Northface Founder donates National Park in Chile’s Patagonia

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Kristine Thompkins (left) walks with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on a section of the 408,000 hectacres donated to create a new National Park in Chilean Patagonia

The wife of the late Doug Thompkins, one of the founders of the outdoor clothing retailer Northface, has donated 408,000 hectacres of private land to the Chilean state to form a part of a new National Park network in Patagonia.  All told, the park will protect an area the size of Switzerland of breathtaking mountains and rivers, and windswept valleys.

For its part, the Chilean government will contribute nearly 9 million acres of federal land.

The gift is the culmination of Doug Thompkins efforts to purchase private land in Chilean Patagonia in an effort to conserve threatened species such as the puma, huemel deer, Darwin’s rhea, and other Andean species.  Doug Thompkins died in a kayaking accident in 2015.

The Thompkins purchase and preservation of Patagonian wilderness has been controversial in Chile over the years.  It is hoped that the investment in the public national park infrastructure will attract further private investment catering to the tourism industry, including world-class fishing, trekking and camping, the coastal cruise ship trips, and more.

Global Ed Fellowships in Ecuador

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Ecuador is a wonderful place to live and learn!

WorldTeach recently announced a fully-funded Global Education Fellowship. This program combines teaching in primary or secondary schools and extensive professional development in the breathtaking Amazon or Sierra (Andes) regions of Ecuador.

Fellows will live in Ecuador for 10 months participating in Ecuador’s Time to Teach initiative, sponsored by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Fellows will advance effective, student-centered education practices in Ecuadorian schools, while participating in an ongoing conversation about the future of globalization, education and international development in the 21st century.

Fellowship postings will be in primary and secondary schools in rural areas such as the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to one of the most bio-diverse regions of the world (Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve), and the Andes and Sierra Highlands, a region of majestic mountains and lush valleys that is famed for its recreational and tourist opportunities.

The Global Education Fellowship is a multi-faceted professional development program. Fellows are expected to complete research and reflection projects addressing the theme of how 21st century globalization is affecting education and learning, with projects tailored by each Fellowship participant to match their areas of interest and career objectives.

The research component will average 15 hours per month, while teaching will average 30 hours per week. You will be responsible for lesson plans, grading and other duties as assigned by local school administrators. Class sizes and students’ previous exposure to English will vary.

Volunteer in Chile

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Exciting News!!

Applications to volunteer with the English Opens Doors Program (EODP) in 2016 are officially open!

Here’s your opportunity to volunteer to teach English in Chile and make a positive impact within the Chilean public school system!  EODP has four FEE-FREE! international volunteer programs available.  Check out the EODP website for more information and to submit an online application:

www.centrodevoluntarios.cl

Arcadia University in Chile

 

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The Arcadia University Preview of Study Abroad Program subsidizes the cost for all first year students to have an international education experience.  Arcadia is one of the few universities in the United States that promotes study abroad as an integral part of the academic curriculum.  Students take a course that focuses on an academic topic related to a country or geographic area, and the course includes a week long field study experience in the country that is studied in the course.  In this photo from 2014, students studied about the 2006 and 2011 student movements in Chile, and the resulting political and educational changes, and visited the country to dialogue with students and teachers, view important landmarks, and engage with the culture that they had learned about.  Taught by Stephen Tippett and Carly Gellman, this course is the only Arcadia University Preview that travels to South America.  Stephen is conducting his doctoral dissertation  on the Preview Program at Arcadia University, which focuses on the instructional design of short-term study abroad.