Ceiba Foundation For Tropical Conservation Inc.

Rating: 4.97 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Technology, Education, Environment

Location: 1202 Williamson St. Madison WI 53703 USA

Mission: Tropical habitats contain 50% of the world’s biodiversity, yet are threatened by accelerating rates of deforestation.  Most of the remaining unprotected lands are privately held, and new means are needed to conserve these forests.  Ceiba works to protect habitat and the biodiversity found there through a combination of land purchase and legal conservation agreements, public education about the value of wild nature, and encouragement of new means for landowners to sustainably earn a living while safeguarding habitat on their property.
Geographic areas served: Ecuador, South America
Programs: - Forest Partners program - Lalo Loor Dry Forest reserve - El Pahuma Orchid reserve - Tropical Ecosystems: Andes to Amazon summer field course - Tropical Conservation Semester: Galapagos, Andes and Amazon study abroad program
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Today marks the last day of the Tropical Conservation Semester 2014 and I can honestly say these past 5 months have been the happiest and most fulfilling I have ever known. The professors make a huge effort to keep the program interesting and fun. We have gone to the most beautiful ecosystems known to man. Tiputini Biodiversity Station is the most amazing place on earth. The Galapagos was also mind blowing. Honestly the other trips were also mind blowing. The actual coursework is manageable and the tests are fair. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I participated in a summer tropical ecology study abroad program in Ecuador with Ceiba. It was the most amazing month of my life. They taught us about a broad range of ecosystems: plants, animals, insects, climate. As well as teaching us about the social and economic issues involved with protecting ecosystems in developing countries. The professors are intimately involved in protecting these amazingly biodiverse places with close involvement with the native people whose homes and livelihoods depend on these places. Further, they were spectacular teachers. Any and every question was welcomed and answered and every moment, activity, sighting, was turned into a teaching moment. It was truly a living classroom. My experience with Ceiba changed my life. When I returned to the U.S. I changed majors to Environmental Studies and today am in grad school in environmental studies as well. Ceiba is REMARKABLE..both in their education and environmental protection work.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Rating: 5 stars  

Cieba is a fantastic organization that far exceeded my expectations. Not only do the two founders do an amazing job at helping students learn as much as possible but they also are huge contributors to the local community and offer an amazing foundation of support.

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

personal relationships with the professors and those in Ecuador that have directly benefited from their kindness and support

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

make sure that more university students outside of U of Wisconsin knew about this program! Thanks Joe and Cath!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was able to travel with Ceiba to Ecuador for a semester long tropical conservation program. It was an experience of a lifetime. Not only was I taught to appreciate the wildlife but I was also introduced to a culture extremely different than my own. I see the world differently now and am truly a better person because of it.

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

A semesters worth of education and a lifetimes worth of knowledge.

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

I wouldn't change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The trip was just like entering into the discovery channel. We went all the way to the Amazon, saw parrots, sloths, snakes, armadillos, river dolphins, frogs, peccaries, Ceiba trees, and so much more while learning about the ecosystem of the rainforest. With hands on mini experiments, we learned more than we could ever by reading a text book because while we were there, in addition to the science course, we saw the impacts of humans, how locals viewed the forest, and how the government and corporations are changing the landscape.
But this is maybe like 20% of the trip. It gets better, much better.
The Galapagos, after the cold nights in Quito, was like a vacation inside a 'vacation'. And I say vacation, because even though we learned A LOT, it was much much more fun than the amount we learned. The instructors have experience, they know how things are done, they know what they're talking about, and they know how to enliven their students. The internship at the end was a very nice way to tie up all that we had learned and to use it practically in a way that each of us wanted to, because we could choose from a variety of programs dealing with a variety of things. There was a lot of freedom for such a structured program, which I personally loved.

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

the direction i plan to go after graduation and my ability to speak Spanish.

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

... I enjoyed every part of it.

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9 people found this review helpful

I participated in Ceiba's summer abroad program in Ecuador. This course exceeded my expectations in every way possible. The founders of Ceiba are two of the most incredible people I have ever met, and have truly been an inspiration to me. What I find so unique and interesting about this organization is their ability to incorporate the locals in their conservation efforts. This has largely contributed to their huge amount of success with a number of projects, including El Pahuma Orchid Reserve and Lalo Loor dry forest. My experience with Ceiba was truly unforgettable. I cannot give enough praise to this organization.

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

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

truly dedicated and passionate about their work in the field of conservation.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent the whole summer learning from Ceiba!

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Ecuador when I visited land they helped conserve.

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

expand their staffing.

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?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-11-01

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2 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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