Course Dates: July 15-22, 2015
Upon completion of the course, educators
-Appreciate how destruction of the rainforest leads to an unsustainable planet.
-Understand basic principles of rainforest ecology.
-Increase the depth of knowledge in their subject matter.
-Have a personal stake in the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and its culture.
-Translate the learning into meaningful lessons and student activities.
This is an on-site experiential learning course combined with reading, research, collaboration and lecture. Participants interact with the culture and environment on a personal level. It is not a tour with first-class hotels; lodging is partly in an Amazon field research station.
|The greatest watershed in
the world needs no introduction. Yet, the myriad
species of plants and animals brought to public
attention tell only part of the story.
Participants in this course explore the Upper Amazon in eight days of experiential learning, observing and interacting with the flora, fauna and culture. Through the experience, educators extend content knowledge in their subject matter and bring the learning home - inspiring a new generation of scholars to appreciate and preserve the rainforest, its ecology and its culture.
Participants can collaborate in a service component relevant to their area of interest; examples include: reforestation, working with a local school, promoting oral hygiene, documenting local customs, history or language, fostering eco-friendly practices, translating scientific studies, maintaining research trails, and many other possibilities.
The base of operations is Iquitos, Peru, which itself is an anomaly: the most inland city in the world with access to the sea (3600 km from the Atlantic); the largest city (half-million population) unreachable by road, founded by Jesuits in 1750; shaped by the rise and fall a rubber boon.
Knowledge of Spanish is not required although any speaking ability will greatly enhance the experience and should be commensurate with the intention to interact with the local community.
The course can be taken for 500-level graduate credit, 400-level undergraduate credit, or continuing education units and may be applicable for re-certification or salary advancement in your state or local district. The course is sponsored by The Heritage Institute with credit issued through Antioch University, a fully accredited institute of higher learning. Credits are issued on a clock-hour or quarter-credit basis (six quarter credits are equivalent to 4 semester-hour credits).
How to procede
1) Read the syllabus and travel information to see if this course is right for you.
the instructors and fill out the
questionnaire. Specific details and , guidance
regarding airfares and extended travel in South
America is available.
3) Send a $200 travel expense
deposit. Total cost of land and river travel /
meal / accommodation is $840. For university
level credit (4 semester hours) add $560
tuition. Guidance on economical airfares to
Iquitos and onward is available.
4) Dust off your Spanish and get psyched for the adventure!
COURSE IS LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS.
A fallen tree makes a convenient crossing point over a creek on a hiking trail in primary rainforest.
About the instructors
Ph. D., is a professor at Florida International
University and president of Project Amazonas, Inc., a Peruvian-American
non-profit organization that focuses on
humanitarian, educational, research and
conservation work in the Peruvian Amazon.
Dr. Grahamís background is in tropical ecology
with particular expertise in botany, ornithology
and fisheries. He also works with the
Peruvian Ministry of Health and American medical
schools to provide boat-based medical clinics to
remote Amazon communities.
Don Dean, M.S.E.T, is District Coordinator of
Science in the Oakland, New Jersey School System and
has worked extensively in curriculum and teacher
development. He holds a B.A. in Natural
Science and Mathematics, a B.S. in Music, and an
M.S. in Educational Technology. He has
travelled widely in South America, studying and
working in reforestation and community service