- Spend time in the both the Amazon Jungle and in Rio de Janeiro. This split gives you a unique chance to compare and contrast life in the Brazilian rainforest and in the city.
- Shadow conservationists on an endangered jaguar conservation project. Jaguars play an important role in keeping the food chain balanced, and the Amazon’s natural, wild environment in equilibrium. With naturalists and biologists, study jaguar behavior through modern tracking methods, and discuss the human-wildlife relationship.
- Live in a jungle eco-lodge overlooking the rainforest. Spend a night sleeping in a hammock in the rainforest. Swim in a waterfall and go canoeing. Be surrounded by rainforest foliage, cook food over a bonfire and wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys.
- Go on a tropical tree climbing adventure that brings you to the Amazon’s highest branches. You’ll be assisted by an experienced guide who knows this canopy top to bottom.
- Explore Rio de Janeiro and discover what it’s like to live in Brazil’s most famous city. Explore its world-class beaches and unique culture. Visit the famed Christ the Redeemer statue, Copacabana and Ipanema Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain and bossa nova beats. Take a cooking class.
- Work on urban community development in Rio’s favelas, working on community development that benefits local youth.
- Contribute 60 hours of community service.
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1.
A typical Rio and Amazon Expedition Experience:
- Home Base in the Amazon is an eco-lodge situated deep within a private conservation area. The lodge is owned and operated by a family for whom preserving wild places is a way of life! Home Base is constructed from traditional materials and inspired by traditional Amazon design.
- For the Rio de Janeiro portion of the program, the home base will be a hostel in Copacabana that is exclusively reserved for our students and staff. Accommodations are simple, but clean, safe and incredibly scenic. Students will live with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms