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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.