PROGRAM

EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

At Iracambi we believe that saving forests and changing lives starts with opening minds. This is why we started our Education in Sustainability programs – Iracambi Strong and Young Eco-Leaders. And with each program we are equipping and encouraging our students to become advocates for sustainable living and conservation, through our unique model of hands-on, immersive learning.

Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest

Young people across the world are mobilizing to make a difference, and here at Iracambi we are doing our part! Our Young Eco-Leaders identify plants, collect seeds, make and care for seedlings, and plant them out. Together with the farmers, they learn about best-practice conservation farming methods to restore the forest, protect soils and water, guarantee long-term productivity and hone their leadership skills.

So what’s the problem?

Most of the land in the area of fragmented rainforest round Iracambi belongs to smallholder farmers who, in the absence of guidance and incentives, are unsure how to adopt sound conservation practices. Local government lacks the resources to provide leadership, soils are exhausted, water resources are stressed, and the forest is cleared. Due to lack of opportunities, many local youth no longer see a future for themselves in the rural areas,frequently dropping out of school and drifting to the towns to take unskilled and often unsatisfying job.

And the solution?

The program aims to equip groups of students to become environmental leaders in their community. We do this by focusing on three things: critical thinking, science-based learning and practical field experience. The relationship between student and farmer allows for sharing ideas and developing practical solutions. This interdependence benefits everybody: the youth are exposed to practical experience and the farmers develop an understanding of how we can all play a role in protecting our planet.

Potential Long Term Impact

Young people everywhere complain of not having enough to do – yet when they are involved in programs that inspire them and stimulate their creativity they can become the change makers of the community! As their skills and confidence increase, our Eco-Leaders become ever more excited about encouraging and working with hundreds of farm families and adopting better land management practices to increase productivity, enhance sustainability, and protect the forests, soils and water that benefit us all.

This program is supported by GlobalGiving and Microsoft Youthspark.

Iracambi Strong: 3 Week Sustainability & Conservation Program

At Iracambi, we believe that through education in sustainability and conservation we can make the world a better place. The Iracambi Strong program is a 3-week course for students of all ages to learn about issues that our vital to our common future: climate change, biodiversity conservation, agro-ecology, forest restoration, rainforest flora and fauna and sustainability. All students will participate in immersive experiences with the local community, and, although the language of instruction is English, classes can be offered in Survival Portuguese on request! In addition to classroom instruction, Iracambi Strong provides practical, hands-on experience in the field – the Atlantic Forest is our classroom.

Iracambi Strong started in 2014/15 as an initiative funded by President Obama’s program 100K Strong in the Americas. Over 3 courses we brought students from universities across the US together with Brazilian students to live, learn and work together.

This is far more than a study-abroad program. It’s a chance to be immersed in a new culture and a new way of thinking and living. It’s a cross-cultural learning experience that changes lives.

“The emphasis on an individual doing their part has been engraved on my conscience. I have a desire to continue to work toward being a responsible inhabitant of the earth.” – Shalanda Grier from Hampton University, Iracambi Strong Participant Jan 2015

This year’s program will be held in July 2016. Check out the brochure here.

When? July 11 – July 30, 2016
Where? In the Atlantic Forest of Brazil
Who is teaching? Staff and researchers from Brazil and the US holding doctorates and master’s degrees
Who can apply? High school juniors and seniors, graduates and undergraduates, and anyone interested in the fields of conservation and sustainability.

How much does it cost? US $1300 which covers full tuition, board and lodging. Scholarship money may be available!

  • Application deadline: May 15
  • Participants must be at least 16 years old and responsible for arranging their own travel and tourist visas. Please note that, exceptionally, citizens of the US and Canada do NOT require visas to travel to Brazil. Thank you, Olympic Games!
  • Proof of medical insurance and a copy of your passport biopage must be submitted
  • Programs will run with a minimum of 10 participants
  • Programs will be run in English
  • Program fee does not include travel to/from Iracambi although this can be arranged by request
  • Iracambi requires a non-refundable deposit of 10% on or before the application deadline

Questions?

Drop us a line to iracambi@iracambi.com or call +55 32 98435 7257 or +55 32 3723 1297 or skype us Skype ID: iracambi or binkaleb

At Iracambi we believe that saving forests and changing lives starts with opening minds. This is why we started our Education in Sustainability programs – Iracambi Strong and Young Eco-Leaders. And with each program we are equipping and encouraging our students to become advocates for sustainable living and conservation, through our unique model of hands-on, immersive learning.

