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Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation Inc.
September 15, 2010

The Ceiba Tropical Conservation semester was one of the best experiences I've had in college and quite possibly in my life. Ceiba has struck a perfect balance between challenging coursework and exhilarating field work to make the semester educational and fun. Specifically the internship portion of the program allowed me to apply what I had learned about sociology, ecology and conservation in class to a community. My global perspective on conservation developed as we visited different Ceiba conservation sites and directly saw the challenges that arise when talking about conservation on a global scale. I learned that stakeholders and their culture need a primary voice in any conservation effort and feel empowered to include conservation in whatever I choose to do professionally. Academically the program gave me the opportunity to get to know two incredible professors and learn from them in an extremely hands on fashion. The enthusiasm they have for conservation and learning in general was contagious and methods I learned from them will certainly contribute to my future academic success. Professionally I now understand the relevance and importance of addressing conservation in every career. A fire has been lit inside of me to seek ways to problem solve across boarders without being afraid of the challenges cultural differences may pose. I have been inspired to travel, and to work with the global community on conserving our planet.

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many different sites we visited in Ecuador. Joe and Cath have worked hard to set up El Pahuma and Lalo Loor forest reserves and are working to protect marine ecosystems as well. All their reserves prioritize collaboration with the local population.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Former volunteer & I participated in the Tropical Conservation Semester in Ecuador.