KNOWING. ADAPTING. IMMERSING.
"We are like the quinoa beans: if we are alone, the wind will take us far away, but if we are united in a sack, the wind cannot make any harm. We are like the páramo straw that is pulled up and grows again … and from the straw of the páramo we will sow the world"
- Mama Dolores Cacuango (Ecuadorian Indigenous Leader)
What is Fireside’s World Bound - Ecuador Amazon: Climate Change Education and Outdoor Leadership Course?
This unique 21 day outdoor youth leadership course allows youth to embrace the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest, learn about Indigenous perspectives, knowledge and history, connect with Ecuadorian culture, eat fantastic food and participate in impactful and educational climate change workshops.
Fireside Adventures is proud to officially launch “World Bound –Ecuador Amazon: Climate Change Education and Outdoor Youth Leadership Course” for those wanting to explore the incredible Amazon rainforest while travelling within the majestic countryside of Ecuador’s endless scenic spaces.
World Bound - Ecuador is not only connecting youth directly with Indigenous and Ecuadorian communities, culture, people and their art, we are also enjoying the fine balance of being on and off the beaten path in an Ecuadorian/Amazonian youth leadership adventure.
We know that Climate Change has fundamentally reshaped the lives of future generations; we know that our present lives must shift too. It has been said that leadership will define present and future generations. What’s missing is connection, education and outdoor leadership
Date: July 22 – August 11, 2020
Early Bird Rate: $3899.00 CDN plus 5% tax (before December 31, 2019)
Winter Rate: $3999.00 CDN plus 5% tax (before March 01, 2020)
Regular Rate: $4349.00 CDN plus 5% tax (after March 01, 2020)
Deposit: $650.00 (required to secure registration) per registration.
Includes: Pre-camp trip check-in (skype conference with attendees), climate change education and outdoor leadership course curriculum, 24/7 instruction & support, pre-course check-in, food, accommodation, ground transportation, activities, Fireside eco-swag (t-shirt, water bottle and more), group camping and course gear, welcome package, 10 hours of Spanish lessons, a course certificate and family communication with home.
BC Locations: Highlands Region – We will be visiting Quito (Ecuadorian capital), Otavalo (Biggest Indigenous settlement in Ecuador), Zuleta, Cuicocha, Cochasqui, Cayambe, Chota (Afro – Ecuadorian communities) and Banos. Amazon Region – Cuyabeno National Park.
It's a Life Changing Experience
“Climate Change will define our idea of leadership rather than leadership defining our idea of climate change”
-Jeff Willis (founder of Fireside Adventures)
In this moment, our understanding of leadership is vital in facing Climate Change, our future depends on it. We believe Climate Change is fundamentally forcing the world to rethink the leadership paradigm. We need leaders who will facilitate economic and social transformations to help curb global warming.
To meet these demands, we are rethinking how we do things. Fireside Adventures’ aim is to provide camps, expeditions and courses that support young leaders as they learn through Climate Change workshops and experiential education. Our Climate Education and Outdoor Leadership Courses are now open; we invite all youth to enroll for summer 2020.
From a Fireside Parent:
"I just wanted to let you know what an enriching experience this has been for Bruno. He grew so much over the 3-week course. He came back with more self-confidence and a better attitude overall. Most importantly, he enjoyed himself tremendously. He told us that it was the "best three weeks of his life!"
- Fireside Parent.
Why Fireside Adventures?
We are inquisitive, intuitive, informative, reliable, intentional and a load of fun. We keep things simple, authentic, safe and meaningful. We don’t offer one of those “canned” or “carbon copy” touristy type of travel experiences. It’s just not our ‘jam”. We strive to connect youth with generous and teachable life moments and others while embracing the best of climate change education and outdoor leadership.
At Fireside, we’ve created an environmental and experiential style leadership course, built upon four key leadership benchmarks.
Give youth practical knowledge, direction and inspiration to address Climate Change through 21st century leadership and education approaches.
Experience how Climate change has been shaping Ecuadorian ecosystems and society.
Learn about the importance of actively inquiring, questioning, challenging and participating in the election and decision making processes of political leaders.
Provide adaptable and relevant outdoor leadership and environmental skills training.
Connect immersive learning objectives with life shaping experiences within a unique area (Amazon) impacted by Climate Change.
Discuss the challenges of Climate Change through both the lens of science and Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives.
World Bound: Climate Change Education and Outdoor Leadership Courses are an excellent opportunity to travel, explore, discover and connect with three of our favourite places in the world: Canada’s British Columbia and Yukon Territory, and Ecuador’s Amazon. Providing a completely different and unique perspective on Climate Change.