Iracambi StrongYoung Eco-Leaders

 

Iracambi Strong: 3-Week Sustainability & Conservation Program


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“The emphasis on an individual doing their part has been engraved on my conscience. I have a desire to continue to work toward being a responsible inhabitant of the earth.” – Shalanda Grier from Hampton University, Iracambi Strong Participant Jan 2015

At Iracambi, we believe that through education in sustainability and conservation we can make the world a better place. The Iracambi Strong program is a 3-week course for students of all ages to learn about issues that our vital to our common future: climate change, biodiversity conservation, agro-ecology, forest restoration, rainforest flora and fauna and sustainability. All students will participate in immersive experiences with the local community, and, although the language of instruction is English, classes can be offered in Survival Portuguese on request! In addition to classroom instruction, Iracambi Strong provides practical, hands-on experience in the field – the Atlantic Forest is our classroom.IracambiStrong_Program2

Iracambi Strong started in 2014/15 as an initiative funded by President Obama’s program 100K Strong in the Americas. Over 3 courses we brought students from universities across the US together with Brazilian students to live, learn and work together.

This is far more than a study-abroad program. It’s a chance to be immersed in a new culture and a new way of thinking and living. It’s a cross-cultural learning experience that changes lives.

This year’s program will be held in July 2016. Check out the brochure here

 

When? July 11 – July 30, 2016
Where? In the Atlantic Forest of Brazil
Who is teaching? Staff and researchers from Brazil and the US holding doctorates and master’s degrees
Who can apply? High school juniors and seniors, graduates and undergraduates, and anyone interested in the fields of conservation and sustainability.

How much does it cost? US $1300 which covers full tuition, board and lodging. Scholarship money may be available!

  • Application deadline: May 15
  • Participants must be at least 16 years old and responsible for arranging their own travel and tourist visas. Please note that, exceptionally, citizens of the US and Canada do NOT require visas to travel to Brazil. Thank you, Olympic Games!
  • Proof of medical insurance and a copy of your passport biopage must be submitted
  • Programs will run with a minimum of 10 participants
  • Programs will be run in English
  • Program fee does not include travel to/from Iracambi although this can be arranged by request
  • Iracambi requires a non-refundable deposit of 10% on or before the application deadline

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Questions?

Drop us a line to iracambi@iracambi.com or call +55 32 98435 7257 or +55 32 3723 1297 or skype us Skype ID: iracambi or binkaleb

Want to know more? contact us now!


Young Eco-Leaders of the Brazilian Rainforest

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Young people across the world are mobilizing to make a difference, and here at Iracambi we are doing our part! Our Young Eco-Leaders identify plants, collect seeds, make and care for seedlings, and plant them out. Together with the farmers, they learn about best-practice conservation farming methods to restore the forest, protect soils and water, guarantee long-term productivity and hone their leadership skills.

So what’s the problem?IMG_38701

.Most of the land in the area of fragmented rainforest round Iracambi belongs to smallholder farmers who, in the absence of guidance and incentives, are unsure how to adopt sound conservation practices. Local government lacks the resources to provide leadership, soils are exhausted, water resources are stressed, and the forest is cleared. Due to lack of opportunities, many local youth no longer see a future for themselves in the rural areas,frequently dropping out of school and drifting to the towns to take unskilled and often unsatisfying jobs

And the solution?

The program aims to equip groups of students to become environmental leaders in their community. We do this by focusing on three things: critical thinking, science-based learning and practical field experience. The relationship between student and farmer allows for sharing ideas and developing practical solutions. This interdependence benefits everybody: the youth are exposed to practical experience and the farmers develop an understanding of how we can all play a role in protecting our planet.

Potential Long Term Impact

Young people everywhere complain of not having enough to do – yet when they are involved in programs that inspire them and stimulate their creativity they can become the change makers of the community! As their skills and confidence increase, our Eco-Leaders become ever more excited about encouraging and working with hundreds of farm families and adopting better land management practices to increase productivity, enhance sustainability, and protect the forests, soils and water that benefit us all,

This program is supported by GlobalGiving and Microsoft Youthspark.

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