Mission Statement

We bring together a top group of students, indigenous experts, and faculty for research and learning in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Together we seek to better understand the culture of the region and to find practical solutions for a sustainable future.   A parallel plank of our mission is to provide local green employment for members of our indigenous network as an alternative to extraction and migration.

To prepare graduate students for work with indigenous communities we offer:



Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Florida International University, Brigham Young University and the University of Pittsburgh.  We welcome faculty from any college or university who would like to be a part of our team either by collaborating in research or by bringing students for a Study Abroad  experience.


Located at the headwaters of the Rio Napo near Tena with extension campuses in the Waorani territory on the Río Nushino and Río Curaray.