Take a trip to the islands that sparked Darwin’s theory of evolution, home to otherworldly flora and fauna.
Ecuador is the planet’s most bio-diverse country per square mile, with part of the Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, and Pacific coastline within its boundaries. The Ecuador mainland portion of the program will be based in Quito, the capital and home to what is said to be the largest, best-preserved historical colonial district in the Americas.
The other portion of the program will take place in the Galápagos Islands, where participants will work with local citizens, community organizations, and academics on conservation projects in a hands-on learning experience that will allow students to observe and interact with the spectacular species of the islands while contributing to their continued survival. There will also be opportunity to explore the islands through the excursions that are included in the program.
Contrary to popular belief, there is a significant human population on the Galápagos Islands. This population must deal with the challenge of fostering economic growth and opportunity for its citizens, while protecting the immense natural beauty and animal populations of the islands. We will look at some of the different strategies undertaken to support these often conflicting aims, and attempt to analyze their effectiveness and whether these strategies are applicable to other communities across the globe.
The program will take place in various locations throughout Ecuador, including Quito and Mindo on the mainland, and Islas Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, and Isabela in the Galápagos Islands.
“De Todo un Poco”
“A bit of everything.” This could be used to describe the biodiversity of Ecuador. The Andes mountains cut through the center of Ecuador, the Amazon rainforest drenches the eastern edge, in contrast to the desert-like southern part of the country, while the Pacific Ocean forms the western border. That’s not even mentioning the Galápagos Islands, which top off Ecuador’s already overwhelming biodiversity and microclimates.
We intentionally keep the size of our programs at manageable levels so that we can work individually with our students to provide the best experience, as much in line with each student’s goals and interests as possible. We also work with students in crafting their curriculum so that their respective schools will grant the maximum credit possible for their experiences both in and out of the classroom environment.
From the roots of Darwinism to the largest historic colonial Old Town in the Americas, there is quite a bit of history to encounter through our program in the Galápagos Islands and mainland Ecuador. It’s safe to say that there is nowhere like it on the planet!
Our programs were crafted to provide our students with the most authentic experience possible. Unlike some other programs, we encourage our students to explore the country, get to know the locals, and truly immerse themselves in the local culture. With this in mind, as well as the different comfort levels that our students may have, we provide many options to our students regarding the level of immersion they’re looking for.