Ceiba Foundation
Study Abroad in Ecuador!

Ceiba connects nature and people, saving tropical species and habitats while helping communities improve their lives and livelihoods.  We focus on Ecuador's coastal forest and orchid-rich mountains, two of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth.  Our approach keeps land in local hands by emphasizing conservation easements and financial incentives to promote sustainable land stewardship.

Study Abroad

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime educational adventure in pristine tropical locales, and benefit from Ceiba’s twenty years of conservation experience and the academic quality of the University of Wisconsin


Your support protects critically threatened forests on Ecuador’s Pacific coast and in the Andes by launching locally-operated nature reserves and linking community development to biodiversity conservation


Ceiba scientists, volunteers, and researchers from around the world study how to protect nature and ensure that communities benefit from ecosystem services like clean and abundant fresh water

Notes from the Field

Marine Biology and Community Health Courses in Belize and Ecuador

July 12th, 2022 | Joe Meisel

At Ceiba we pride ourselves in offering world-class study abroad opportunities for university students from the USA, Canada, and indeed around the world.  Our flagship program is the Tropical Conservation Semester, which runs in Ecuador each spring.  But not everybody can go overseas for a full semester, so we also offer intensive summer programs in ...

TCS 2022 Graduation

Graduation Day in Ecuador for TCS Seniors

May 18th, 2022 | Joe Meisel

What better way is there to finish off a semester abroad than by graduating from college?  That was the case for 11 students on the 2022 Tropical Conservation Semester, which just wrapped up after 18 action-packed weeks in Ecuador!  Thanks to some pandemic-induced delays, a troop of students who might have studied abroad in their ...

Woolly Monkeys at Tiputini

Tropical Conservation Semester Explores the Amazon

March 1st, 2022 | Joe Meisel

The Tropical Conservation Semester is back in 2022!  Ceiba continues our long history of offering high-quality study abroad programs that lead students on explorations to some of the most biodiverse sites on the planet and offer unparalleled opportunities to assist ongoing conservation projects.  This year, thanks to the University of Wisconsin’s confidence and support, Ceiba ...