Brazil: The Amazon Rainforest and Rio de Janeiro

This is a popular Travel and Learn adventure, we stay in a hotel built within the tree-tops of the Amazon rainforest and learn about the most diverse and fragile ecosystem on earth. We are surrounded by parrots and monkeys which always come down to feed from your hand if you have bananas! We take daily boat rides down the Amazon to look for wildlife including howler monkeys, birds of prey and sloths. Everyone should visit the Amazon once in their lives to experience the true wonder of this natural environment rich in biodiversity and to understand its importance and vulnerability. We then take a short flight to experience a complete contrast of environments by visiting the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Rio de Janeiro which offers many sightseeing attractions and activities. But Rio has its own issues and students will learn about the cause and effect of deprivation and the favelas (Shanty towns) in this city.

Activities: Piranha fishing, swimming in the Amazon, feeding and swimming with the pink river dolphins, jungle trekking, alligator spotting at night, a sunrise boat trip and a visit to an Amazonian village to learn about life in the rainforest. In Rio activities include a visit to the Maracana stadium (optional), a visit to Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car, cycling along Copacabana and Ipanema beach, shopping in craft markets, a Tango dance show (optional) and even hang-gliding off the mountains behind the city (optional).

Educational focus: Geography: The significance of biodiversity as a global resource, environmental stress and global degradation, the causes and impacts of deforestation, the impact of tourism on the local community. In Rio students will see and learn about the causes and effects of the Favelas (shanty towns). A specific Life Skills travel Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) is offered throughout the program.