Transformational Learning in the Amazon

Transformational Professional Development

Educator Academy in the Amazon

K-16 Educators are you ready for a life changing adventure? 

Join us in the Amazon for an experience that will feed your soul, expand your professional toolkit for inquiry based science, anchor your global perspective, and change your definition of professional development.  Specialized programming for elementary, middle school, high school and university level educators.   PD Hours, Grad Credit, and Scholarships Available! 


Educator Academy Dates:

July 1-11, 2018

Educator Academy Fees:

$2495 in-country land costs, program fees & resources

$900-1500 estimated for international flights from USA to Iquitos Peru

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Program Overview


The 2018 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest is a transformational, cross-curricular professional development workshop for educators to use and learn instructional approaches and protocols while exploring one of the world’s most important natural resources - the Amazon Rainforest.  Field topics include:

21st Century Instruction:  5E Lesson Design ● Inquiry-Based Exploration ● STEM Connections ● NGSS.

Inquiry Protocols and Resources:  Project Learning Tree ● BirdSleuth ● iNaturalist ● and more.

Global and Cultural Connections:  Service Learning ● Sustainability ● Global Education.

Rainforest Field Session Topics:  Biodiversity ● Camouflage and Adaptation ● Neotropical Birds ● Medicinal Plants  Biomimicry ● Rainforest Plants and Ecology ● Field Research ● Canopy and Forest Level Comparisons ● Reptiles and Amphibians ● Amazon Watershed ● Indigenous Cultures  ● Rainforest Conservation and Sustainability.

Work side-by-side with scientists and researchers on citizen science projects and field studies on the ACTSPeru Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the world’s most biologically diverse environments

● Build your field investigation skills as you conduct vertical transects and inquiry-based field explorations  ● Spend a day in an Amazon village exploring the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon communities

Work with fellow educators and develop strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating  standards-based inquiry, STEM, and sustainability education into your classroom.

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Grad Credit
Study Sites, Projects, & Partners
Machu Picchu Extension

Scholarships & Grants Available!

$1000 Scholarships for K-12 Educators 

$1500 Vernier Grant for HS/AP Educator 

The Educator Academy is created and delivered by a collaborative partnership between Rainforest Workshops, EcoTeach, Blue Lotus Evaluation,  and OnePlanet with additional faculty support from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Project Learning Tree and The Bug Chicks.

NEW! Specialized Programming for Different Grade Levels

K-12 Formal & Informal Educators 

K-12 educators and interdisciplinary teams will use their Educator Academy experience to explore the Amazon through the lens of place-based learning, inquiry, STEM, and NGSS.  Working with our fantastic Amazon faculty, you'll conduct field research, visit Amazon schools, and learn from indigenous communities. Each day in the field will provide you with new knowledge, innovative ideas and exceptional resources designed to help you build direct connections to your classroom!

Cohort Size:  Limited to 15

HS, AP/IB, & College Environmental Science Educators

HS, AP/IB, & college environmental science educators will use their Educator Academy experience to dive deep into tropical ecology, community-based conservation and sustainable development and make connections directly back to your environmental science classrooms.   You'll work in partnership with the Maijuna - the indigenous group responsible for protecting Peru's newest regional conservation area - as well as field researchers and our superb Amazon faculty!

Cohort Size:  Limited to 15

Educator Academy Registration

We are excited to have you join us in the Amazon!  Space is limited to 30 educators. 

In order to secure your spot on the roster, we must receive your registration form AND your $400 non-refundable deposit.  

Deposits may be made online via credit card using the button to the left.  Future payments by credit card will incur a 3% surcharge.

What people are saying...

“Amazing. I had high expectations, but overall this experience surpassed them on so many levels. The combination of the people involved, the organization and structure, and one of the most astounding places on Earth made this incredible.”  – Joan Bachynsky, Cristo Rey High School, NY

Every component of the academy can be integrated into my classroom, my curriculum and my teaching philosophy. The faculty provided high quality experiences and resources to help me do this! The best program I have EVER had the privilege of attending!” – Melissa Jordan, Sarah Scott Middle School, Terra Haute, IN


I left feeling inspired, renewed , and excited about what I will share with my students and peers. I was learning every hour of the day and evening. Not a minute of this trip was wasted. – Jenny Murphy, Sullivan Middle School, Lowell, MA


This has been the best professional development program I have ever participated in.  With quality staff presentations, shared experiences, hands-on activities, long term online resources, and the comradery of our group members, I am confident I will be able to share what I have learned with my students. Further more I feel that I have what I need to continue to learn. – Phil Kahler, Tualatin Valley Academy, Forest Grove, OR

Educator Academy Registration and Logistics

Payment Schedule

While full payment upon registration is appreciated, a $400 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot on the roster. Balance payments are typically expected on this schedule:

Jan. 15, 2018

$800 payment

(+additional $600 for Machu Picchu)

Mar. 15, 2018

$800 payment

(+additional $600 for Machu Picchu)

May 1, 2018

Balance due

If you'd like to discuss an alternative payment plan, contact:

Deb Smucker, Director, EcoTeach
Email or Phone: 800-626-8992, ext 12

Click below for the EcoTeach payment address and cancellation policy.

