloud forest, coastal dry forest, and the breathtaking Amazon rainforest!  Students learn a variety of field research techniques through hands-on training sessions and during independent projects carried out in Pacific coastal dry forest.  Apply now!  (via UW-Madison site).

Land Use, Water Quality & Human Health

Water QualityThis service-learning course combines lectures, field research, and service in local communities for students seeking international experience in water quality issues.  Participants live on Ecuador's central coast and work with local people to monitor drinking water supplies and assist local health organizations.  Apply now!  (via UW-Madison site).

Environmental Photojournalism

PhotojournalismEnvironmental Photojournalism provides students with a broad understanding of the physical environments and cultures of Ecuador through photographic study.  Based in the Lalo Loor Dry Forest and nearby communities, participants build a portfolio of images that create compelling narratives about social and environmental issues (see 2011 portfolio). Not available in 2014.

Conservation Internships

InternshipsConservation Internships offer students an unparalleled opportunity to contribute their energy to ongoing habitat protection, environmental education and community development programs. Interns choose from a variety of Ceiba projects, at the the Lalo Loor Dry Forest or in coastal communities of Tabuga and Camarones.  Apply now!  (via UW-Madison site).

Engage Children in Science

Teaching kidsEngage Children caters to science majors seeking international experience in science education and expanded cultural awareness.  Working on Ecuador's central coast, students learn effective methods of science education in severely under-served rural schools while providing tangible service in the form of teacher training. Not available in 2014.

or ... Volunteer with the Ceiba Foundation

Volunteer
Get your boots muddy, your poncho wet, and put your hands to work on active conservation projects. Volunteers engage in field research, environmental education, biodiversity surveys, trail building, and numerous other activities. See Ceiba's volunteer page for details and application instructions.

 

 

 

 






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