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Wisconsin Idea: Bringing environmental education to rural Ecuador

By Gilly McBride, Morgridge Center for Public Service

LEP2Before they even left for their study abroad program in Ecuador last spring, UW-Madison students Brenna O’Halloran (B.A. Geography, Environmental Studies) and Lauren Feierstein had already decided they wanted to stay for the summer as well.

In a pre-study abroad meeting, Catherine Woodward, a professor in the Nelson Institute as well as president of the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation in Quito, Ecuador, offered to students the “Ceiba Tropical Conservation Semester” program the possibility of summer research funding for service projects.

“Brenna and I were like, ‘we’re in, we want to stay longer,’” said Feierstein. (more…)

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