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Peru: Amazon

Rainforest Conservation and Ecotourism
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Course Details

DATES
June 14-June 25, 2024

12DAYS

Departure City
Miami
TUITION
$4899 (Plus airfare)

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AVAILABILITY
Available

Alongside our partners, Explorama and CONAPAC, you will learn about ecotourism, rainforest conservation, and building community partnerships while visiting remote communities in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

Note: Any student can apply, but alumni have priority access to this program. 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This program will take you deep into the Amazon rainforest, where you will visit remote ecolodges and learn how Ecotourism creates value around natural resources, leading to the conservation of the rainforest and its inhabitants. You’ll have the chance to walk through one of the world’s most famous rainforest canopy trails, gaining insights into this vital ecosystem.

Additionally, you’ll visit local communities alongside our nonprofit partner, CONAPAC, and learn their approach to sustainable development by working on projects aimed at increasing food security and environmental sustainability. In addition, you may install water filtration systems in schools, communities, and homes in the rural Peruvian Amazon. Explorama and CONAPAC will share their deep knowledge of the region and demonstrate how business and nonprofit organizations can work together to enact a positive impact on preserving the irreplaceable Amazon rainforest through collaboration with local communities.

*Please note that programs are subject to change based on the health and safety of participants and our partners.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Boat up the Amazon River to explore the world’s most spectacular rainforest and stay at Explorama’s unique jungle lodges.

Explore Iquitos, “The City in the Rainforest,” famously the largest city in the world that cannot be accessed by road.

Practice speaking Spanish while meeting with residents and nonprofit leaders while visiting CONAPAC’s partner communities along the Amazon.

Course Elements

1 is the least rigorous, 5 is the most rigorous

5
LEARNING SERVICE
You will learn about ecotourism conservation, and sustainable community development while working on projects aimed at increasing food security and environmental sustainability.
5
CURRICULUM
Prior to your travels, you will complete an online curriculum to gain background knowledge for your experience. While traveling, you will learn through engaging articles, cultural experiences, and group reflections.
2
TREKKING
Daily transport features boat travel and short walks. Activities may include intermediate night hikes, canopy tours, and short walks to access communities.
3
LIVING CONDITIONS
In Iquitos, the group will stay at a small Explorama Hotel known as "The Jungle House." Once in the Amazon, the group will stay in a few Explorama lodges. While each lodge varies regarding amenities, all Explorama lodges are sheltered, netted, and have running water and electricity.
3
ON THE MOVE
The group will convene at Miami airport and fly overnight to Lima, Peru. We will immediately board another short flight to Iquitos and arrive in the afternoon. After a few days in Iquitos, we will begin our journey into the Amazon, traveling 2-3 hours from one lodge to the next every few days.
3
REMOTENESS
The most remote you will be is roughly 4 hours by boat from Iquitos, a large and established city. The group is always connected with satellite phones using Explorama's communication grid.

Itinerary

1

Arrive in Miami. Depart for Lima 1:45 AM.

2

Arrive at Iquitos at 1:45 p.m. Orientation, walk around the city center, and dinner. Stay at the Explorama Jungle House Hostel.

3

Visit to RAREC, lunch at RAREC. Return to the city, dinner in the city. Stay at the Explorama Jungle House Hostel

4

Explore the city market. Travel to Explorama Lodge, orientation, forest walk. Stay at Explorama Lodge.

5

CONAPAC for orientation. Go to the CONAPAC Field work site. Stay at Explorama Lodge (Explorama, Napo, or ACTS)

6

CONAPAC Field work. Stay at Explorama Lodge (Explorama, Napo, or ACTS).

7

CONAPAC Field work. Stay at Explorama Lodge (Explorama, Napo, or ACTS).

8

CONAPAC Fieldwork. Visit the ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden at ExplorNapo. ACTS Canopy walk at sunset. Overnight ACTS.

9

Canopy sunrise. Maijuna community AM & PM Program. ACTS (ExplorNapo or ACTS)

10

Kayak from ACTS to ExplorNapo. Go to Village of Indiana/ Explore. Stay at Indiana Hostel

11

AM market in Mazan. Return to Iquitos. Depart Iquitos Airport at 3:50 PM

12

Arrive Miami at 7:20 AM

Peru: Amazon : In Three Phases

1

PRE-COURSE CURRICULUM

Prior to your departure, you will be guided by your course instructors through a series of interactive, online lessons designed to help you engage with other members of your group while gaining important context for your experience.

2

FIELD STUDY

The majority of the days at each site are spent learning from our local partners and serving alongside them shoulder-to-shoulder. You will learn through service and experiences designed to help you understand the local context, culture, and history.

3

LIFELONG NETWORK

Ethical leadership is a lifelong journey. After your experience, you will become a part of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder network. This network of past alumni and partners is designed to inspire and support your journey in ethical leadership.

Travel Journal

During the travel phase of each SStS course, you will spend time reflecting and processing your experience. There are currently no posts as this is a new program.

Important Details

TUITION*

Tuition (students from partner schools): $4699
Tuition (students from non-partner schools): $4899

*Students attending a partner school receive a tuition discount. Click HERE to see partner schools. Please note that tuition does not include airfare.

AIRFARE*

Estimated Flight Cost: $1125

*All students travel to their program destination on a group flight booked by Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder. Participants are responsible for any increase in airfares imposed by the airlines. All participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the departure city. SStS will confirm airfare and connecting travel information approximately 60 days before travel.  

FINANCIAL AID

SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students from all backgrounds. We will do all that we can financially to support students who require assistance. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please indicate this on the application.  Resources are limited and tend to be less than 50% of tuition.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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