Alternative Reading Week Ecuador/Amazon

AMUPAKIN, Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Community Placement
Reading Week – February 16-26, 2018 (exact dates subject to flight availability)

Team: 6-8 Students, Interdisciplinary

Project Partners: AMUPAKIN (Kichwa women's collective) and GIZ
Training & Debrief
3 hours per week from January 8 – Feb, 2018 (exact times to be determined)
Program Cost: $3200 (all-inclusive)
Program cost includes round-trip airfare, food, accommodation, transportation, program activities, travel insurance, and comprehensive pre-departure training.

Note: Travel bursaries of up to $1000 are available for students who demonstrate financial need.
Program Description
This February, travel to the Amazon Rainforest to support AMUPAKIN, a Kichwa women's collective that applies Indigenous knowledge of the rainforest ecosystem to increase the health of their communities. Kichwa health-science is plant-based. As climate change continues to alter the Amazon's ecosystem, AMUPAKIN's capacity to grow and harvest the medicinal plants needed to provide health care to Kichwa communities is jeopardized.

Under the joint guidance of German International Cooperation (GIZ) and AMUPAKIN, you will be part of an interdisciplinary team of students that will implement a series of projects designed to adapt AMUPAKIN's chakras (small community-parcels) to new climate conditions and support the healthcare services they provide through the use of new technologies.

Other things to expect: rainforest hikes, boat rides in the Amazon river, fishing, chocolate making, Kichwa storytelling, 2 days to visit cultural and touristic sites in Quito and many other adventures.

Open to students, staff, and faculty. Student participants are eligible for recognition on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR).


Where is Ecuador?

Apply now with your UM log in! (Travel Bursary application included)

Please email if you require a paper application.

Contact Information

Updated November , 2017