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Amazon Interdisciplinary Field School

2017 Amazon Interdisciplinary Field School

Program Details

Visit the Amazon Rainforest of Colombia and experience first-hand the Calanoa Project. Engage in interdisciplinary, cultural and creative activities focused on sustainability, community development and conservation. Bring to your studies renewed depth, purpose and global awareness.


Explore local materials and design. Paddle through flooded forests. Meet with local artisans and master craftspeople. Search for river dolphins by the Peruvian shore. Meet with shamans and get a glimpse into their vision of the world. Hike through tropical rainforest and boat down the Amazon River.

The Calanoa Natural Reserve offers an unforgettable experience of the rainforest through workshops that support a creative dialogue with local communities and the environment.

Destination: Colombia                                                                                 

Most of the trip will be spent at Calanoa, an artistic, ecological and community-focused learning center located on the shore of the Amazon River.

Classes at KPU: Pre-departure orientations and classroom sessions before and after the field experience
Arriving in Bogota: May 5th, 2017
Return to Vancouver: May 21st, 2017
(Dates subject to change)                                                                                                                                                                                               

Tentative Itinerary
More detailed information:

AmazonProgram Cost: $2750 (includes accommodation, in-country transportation, field trips, and most meals).
Note that flight, personal expenses, tuition, additional meals and fees are not included.

When applying, students are required to make a non-refundable $300 deposit by cheque. However, you may also bring the cheque after submitting your application as long as you do so before the deadline closes. 


Field school scholarships are available for applicants.
Click here for information on scholarships and other financial assistance options. The Amazon Field School also accepts applications from college and university students outside of KPU. Please contact for more information. 
Classes Offered
DESN 3000 Interdisciplinary Amazon Field School or ARTS 3000 Interdisciplinary Amazon Field School
30 credits of 1100-level or higher courses. Students must be nineteen years or older at the start on the course.

Contact Information

KPU International

Richmond Campus: R1400
Surrey Campus: Cedar 1145    

Velia Altamira - Richmond Campus

Alex Leach - Surrey Campus

Faculty Leaders:
Lee Beavington

Farhad Dastur

Application Deadline
December 10th, 2016

Apply now! Download application form: 
PDF icon Amazon Field School Application Form 2017.pdf


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Photos by Lisa King (2015 Alumni)