Travel Protection Plans

EcoTeach purchases a Protection Plan for most groups. You can upgrade to full cancellation insurance. Learn more here.


Need to cancel? Please complete, sign
and return the cancellation form.

Passports and Visas

A passport is required for this workshop. A passport card cannot be used for travel to Peru. Apply right away if you don't have a current passport.

For US citizens, no visa is needed to enter Peru, but if your passport expires within 6 months from date of entry, we recommend you check entry requirements with the Embassy of Peru.

Visit the U.S. Department of State for passport and travel information.

Citizens of other countries must check directly with the Embassy of Peru to determine entry requirements. We urge you to review these requirements as soon as you register for the trip.

Packing List

All you need to know about packing
for your trip!

Flight Information

Participants are responsible for booking their international flights to Lima, Peru (internal flight from Lima to Iquitos arranged by EcoTeach).

FLIGHTS TO LIMA:  Plan to arrive Lima on July 1st.  Most flights arrive mid to late evening.  Pay careful attention to the dates as the return flights depart Lima before and after midnight and can be confusing.  Please allow at least  2-3 hours connection time on your  international flights to Lima.  Airlines are often delayed, making it easy to miss a connection that has no back-up flight until the next day.

FLIGHTS BACK TO THE USA:  After our Amazon Workshop program, you will arrive back into Lima late afternoon/evening on July 10 to connect with late night departures to the U.S. and will be responsible for any costs after this point. You will want to book your return flight to depart on the night of July 10, after 10 p.m.  You will arrive back in the USA on July 11.

FLIGHTS BACK TO THE USA (MACHU PICCHU EXTENSION):  The flights from Cusco back to Lima will be in the afternoon of July 15. You can book your air to depart anytime after 10 p.m. on July 15. You will arrive back in the USA on July 16.

NOTE:  In some cases, you may be able to purchase  tickets all the way to Iquitos and save a bit on flight costs.  It is worth investigating.  You will want to book your international fights as outlined above.  The in-country flights we plan on using are as follows:

July 2
LATAM Airlines Perú
LA 2240
Depart Lima at 10:10AM
Arrive Iquitos at 12:10PM

July 10
LATAM Airlines Perú
LA 2241
Depart Iquitos at 1:00PM
Arrive Lima at 2:45PM

If you have questions or need more information or clarification before booking your flights, please contact Deb Smucker.

Once your flights have been booked, please email your flight details and confirmation number to EcoTeach.

What else do we need to know?

Who We Are

Transformational Travel and Learning

Amazon Rainforest Workshops for students and educators are developed by Rainforest Workshops, LLC and are hosted by EcoTeach, Inc. Together we have over 40 years of experience in educational ecotourism and have impacted the lives of thousands of students through our field programs in Latin America. We believe travel can change the world!

The first Amazon Rainforest Workshop was launched in 1992 and more than two decades later our experiential field programs in the Peruvian Amazon continue to find new ways to immerse educators, students, and naturalists into the fascinating world of tropical ecology, indigenous culture, sustainable development, and rainforest research.

Established by a teacher in 1994, EcoTeach has taken nearly 15,000 student and adult travelers on educational tours to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru and Ecuador — our objective is to make travel as easy and safe as possible, using every opportunity along the way to share and teach.

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Educator Academy Registration

We are excited to have you join us in the Amazon!  Space is limited to 30 educators. 

In order to secure your spot on the roster, we must receive your registration form AND your $400 non-refundable deposit.  

Deposits may be made online via credit card using the button to the left.  Future payments by credit card will incur a 3% surcharge.

Need More Information?

The Amazon Workshops are produced by a team of committed people who work together to make this a life experience for every traveler.

  • With questions about the educational program and experience in Peru contact:
    Christa Dillabaugh, Director, Amazon Rainforest Workshops
    Email or Phone: 800-431-2624
  • With questions about logistics, forms, and flight arrangements contact:
    Deb Smucker, Director, EcoTeach
    Email or Phone: 800-626-8992, ext 12