Searching for an international study-abroad experience that you can have from the comfort of your own home? Explore Latin America through our Virtual Field School.
Learn about sustainable communities and environmental change with National Geographic explorers
Through this carbon-free virtual field school across Latin America, you will not only witness stunning landscapes and meet local community members along the way; you will also have the opportunity to engage in complex conversations with your instructors – National Geographic Explorers who are waiting for you at their field sites. In each course, you will critically examine what “sustainability” means in practice, from an environmental, sociocultural, and economic perspective, while learning about the realities of community-based fieldwork.
You will travel the seas of Costa Rica and Honduras, where you will learn about marine biodiversity, the impacts of tourism, and sustainable development. Then head to the high Andean mountains of Peru to learn from Quechua artisans about their traditional knowledge in light of the environmental, cultural, and economic changes they face. Finally, they will visit the remote forests of Paraguay to better understand the complex realities of conservation work in one of the world’s most endangered terrestrial habitats.
This course was originally designed for the University of Memphis and we are now opening it up to all learners. The course runs from May 31st – August 6th, and has a limited capacity of 25 students. The course fee is $395 (+transfer fee) and 100% of the course fees are donated to the partner conservation and sustainable development NGOs to ease the pressure caused by the coronavirus crisis. Several of our past students have organised with their universities to take the course for credit as an external study program.