International Expeditions is dedicated to preserving the natural habitats of the places we serve, and to improving the welfare of the people and communities in the areas where we provide Amazon River cruises and rainforest tours. We are committed to ecotourism and strive to thoroughly understand Amazon River Basin Conservation to minimize our impact on the rainforest. To do this we select and train exceptional local Amazon River guides, who accompany our Amazon Voyage guests every step of the way. We impress our mission upon our service providers too, so that they can participate in our Amazon River conservation projects.
By creating water treatment plants and point-of-use water treatment systems in small villages in the depths of the Amazon, IE is addressing a very real health need of the villagers, providing clean drinking water for villagers whose only source of water has been the river. In these villages, that means parasite-free water to drink, brush teeth and cook with every day! Local medical clinics are reporting a positive difference in the health of the villagers.
Created by IE and CONAPAC in 1993, the Adopt-A-School program began by matching schools in the USA with rural schools in the Amazon rainforest. It quickly grew into a donor based program, providing rural schools and students with school supplies while promoting environmental education in their communities. The program serves 120 schools with 4,200 students and teachers in more than 70 communities along the Amazon and Napo rivers. Before a child receives books and supplies, the parents sign a pledge to send their children to school every day and to use the supplies with respect. IE even purchased an 18-foot boat to more easily deliver these supplies to the remote villages.
Housed at a public school, the Las Malvinas urban garden project is the centerpiece of an IE-funded environmental education program. Teachers use this outdoor classroom to teach environmental awareness, biology and language arts, and the garden is integrated into the school’s curriculum. There are over 1,000 students, with just over 500 students at high school age, who will be the garden’s primary users. The Las Malvinas Garden is home to a working vegetable garden, plant nursery, medicinal plant garden and two ponds. The garden consists of areas for planting tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and onions. The students harvest the vegetables and fish for their own consumption and offer them for sale in the local markets.