- Guayaquil, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- 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
- The Most Memorable Summer of My Life11/11/16
Going from the remoteness of the Andean mountains, with no outlets to charge phones and relying on headlamps to trek through dense cloud forest on night hikes to catch large critters and many frog species to the Amazon jungle which is the most biodiverse
rainforest in the planet was such an eye – opening and unbelievable experience. Our last stop was the Galapagos Islands in which we got to snorkel with sharks, rays, starfish and many schools of fish and immerse ourselves into Ecuadorian culture. During this whole experience, I was always reminded of the importance of environmental and biodiversity conservation; as a teen in the 21st century, I have never enjoyed being without my cell phone for such a long period of time.That is crazy for a 17 year old to be doing and I am so proud of myself for it. As the only girl from Canada, I was a bit timid at first thinking about spending a whole month with new people in close quarters and zero spanish. However, that completely changed with our first meeting! This is a very new trip that's why there may not be any reviews on it, but I assure everyone that it is the best program that Broadreach offers. For many students, doing just about any summer program abroad allows them to be a prime example of a tourist; taking photographs, going to the world renown destinations and not considering the environmental impact. Personally, Broadreach had provided me with the platform needed to become a traveller; an observant explorer with a keen eye for conserving the precious biodiversity of my surroundings and always having a positive scope towards making not just a local, but a global change. It is hard for me to put into words the appreciation I have for everyone that had donated and chosen me to be a recipient of the full scholarship to go on this trip. Animals and biodiversity are often overlooked however, to encounter it outside of a classroom setting is so mesmerizing and rewarding. My instructors were also fantastic! S.O to Delaney and Morgan! Overall my favourite quote from the trip was, "Do something that scares you everyday." I support this entirely because if someone isn't able to challenge themselves then what is the point of living, life is all about taking chances. The amazing things I saw are not limited to; numerous species of monkey, cordycep fungus attacking an ant, walking palm trees, poison dart frogs, tapirs, Andes spectacled bear tracks, parrots, my first shooting star, Galapagos sharks, sea lions, enormous land turtles, bullet ants and eagle rays. We also walked in the tracks of jaguars and saw a volcano erupt! I would really recommend this trip, especially for someone like me that lives in Canada and does not get the opportunity to go to a tropical place with rich biodiversity. If you're a tree hugger... this is the trip for you! To look at more details from my trip, these are the trip updates (http://www.gobroadreach.com/summer-trip-updates-entry.asp?id=17829).read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend