Past student-villager partnerships have yielded the first digital maps of the community, the first catalog of medicinal plants, the first books from oral stories, the first multimedia performances, the first studies of waste and water. You may choose the semester, including summer, in which to work. Our 24/7 Internet makes it possible to fulfill course credits online while living at Caiman House. Homestays with village families are available after a period of mutual acclimation.
Mike Martin - Site/Internship Coordinator
Mike Martin grew up in the small farming community of Listowel, Ontario and graduated from the University of Waterloo as an Environment and Resource Studies major. Mike landed in Yupukari as a traveler in 2006 and has served as Caiman House's "Mike-of-all-trades" ever since, helping to design the Guest House, grow ecotourism, guide visitors, write our most successful grants and serve as Site Coordinator and Internship Supervisor for Lesley University's GLASS program, based at Caiman House. Academically he is likewise a generalist, interested in everything from conservation biology to business and education, and is currently completing a Sustainability MBA from the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo. Mike says, "I want to teach and co-create with any skill set, and ensure that those skills are put to work in complement with village needs."