Our World Bound - Ecuador takes youth through some of Ecuador’s most biodiverse and untouched locations as they are challenged, strive and learn.
Youth Leaders Are Seen, Heard and Believed
“We are going to change the fate of humanity whether you like it or not”
– Greta Thunberg
World Bound - Ecuador is a 21-day leadership course where youth:
Will immerse themselves in Fireside’s climate change education and outdoor leadership course located within the Amazon;
Will participate in community and environmental awareness & witness projects within Ecuador;
Will learn about Ecuador and its bio-diverse ecosystem through the perspective of Indigenous peoples;
Will learn about different cultural backgrounds. Although this adventure is solely based in Ecuador, youth will likely gain a greater understanding of other Latin countries as well;
Will understand oral and informal learning traditions;
Will understand the role of colonialism, in a country where its influence is notably fresh;
Experience and learn from the knowledge, culture, language, traditions, food, and daily life of the Indigenous communities in Ecuador;
Will identify principal environmental issues, their causes, and possible solutions;
Will learn about the Indigenous-eco-tourism models being steered by the communities we visit;
Will find out how our daily habits and decisions contribute to the destruction and deterioration of our natural world.
Will indirectly support touristic and cultural preservation projects that Indigenous communities are running;
Will develop their outdoor and environmental leadership skills;
Will engage in relevant knowledge and evidence-based training that is action oriented and adaptable for an ever-changing world;
Will have a ton of fun while enjoying a summer experience unlike any other for teenagers.
Will receive a leadership certificate
It's a Life Changing Experience
Like you, we believe in order to understand Climate Change Education, people will learn best if they have a stronger relationship with nature, self and others. Fireside youth are supported by inspiring educators who instruct, lead, and care for them. We truly believe youth need to develop a pertinent range of life and leadership skills to understand our interconnectedness with the shared natural world.
World Bound - Ecuador teaches the skills of adaptation, advocacy, assertiveness, re- learning, and design thinking, all with the incredible backdrop of the Amazon. This majestic landscape provides pure ecological nirvana with an abundance of wildlife, geological uniqueness, historical significance; the diversity of people will allow a first-hand look at how climate change is already impacting regions such as the Amazon
Amazing fresh air!
We will be travelling through the traditional and ancestral lands of Otavalo, Karanquis, Kichwa Sayari, Panzaleos and Siona Indigenous Communities.
“The key to saving the Amazon and the rest of the world’s great rainforests is actually very simple: just put a fair price on the role they play in providing a quarter of the world’s oxygen, a fifth of fresh water, and 60 percent of its species.”
— Johan Eliasch
SafetyRegardless of a participant ’s level of comfort and outdoor skills, it is safer to travel in a group and it is much safer to have an experienced instructor supporting them. Our team always prioritizes planning, preparing, and most importantly, teaching participants how to be safe in the wilderness.
FoodA well-nourished body makes a significant impact on a person’s experience in times of physical and/or mental exertion. Participants will learn how to pack and prepare healthy and holistic meals in our camp kitchens, suited for all diets.
Fitness CapacitiesIf you are concerned about yours or your child’s physical readiness to attend one of our Fireside camps/expeditions, please contact us directly. We modify our experiences based on the participants' abilities and capacities. Relax and let us work together to make an informed and shared decision.
We do our best to understand the present and future impacts of climate change. We provide thoughtful discussions and rationale of why we all must do our best to minimize our carbon use including ways to reduce food waste, non-recyclable materials and more. We take public transit or walk as much as possible, and respect nature by reducing our ecological footprints.
Indigenous PeopleWe acknowledge that we are visitors of the traditional lands of Indigenous People. We ask permission to visit and explore their lands while also inviting local First Nations to participate in our camps, share their knowledge and provide a space to collaborate. Fireside Adventures recognizes the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Small Group Focused & MobileWe purposely place restrictions on group size (minimum 8 and maximum 15) of participants as believe less means more for providing an enriched and meaningful experience for each participant. We are not defined by one permanent location as we are rooted in the belief that adventure and learning come from exploring the lands and water around us.
Place and Inquiry Based
All of our selected locations for our camps and expeditions are purposely chosen to provide a platform for inquiry and experiential learning, to learn through the natural world and its significance in relation to culture, geography, history, people and environment.
Social and Emotional LearningWe create a safe place so participants can develop and enhance their resiliency, independence and self-efficacy. We weave learning opportunities throughout our programs for participants to improve the skills necessary to manage and understand their emotions and their relationships.
We are inclusive of all genders, races, cultures, languages, shapes, sizes, colours, abilities and capacities. Those who arrive on the first day of the camp/expedition are important characters of the shared experienced that is to begin. It is a privilege to be the characters in each other's stories and experiences, not our right.