- Guayaquil, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
Explore Quito, the capital of Ecuador and soak in the culture. Work at a biological reserve in the cloud forests of Alto Coca teeming with Andean spectacled bears, jaguars and over 300 bird species. Venture to the heart of the Amazon jungle to a research station nestled in the forest canopy. Head to the ‘birthplace of biodiversity,’ the Galapagos Islands, and marvel at the countless species to behold: lumbering giant tortoises, brightly colored iguanas, foot-high penguins, albatrosses, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and more. Snorkel among schooling fish, seahorses and frogfish. Maybe even spot a whale shark or two. There is no better place than the Amazon jungle and Galapagos Islands to study the world's abundant flora and fauna.
Track Andean bears and tapirs. Observe primates in their natural habitats. Venture across cloud forests and tropical jungles to study animal and plant biodiversity in the most biologically rich area in the world. Participate in lectures, discussions with local stakeholders, field activities, as well as ongoing service work at the research stations. Students learn overland survey techniques for mammals and birds. Visit and study at a research station in the heart of the Amazon jungle, the Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences on San Cristobal, and take a two-day hike through the Andes mountains for a comparison of three ecological zones, all with differing challenges, each in different stages of development.
Our programs are unrivaled because of Broadreach's unique blend of meaningful community service, cultural exploration and hands-on learning in truly spectacular destinations. Community service is an integral part of every Broadreach adventure, complementing and interwoven into the academic and cultural focus of the program. While making a real contribution to the communities we visit, service work provides rich opportunities for learning, personal growth, leadership development and cultural understanding, offering our students remarkable perspectives on other people and places, as well as their role in the world.
- Setting Description:
- Quito, the capital of Ecuador, has a historic city center and passionate culture that’s fully alive on every single cobblestone. But nothing compares to the misty cloud forests of Alto Coca, the Amazon jungle and ecologically diverse islands of the Galapagos archipelago. On this field study adventure, we don’t sit still. We certainly don’t sit still in a classroom for three weeks. This is a peripatetic journey through Ecuador, the Amazon and Galapagos Islands designed to envelop you in the natural world.
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Based on 1 Reviews
- Scarlet Macaws, Pygmy Marmosets, and Galápagos Sea Lions!!!11/02/17
This summer, I went on the Broadreach Ecuador and Galápagos Biodiversity course and it was AMAZING. The 25-day program took place in three locations: the Andes cloud forest, the Amazon basin, and San Cristobal island of the Galápagos. It would be impossible
to choose a favorite! Throughout the entire trip, we completed a course on local ecosystems and their biodiversity. First, we hiked to the Andes cloud forest where we studied the diversity of birds on a private wildlife corridor. Each day, we had the opportunity to hike in completely untouched nature. From beautiful waterfalls to the volcano Reventador right off our balcony, we were truly immersed in the ecosystem. In the Amazon, we stayed at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, a working research station where famous biologists carry out their research. There, we spent time in the canopy tower, went piranha fishing, and did extensive nature hikes to find the animals that live there. What is incredible about Tiputini are the primates. There are 10 species within their area and out of the 10, my group saw 9 species! They are relatively calm with humans due to the scientists' presence for many years. At night, our hikes turned even more exciting with life under every leaf! We did our own research projects using the published studies and books found located Tiputini's library. I studied the leaf-cutter ant and was able to hike to a colony with our group and see them forage in real time. It was so incredible to read about them in a book and then see them in real life! San Cristobal Island of the Galapagos was the perfect ending to the trip. Our week there was life-changing. San Cristobal is supposedly the first place Darwin landed when he visited the islands. We even snorkeled where it is thought he docked his ship! Being able to swim with endemic Galápagos Sea Lions and Galápagos Green Turtles was a dream come true. Here, we researched our own hypotheses. I studied the haul-out patterns of the Galápagos Sea Lion and how it changes depending on the time of day and cloud cover at Playa Mann, a local beach five minutes from where we stayed. The opportunity to study biology in nature is truly unique and I think it is one of Broadreach's amazing talents. This truly was the educational adventure of a lifetime. I made friends I know I will have for the rest of my life, learned so much about the world around me, and got to see places I know few will see and thus better understand the pressing need to protect the biodiversity of our Earth. I am so grateful to have had this experience and would definitely recommend it to any nature lover.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend