As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day this Friday, April 22, we wanted to highlight just a few of the many great options that API offers for students and participants to give back to Mother Earth and our wonderful host communities abroad!
High School Community Service
Costa Rica – This trip is a two-week program intended to introduce students to the local communities and diverse natural environment of Costa Rica. In addition to learning some Spanish, participants will travel to the Caribbean coast performing service work at a sloth sanctuary and with sea turtles!
Ecuador – Participants in this program will get to explore and experience the diverse biomes of Ecuador, and engage in a tropical farming project.
Southeast Asia – In addition to visiting the amazing Angkor Wat temple and experiencing the richness of Thailand and Cambodia, participants will fulfill service hours through once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as working with elephants in the Thai countryside and engaging with children at a Cambodian village school.
There are many short-term, semester, and academic year study abroad programs offering an environmental focus through academics and/or academic “plus” intern/service/extracurricular components in locations as diverse as Argentina, Australia, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Qatar, Spain, and the UAE. For more information on these options, visit the API website.
We feature a variety of full-time internships in a wide-range of fields including conservation, environmental planning, and natural resources. Not only will participants gain valuable hands-on experience to help propel them forward in their future career, but they will also have the unique chance to learn about important environmental issues and conservation efforts in a unique part of the world.
Possible opportunities for internships in this area include, but are not limited to: environmental planning, wildlife conservation, sustainable architecture, climate change economics, water quality protection, and urban planning. Placements may be research-based with a university, a non-government agency, or for-profit organizations.
Volunteering abroad offers a unique opportunity for personal growth while making significant contributions to the local community. One of our great environmentally-focused volunteer projects takes place in beautiful Costa Rica (notice a theme here? 😉 – check it out!