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April 9, 2010

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April 9, 2010

I participated in Ceiba's semester abroad program in Ecuador. No review can do justice for the incredible experiences and life-long friendships that I made while abroad. Ceiba does a superb job in practicing what they preach - they are dedicated (and very good) at working with local stakeholders and residents in order to achieve conservation while improving social well-being. The people running Ceiba care deeply about tropical conservation and the local people that such actions may affect, and do a great job integrating both objectives to work towards sustainable conservation solutions that really work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

El Pahuma orchid reserve, where Ceiba has worked with a local family to save a pristing area of cloud-forest and turn it into an orchid reserve, and Lalo Loor dry forest, where Ceiba has worked with locals to conserve one of the last coastal dry forests

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The leaders of the Ceiba are fantastic professors and mentors. They truly understand community conservation and have developed real relationships with locals, enabling them to achieve conservation in an environmentally and socially sustainable mannner

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fantastic. Ceiba incorporates local stakeholders and experts into their program which allows students a great experience and participation in conservation for locals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save the world.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer, I would have liked to spend my four years of undergraduate abroad with Ceiba!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding. Ceiba does a great job with what they have, but increased funding would allow them to increase projects and provide further benefits to the environment and local communities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 8, 2010

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April 8, 2010

I was a student studying in Ecuador through the Spring semester program. I loved every moment of my time spent with this organization and all of the places they support and have helped to build. I hope that this organization will be able to continue supporting the environment and creating an inviting environment for education for not only English speakers but Spanish speakers also.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their ability to conserve biodiversity on several levels and to include surrounding community members in the implementations of these plans.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

involve additional community members.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to explore environments that I never would have been able to see otherwise.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always friendly, approachable and hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save some of the disappearing mangroves and purchase the land next to the Lalo Loor's Dry Forest Reserve.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization is amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 7, 2010

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April 7, 2010

CEIBA is a great organization because the people running it are innovative in their dedication to conservation--they have worked tirelessly for to create unique vanguard conservation easements in South America (Ecuador) especially where these ideas are new. Both Americans and Local people work for CEIBA which bolsters their ability to foster conservation work in a logical way for the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are working on projects locally that are important globally. Sounds cliche, however indeed it is a fantastic approach.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic and highly experienced teachers. They have the ability to work with people at many, many levels of learning and awareness.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get more land into conservation easement

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 7, 2010

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April 7, 2010

I participated in the tropical conservation semester in Ecuador. It is the most unique opportunity that I have ever been able to take advantage of and was needless to say, incredible. This is one of the few conservation organizations that I have ever encountered (or heard of) that is effective in successfully conserving through local people's efforts and management. Ceiba is able to make little capital go a long way through hard work, passion and efficiency.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

El Pahuma Orchid Reserve in Ecuador.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intelligent, efficient and effective.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

successfully conserve more with it and for a longer period of time than ever seen in the past.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 7, 2010

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April 7, 2010

I attended the Ceiba Foundation's "Andes to Amazon" course in the summer of 2008. The expertise, collaborative spirit and motivation to conserve precious ecosystems makes the Ceiba Foundation effective as teachers and conservationists.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ecuador when I visited land they helped conserve.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand their staffing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being motivated to learn about biodiversity and conservation through their courses.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all the staff.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help landowners in Ecuador preserve their natural resources while still providing for their families. They could help reverse the affects deforestation and ecosystem destruction has had on species throughout the tropics.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time in Ecuador with them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

balancing poverty and conservation.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the world needs more people like this.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 5, 2010

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April 5, 2010

I participated in the semester abroad program with Ceiba. The professors are very knowledgeable about the ecology of the many ecosystems found in the tropics. I learned a lot about the ups and downs of conservation work: small victories, cultural divides, economics considerations, ecology considerations. I value the time I spent with CFTC and appreciate the passion Joe and Catherine have for this work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning interesting and vitally important ecological information about tropical ecosystems from engaging and encouraging professors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 5, 2010

CEIBA has been instrumental in helping build conservation capacity in Ecuador. Through their work with local reserves, they have boosted ecotourism and ensured conservation "paid for itself." The Principals are great tropical ecologists with a passion for conservation. I am now a donor and believe it is the most efficient way to support tropical forest conservation efforts.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ecuador, where I visited their reserves.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

n/a.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

visiting rural ecological reserves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create the largest dry forest reserve on the western slopes of South America.

Ways to make it better...

there were fewer mosquitoes.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of adequate funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is my favorite conservation organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

April 5, 2010

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April 5, 2010

Incredible! I have learned an obscene amount in the realm of conservation biology and how to work with people from different cultures to help protect and discuss the environment. I am really impressed that the goal of the foundation is not imperialistic. Quite the opposite, CEIBA makes it a top priority to create community empowerment and local economic sustainability and dependence rather than simply swooping in and taking over.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

talking to and viewing different reserves and areas of land they have helped establish and continue to provide support to. the outstanding methods of teaching offered by Joe and Catherine and watching the progression of 12 semester students.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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