If you are in need of assistance while a student is on an alternative break trip, use the information below.
Rizoma Field School Emergency Contact Info (For Uruguay team)
Ashley Colby: 598-091-790-755
Patrick Colby: 598-092-824-592
Green Empowerment Emergency Contact Info (For Nicaragua and Ecuador teams)
If a parent or someone else needs to get in touch with Green Empowerment or one of the participants urgently, the best thing to do would be to call Green Empowerment headquarters in Portland at 503-284-5774 Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PST or 503-504-5627 outside of normal working hours. Our Executive Director or one of the other staff members can reach those of us in the field through our networks of local contacts.
Nicaragua: Caitlyn Peake, [email protected]
Ecuador: Sam Schlesinger, [email protected]
General: [email protected]
More information about Green Empowerment can be found at:
University of Idaho Emergency Contact Info
Go down the list of numbers below until you find help.
|Shawn O’Neal||Work: 111-111-2220||Cell: 111-596-1314|
|Colton Oliphant||Work: 111-111-7870||Cell: 253-304-2224|
|Tara Roberts||Work: 111-111-2220||Cell: 111-310-0420|
Locations & Service Descriptions
Join and its local partners in building on the successful implementation of renewable energy technologies in the Esmeraldas province of northern Ecuador.Students will serve the rural cacao-growing communities of Felfa and Las Amazonas. Participants will work side by side with rural farming families, building and installing biogas digesters, passive solar dryers for cacao and/or potable water systems.
Much of the work can be physically demanding in the tropical climate, but the opportunity to help improve quality of life and conserve the fragile ecosystems of Esmeraldas is worth the effort. The group will stay in the community meeting halls in Felfa and Las Amazonas with the very basic accommodations typical in these communities. Typical Esmeraldan meals will be prepared for the group by families in each community, and students have the chance to learn how to prepare several local delicacies themselves.
Come help Green Empowerment and local partner AsoFénix improve community heath and protect the natural environment in the central hills of Nicaragua! After arriving in Managua, the group will travel into the countryside to spend a week and a half working with local families and technicians planting gardens, installing solar technologies, and constructing hygiene and sanitation facilities to improve the health, quality of life, and economic opportunities of residents in the villages of El Bálsamo and El Jazmin. The students will immerse themselves in local culture and bond with communities through shared labor. The physical work can be demanding, but seeing the smiles of the beneficiaries and the new friends you will make at the end is incredibly rewarding. Participants will stay with host families, where they will experience the local cuisine, engage in cultural exchanges, and witness firsthand the incredible impact their work makes.
Travel to Uruguay in the South American summer with Rizoma Field School! A small country wedged between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay offers a unique mix of European, Latin and African-influenced cultures, beautiful rolling countryside, and some of the world’s most progressive policies supporting both human happiness and preserving the natural environment. The group will ring in the new year with a traditional Uruguayan asado celebration, which centers around grilling food outdoors, drinking yerba mate (an Uruguayan tea), music, and sobremesa: the concept of chatting around a table during meals. Next, participants will work closely on projects with small-scale agricultural producers who do a mix of subsistence production and some agricultural production for sale. These small producers strive to use only organic principles, but they are being challenged in their ability to subsist on the land by the introduction of industrial agriculture to Uruguay in recent decades. We will support these farmers through various projects including: road repair, planting, harvesting, or preparing soil organically. These projects will help to support the continued resilience of these farmers in their challenge to live with minimal impact on the environment. The work will be physically challenging, but in doing this work you will be making a significant impact on the small-scale farming community in Uruguay, and in doing so you will learn about a resilient way of life that has been flourishing in this region for centuries..