Community empowerment, environmental protection, and scientific research. Amazon Conservation does it all. I interned at ACA a few summers ago, and it was an eye-opening experience. I got the opportunity to see and partake in the incredible work of a growing nonprofit that goes above and beyond to protect the Amazon while supporting livelihoods in impoverished regions of South America. Through their many scientific research projects, publications, and educational field visits to the region ACA shines light at the many issues affecting the amazon, while at the same time encourages the world to think and act to protect one of the world's most biodiversed regions. Most importantly, ACA works in Bolivia and Peru to educate, empower, and provide economic intensives for local and indigenous communities to protect their majestic natural environment truly embodies ACA's leading conservation practices. The uniqueness and holistic approach to conservation from a community-based practice, in combination to strong scientific research, makes ACA's conservation efforts exemplary for others to follow. ACA's community-based environmental conservation practices inspired me to continue my path in the field of environmental science, knowing I could one day apply it to give back to my community in Latin America. Surprisingly enough, ACA manages to do all of this and more with very limited human and economic capital in the U.S., Bolivia, and Peru. GO AMAZON, GO ACA!
ACA is a great organization, they do such an amazing work in Peru and Bolivia. As a volunteer and Peruvian I am glad to see the passion and hard-work that they all put to preserve the biodiversity and species in the protected areas and much more. All the staff is very helpful and willing to share all their knowledge and experience with me.
The Amazon Conservation Association is an incredible non-profit that I have had the pleasure and good fortune of working for. The staff members are extremely enthusiastic, hard-working, and passionate individuals whom take pride in their various projects throughout Peru and Bolivia. ACA serves to protect the Amazon as well as the indigenous communities within the region through sustainable living. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside such a dedicated staff, whose goals and objectives demonstrated exemplary humanitarian efforts towards the local communities. The ecological endeavors undergone by ACA are centered and focused on benefitting the local community. I experienced firsthand the supervision carried out by the ACA offices located in Washington D.C., Peru, and Bolivia. The Amazon Conservation Association goes to great lengths to ensure effective execution of its programs. An extraordinary organization to say the least.
I interned with ACA this summer and was able to see first-hand the passion and dedication with which the staff members approach every aspect of the organization. They are all extremely invested in amazonian conservation, and the programs ACA has in place in Peru and Bolivia truly do make a difference. I am extremely thankful to have worked with them and can't wait to see what they do next.
I was the leader for senior high school students from the school I teach with in Canada and contacted ACA for a March Break trip to include community and environmental volunteer efforts and a trek; walking the old Inca road to Machu Picchu. ACA was simply incredible setting up this trip where we stayed at the Wayquecha Bio Station in the cloud forest for 5 days and then transported to the trail head of the old Inca road. The extra effort made to accommodate 15 of us for our ecotourism stay was terrific and the quality and authenticity of the people whom we met through our stay was heartwarming. Students helped by planting trees and learning from Peruvian scientists and villagers. The unique and varied flora and fauna was stunning, especially the orchid research being done in this remote and beautiful region of the lower Andes. The exposure for 16-18 year olds was truly unique. Our contact and guide once in Peru, was a wonderful and passionately knowledgeable scientist and trekking guide. He accompanied us everywhere, making connections, translating when necessary and delivering us to the time of the Inca's through his detailed knowledge of history. It is one thing to assist in rural sustainability like planting trees, but ACA went further than that by introducing us to the people at the heart of this region. Meeting them for lunch which they cooked for us with local quinoa and Tarwi (Lupin family) and indigenous vegetables and herbs meant that the students encountered language, cultural knowledge and habits and exchanged on a human level their lives with fellow Quechuans. The trip was immensely successful and I will bring more students another time to provide exposure to the terrific work being done by ACA.
My wife and I volunteered at ACA’s Los Amigos field station for five weeks in 2015, where we contributed to a scientific study of fauna habitats as part of ACA’s ongoing biological monitoring at the station. The station is a remarkable place – without the infrastructure and resources it provides, it would be incredibly difficult for the kind of research that it supports (all of which is very impressive) to take place at all. The trail network that ACA maintains, radiating outward from the station, is particularly important. This spans multiple types of terrain and habitat, and allows researchers and volunteers to access areas, and therefore ecosystems, plants and animals, that would otherwise be very time consuming and expensive to get to.
ACA is an organization full of staff members who are fully committed to the work that they do. They are always eager to support one another and truly enjoy what they do, eagerly discussing new projects and any recent developments in both Peru and Bolivia. I was the Programs and Support intern these past few months and it has truly been a pleasure getting to know more about the work that ACA does.
Most of my work focused on compiling and synthesizing information on ACA's work in Bolivia. Since it's founding, ACA uses a model that combines a highly-participatory, culturally appropriate process with technical rigor. Currently, through their partnership with the Tacana, an indigenous community north of La Paz, ACA has a number of projects which include but are not limited to providing Brazil Nut harvesting support- a sustainable practice, financial budgeting and management for the Tacana, and piloting a multi-stakeholder approach in order to strengthen a Bolivian municipality's water management.
The ACA office in DC is small which means that every staff member's work is vital to furthering the organization's mission. Each member's commitment to protecting the biological diversity of the Amazon is clearly evident, and I highly recommend volunteering or providing financial support to this worthy cause.
I worked as a research assistant at one of ACA's biological stations for several months in 2012. The biological station is kept in very good condition and the location was convenient for accessing our data collection locations. Additionally, the station is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It would have been very difficult for us to accomplish our objectives if we had not been able to access the facilities provided by ACA. Really, this place is a researcher's paradise: excellent location and an excellent biological station.
Volunteering and interning in the DC office in fall 2013, I experienced the dedication of the organization as a whole to the many different projects promoting conservation in the headwaters of the Amazon basin. The impact of ACA crosses national borders and supports research, protects habitats, and advocates sustainable resource management for communities in Peru and Bolivia. ACA's efforts are ensuring that crucial biodiversity is preserved, and that the species of the Amazon have protected areas to migrate toward as climate and human impacts change the environment. This honorable vision and ambitious undertaking makes volunteering for ACA a valuable experience while the passion of the staff and board demonstrates a deep commitment to this mission. ACA constitutes a great nonprofit supported by a driven group of individuals who understand the invaluable resource of the Amazon and work daily to protect it.
I worked as an intern for ACA in the summer of 2013. Their amazing dedication and passion for conserving the Amazon is apparent in every one of their endeavors. The ACA staff shows a commitment to excellence that is unparalleled. As an intern I learned a great deal about nonprofit communications and marketing, and the staff were incredibly helpful and willing to share their vast knowledge and experience with me. ACA's support helped me to build confidence in my own skills and inspired in me a passion for conservation.