Learn about conservation in action & ecological corridors
Visit partnered communities in several ecozones including the Galápagos Islands.
Learn about regenerative design & permaculture
Learn about sustainable business & ecotourism
Conduct research projects
We have close to thirty years of experience organizing travel logistics and academic support for successful, fun and life-changing, field-study and service learning programs in Ecuador, including Maquipucuna, the Chocó Andean Biosphere Reserve, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands.
University students across the globe have the opportunity to partner with Maquipucuna in training and working with local communities on multidisciplinary projects to tackle deforestation and environmental degradation through scientific research and innovative sustainable economic alternatives such as ecotourism, specialty coffee, cacao and cottage industries.
Among others, we have worked with the University of California system, the University of Georgia, Ithaca College, Duquesne University, Evergreen College, California State University, Oxford University, Wageningen University, etc.
Our strength lies in allowing students to experience and partake in a multidisciplinary approach to tackle problem solving in a different cultural setting by facilitating an exchange of experiences between students and local communities throughout the Chocó Andino (Chocó Andean prospective Biosphere Reserve) and the Galápagos Islands.
In particular, the Maquipucuna reserve is the perfect playground for inquisitive students interested in biology, ecology, conservation, community development, sustainable businesses, archaeology, etc. Our ecolodge and scientific station can easily accommodate large groups of students and research equipment. A projector, screen, and whiteboard are available at the lodge for classroom style presentations. Expert local guides can accompany the students to talk about wildlife and the history of the area. Students are free to explore the reserve. Students may conduct their own research projects following scientific protocols.
Please email us for more details.