Shoulder to Shoulder: Ecuador

Program Description:

 Each January Lasell College students, staff, and faculty travel for 7 days to Ecuador to participate in environmental service-learning. Students will learn about Ecuador's biodiversity & sustainable agriculture while working to protect Ecuador's gorgeous environment and serving youth in the community. Participants should expect group accommodations in hostels, homestays and cabins (with and without electricity), and full days of intensive manual labor and reflective intellectual work.

Preparation for the trip happens during the Fall semester as a part of SVL203: Environmental Service in Ecuador.  This course is required for all participants and covers the climate, ecology, history, and culture of Ecuador, in addition to addressing pre-trip travel administrative details and some language study. 

Trip Leaders:

Aaron Toffler, J.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Policy

Professor Toffler has been an attorney in private and public practice (representing private clients and municipalities). He most recently was the Director of the Natural Cities Program at the Urban Ecology Institute, a nonprofit organization formerly located at Boston College, where he represented community groups in urban environmental issues including land use, open space and development issues. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Boston College and Boston College Law School, and has been teaching at Lasell since 2008. He has an article in the Virginia Environmental Law Journal (21:318-385) on urban ecology and the restoration of urban ecosystems.

Amy Greene, M.P.A.

Assistant Director, Center for Community-Based Learning

Amy is actively involved in community service and service-learning efforts locally and abroad through her current role at the CCBL.  She has been employed with a variety of universities, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies where she has focused her efforts on environmental education, social justice, youth development, and women's rights.  She is an active member of the Lasell College Environmental Sustainability Committee, and created and manages Lasell's first student green employment program, the Eco-Reps.

For more information, view our Ecuador Newsletter

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