Fifteen students took part in Kwantlen Polytechnic University first field study in Colombia.

Adventures in the Amazon

Fifteen Kwantlen student explorers return from the rain forest

They took their curriculum to the world’s largest rainforest, and are bringing perspective back with them to the classroom.

After two weeks exploring Bogota and the Amazon jungle, 15 Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students have returned home and are heading to classes to debrief the university’s first Colombian field school.

“The field study was an ambitious endeavor to give students a transformative experience,” says Kim Paris, a fourth-year student majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology.

“This adventure to Colombia is something that I will never forget. When I started at Kwantlen I had a goal to further educate myself. I never thought that my time at university would also lead to such an amazing experience as this.”

Students left for South America June 7 to study the country’s culture, history and philosophy as part of an Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts (IDEA) course run by KPU instructors Ross Laird and Lucie Gagne.

In addition to travel, the group mingled with local artisans, visited the National University and its Amazonian Studies program, toured a monkey rescue centre, journeyed into the jungle with a shaman, explored parks, reserves, rivers and shorelines, and learned about the Calanoa Project, which champions sustainability and conservation in the Amazon region.

“Internationalization of curriculum prepares learners for an increasingly interdependent and interdisciplinary world, facilitates their understanding of other cultures, and fosters effective living in the global community,” says Laird.

For more information about the Amazon Field School and other field school opportunities, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars at or visit

More information about the Calanoa Project can be found at

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Man pleads guilty to stabbing woman, off-duty cop outside North Delta elementary school

The suspect, whose name is under a publication ban, faced 10 charges in relation to this incident

Surrey RCMP boss Brian Edwards on moving forward, and what keeps him awake at night

Edwards spoke with Now-Leader reporter Tom Zytaruk about what he’s learning and hopes to accomplish as Surrey’s top cop

PHOTOS: Cloverdale’s Coldest Night of the Year charity walk raises $125K

Annual event sees more than 500 walkers take part

All-Surrey battle for South Fraser boys basketball title

At Tamanawis, the top four teams will go to provincials

Hopes are for ‘focus on Surrey investments’ when Horgan speaks in March

Luncheon at golf course planned by Surrey Board of Trade

VIDEO: Illicit drug overdoses killed 981 in B.C. in 2019, down 38%

Chief coroner says figures were down about a third in the province’s fourth year of the opioid crisis

UPDATE: Protesters dismantle blockade on Maple Ridge tracks

West Coast Express train service is expected to run again Tuesday morning

VIDEO: B.C.’s seventh coronavirus patient at home in Fraser Health region

Canada in ‘containment’ as COVID-19 spreads in other countries

Motorists were ‘driving like their own Indy 500’ before fatal Abbotsford crash, court hears

Family member declares defence request for 90-day jail sentence a ‘joke’

B.C. takes over another Retirement Concepts senior care home

Summerland facility latest to have administrator appointed

RCMP pull office from Wet’suwet’en territory, but hereditary chiefs still want patrols to end

Chief says temporary closure of field office not enough as Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute drags on

Prescription opioids getting B.C. addicts off ‘poisoned’ street drugs

Minister Judy Darcy says Abbotsford pilot project working

Royals, Elvis, Captain Cook: Hundreds of wax figures find new life in B.C. man’s home

Former director of Victoria’s Royal London Wax Museum still hopes to revive wax figure tourism

Teck CEO says Frontier withdrawal a result of tensions over climate, reconciliation

Don Lindsay speaks at mining conference, a day after announcing suspension of oilsands project

Most Read