Education in Sustainability Programs:Iracambi Strong: 3-Week Sustainability & Conservation Program: At Iracambi, we believe that through education in sustainability and conservation we can make the world a better place. The Iracambi Strong pro...
Iracambi Strong: 3-Week Sustainability & Conservation Program: At Iracambi, we believe that through education in sustainability and conservation we can make the world a better place. The Iracambi Strong program is a 3-week course for International and Brazilian students in climate change, agro-ecology, forest restoration, rainforest flora and fauna. For International students it includes classes in Portuguese language and culture as well as immersive experiences with the local communities. In addition to classroom instruction, Iracambi Strong provides practical, hands-on experience in the field – the Atlantic Forest is our classroom. Iracambi Strong started as an initiative funded by President Obama’s program 100K Strong in the Americas. Over 3 courses we brought students from universities across the US together with Brazilian students to live, learn and work together. This is far more than a study-abroad program. It’s a chance to be immersed in a new culture and a new way of thinking and living. It’s a cross-cultural learning experience that changes lives
Young Eco-Leaders of the Brazilian Rainforest: Young people across the world are mobilizing to make a difference, and here at Iracambi we are doing our part! Our Young Eco-Leaders program for middle and high school students works with local youth and farm families to develop good conservation practices that bring sustainability to family farming. Students and farmers come together to learn from one another and turbocharge good environmental practices of conservation land management to protect soils and water, guarantee long term productivity and ensure better care for the forests that benefit us all. Most of the land in the area of fragmented rainforest round Iracambi belongs to smallholder farmers who, in the absence of guidance and incentives, are unsure how to adopt sound conservation practices. Local government lacks the resources to provide leadership, with the result that the soils are exhausted, water resources are stressed, and the forest is cleared to provide more land for planting. Furthermore, due to lack of opportunities, many local youth no longer see a future for themselves in the rural areas. he Young Eco-Leaders are a group of enthusiastic young students who, for the first time in their lives, have studied real field science at Iracambi and now it’s time for them to put their skills to work! Pooling their knowledge with local farmers, they are learning how to take sound conservation decisions, creating a future of abundance which will allow those who are interested to stay on the land and bring about a sustainable future for forests and for themselves.