Location
  • Ecuador
Length
1 - 2 weeks

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Timeframe
Spring Break Summer Winter
Housing
Lodge
Language
English
Age Min.
13
Age Max
21

Pricing

Starting Price
3200
Price Details
The $3,200 price includes airfare and all accommodations, instruction, transportation and meals for the entirety of the program. We recommend that you bring approximately $200 spending money for buying gifts, the occasional ice cream and snacks during travel as needed.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airfare Airport Transfers Meals Transportation
What's Included (Extra)

Through our enrollment fees, we are able to build and donate community bamboo structures such as bus stops, shade structures inside schools, roofs for sporting fields, and much more. All instruction and materials are included.

What's Not Included
Travel Insurance
May 25, 2023
Jun 16, 2023
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About Program

This is a 9 day program with students from diverse high schools focused on regenerative agroforestry and bamboo building. During the course participants will work alongside the 2 best bamboo carpenters in Ecuador, a bamboo architect, agroforestry maestros and RFI's team of trip leader staff. RFI staff will lead a curriculum focused on leadership and the cultivation of ideas for socially and environmentally regenerative career and higher education pathways.

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Program Highlights

  • Learn alongside Ecuadorian youth, master builders and agroforesters
  • Contribute towards ecosystem restoration for endangered howler monkeys
  • Practice Spanish with locals
  • Eat fresh tropical fruit and a mix of delicious local and international cuisine
  • Develop skills and experience in: sustainable farming and construction applicable towards engineering, architecture, environmental science, business and many other career and university pathways.

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Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
based on 21 reviews
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  • Growth 4.95
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.9
  • Safety 4.95
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Todd
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A grateful teacher’s prospective

I have been a high school teacher for the past 20 years, and our school’s relationship with the Regeneration Field Institute has truly led to the most transformative learning experiences in the lives of the hundreds of students I have had the fortunate opportunity to travel with to beautiful Costal Ecuador. These experiences are truly life changing, memory making, inspiring, rooted in hope and community, grounded in regenerative practices that re-wild and reintroduce us to the interconnected web of biodiversity that all living creatures call home. It is the most enriching and meaningful type of hands on education that inspires all of my students to be the best versions of themselves. The Regeneration Field Institute is an extended family for our community; one that inspires us to live, build and dream more sustainably. And it encourages us to pursue passions, intercultural connections, and to be the change we want to see in world. I have worked with dozens of international travel organizations, and RFI stands alone on top of the list. I wholeheartedly recommend you give them a chance to change your life as they have done for me and my students.

Pros
  • Beautiful people
  • Beautiful land
  • Beautiful connections
Cons
  • Only having to leave
44 people found this review helpful.
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Meg
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent opportunity to learn sustainable agriculture systems abroad

RFI is an incredible organization that live up to their values and mission. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and connect with others who share a passion for sustainable approaches to agriculture and building, as well as anyone desiring to learn these methods through hands on workshops and accompanying lectures in a relaxed and beautiful setting. I felt more connected to nature and my peers after completing this program and hope to revisit the farm next year. Highly recommend this program!

Pros
  • Engaging learning material
  • Meet new people
  • Supportive and caring staff
51 people found this review helpful.
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Ennis
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome experience with RFI

The staff were amazing, always helpful and friendly, and supporting us through our various struggles. The educational value of the program is insane; I learned so much about regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, and bamboo construction. I also learned about environmental issues Ecuador and the world is facing. That's all not to mention how much of a great cultural immersion this experience was. This program has taught me a lot about so many things, even myself, and I'm going to take knowledge I got here everywhere I go.

Pros
  • Wildlife sightings
  • Learning
  • Experiencing life on a regenerative farm
Cons
  • Very hot, humid climate
  • Possible traveler's sickness
  • You'll definitely get covered in dirt many times
62 people found this review helpful.
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Emily
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

UC Berkeley January 2022 Trip

This experience was truly life changing as it was something I didn’t know I needed/ wanted to experience one day. I had the best time with the best people on the trip as I was able to learn so much about sustainable materials, regenerative agriculture, construction, the natural ecosystem in Chone, and much more. I loved the hands on field work aspect in junction with the lectures as it allowed me to build and utilise what I learned. While I do miss this trip so much, I’m glad I went home with over a thousands photos and videos to look back on! Go on this program if you have the opportunity to!

Pros
  • Too much fun
  • Food and accommodation
  • The people and the experiences
Cons
  • Leaving
55 people found this review helpful.
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Alina
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing most incredible experience

My experience at RFI was incredible. Not only was I surrounded with incredible likeminded peers but I got to meet the most generous, most hardworking locals and staff. I learned so so much and regenerative sustainable agriculture, bamboo construction and material and most of all got to experience hard work, and contribute in a positive way to the community. If you love our world and our beautiful natural environment you will love RFI. I felt very safe and guided throughout the I can not recommend this experience more!

Pros
  • Learn so much about agroforestry, bamboo construction, planting
  • Help the local Ecuadorian community by restoring the plant diversity
  • Meet incredible compassionate and hardworking pekpel
53 people found this review helpful.
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Alex
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

UC Berkeley January 2023 RFI Trip

I took this trip with a group of Berkeley students and had an INCREDIBLE time! I have never been to South America before and this program was a great intro. We got to learn about bamboo architecture and see actual structures like the Los Arboleros farm. We learned about regenerative agriculture, syntropic agroforestry, and soil health. We were working + learning a lot, so be ready for long days! SUPER rewarding + immersive. + I was inspired to pursue food systems + learn more about ag in school!

Pros
  • Got to learn SO much from being on the farm + in the city!
  • The food is amazing! Huge thank you to the chefs for keeping us so well fed! Also very accommodating for vegetarian, vegan, and plant-based
  • All the staff are so welcoming and kind. Super immersive experience.
Cons
  • Only brought one pair of jeans...Definitely bring more than one!
  • I didn't know much Spanish before going...Definitely recommend brushing up on Spanish before you go!
63 people found this review helpful.
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Isabelle
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience with the best people

I counted the days until this trip for months, and it was the most amazing experience I could possibly imagine. The environment and community there is so supportive and lively. I felt like I was a part of something greater than myself. I learned how to saw bamboo, build erosion dams, and work in subtropical fields. I am so grateful for the opportunity and this is an experience I will never ever forget. I definitely hope to go back as soon as I can. It is a magical place that is filled with so much love.

60 people found this review helpful.
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Georgia
5/5
No, I don't recommend this program

Best week of my life

This trip was life changing for me. The housing was beautiful and being in the open air facility was so refreshing and made me feel more connected to nature. The food was absolutely delicious. The work was hard but fulfilling and helped me challenge myself and grow as a person. The guides are so incredibly kind and supportive and really shaped the experience for the group I went with. The farm itself is so beautiful. I learned so much about sustainable farming and was able to see these practices first hand. I grew so much mentally and emotionally during my time there. I would highly recommend this experience.

Pros
  • Immersed in nature
  • Great kind people
  • Learned a lot
Cons
  • I wish it was longer
57 people found this review helpful.

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