- Social Innovation Fellowship
Esperanza International is a student-run NGO dedicated to addressing the social and environmental consequences of oil extraction through our work with indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We aim to improve educational opportunities for indigenous youth and support local efforts to engage in cultural conservation and ecotourism through the collaboration between students and indigenous leaders. This summer, Lauren and Blair will bring a group of interns from universities in the United States and Ecuador to live and work with the Secoya community of Ecuador. The interns will be trained as advocates for marginalized Amazonian cultures, and the relationships they form in the community will serve as the foundation for collaborations on long-term projects in education,ecotourism and cultural conservation.