NCGE-GeoCamp Amazon

Summer Professional Development for Teachers

Why go to the Amazon? The reasons are endless!

When you are there you will see and feel and smell and hear our world like you never have before.  It will touch you in ways you never imagined.  You will see how the extreme geography of the Loreto region of Peru effects every aspect of life from food & education, to biodiversity & use of habitat, to electricity, WIFI and healthcare.  A place where the endless wonder of nature and the endearing quality of the local people will capture your heart, engage your imagination and change you.

An Unparalleled Experience of Wonder!

Iquitos, Peru and the Loreto Region of the Amazon

July 20 - July 29, 2024 (departure to arrival home)

NCGE GeoCamp and Jamazon Journeys partner to offer an exceptional professional development opportunity for educators of all levels in the extraordinary region of Loreto in the Peruvian Amazon from July 20  to July 29, 2024.

This NCGE – GeoCamp Amazon is a place-based intensive short course in geographic inquiry and field methods for in-service teachers and education professionals.  The extraordinary wonders of life in the Loredo region of Peru, including Iquitos and the Peruvian Amazon are our classroom.  All seven essential elements of geography will be incorporated as we explore how and why plants, animals, and humans interact in this extreme environment.

The experience and course will draw content from all of the geographic themes including physical geography, human settlement, and environmental adaptation; changing geopolitical spheres of influence; sense of place; and global environmental change.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: K-12 educators or higher education professionals involved with any of the social studies, earth or environmental sciences, or any subject where the applicant can make an explicit connection to the National Geography Standards within his/her curriculum.  Space is limited – maximum of 18. 

COST: $3,200.  The fee includes all activities & experiences, lodging, meals, ground and water transportation, course materials, minimal guide tips, and pre-travel presentations.  Participants may budget extra for incidentals, additional beverages, and souvenirs.  Airfare is not included but advice for booking flights will be offered and available.  

Once an application is received it will be reviewed within 2-3 business days and you will receive notification through email of your acceptance.  Upon acceptance a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 will be due within 7 days to secure your spot.  The remaining balance is due in two equal payments of $1,100 on March 15 and May 1st, respectively.  You may pay early or in full at any time prior to May 1, but all balances must be paid in full by May 2nd.  If you are receiving a grant from an outside source, please indicate this on your application, and update NCGE to any changes. 

Please Note: NCGE reserves the right to cancel GeoCamp Amazon for any reason.  In the Event NCGE cancels the trip, NCGE will provide a full refund for any payment made to NCGE. 



After experiencing NCGE – GeoCamp Amazon participants will be able to:

  • Make personal connections and discover similarities between the Amazon and their own home
  • Inspire their students about the Amazon through first-hand experiences and stories of  their journey. 
  • Gain a fuller perspective of the planet in their day to day activities at home.  
  • Design and share geographic lessons for students based on place-based experience.
  • Have a connection and resources for future questions or students experiences in the Amazon through the trip leader. 

Answering the Big Questions:

  • Where is the Amazon?
  • Why teach about the Amazon?
  • What is there?
  • Why take care of it?
  • How can we care for the Amazon from home?

DELIVERABLES: Participants will be expected to produce classroom-ready resource materials and lessons for dissemination through national, state and/or local outlets including the NCGE Annual Conference and The Geography Teacher journal. Participants are strongly encouraged to coordinate statewide dissemination activities with State Alliances for Geographic Education. Materials produced in this institute will be submitted to the GeoCamp database for use by teachers and students from all over the world. NCGE will confer certificates of completion for participants to apply toward professional recertification credits consistent with policies in their respective school districts. 

Required Pre-Trip Webinars (All on Thursdays @ 4:00pm EST)

  • February 15, 2024 – Session 1: Geographic Location and Climate, How to pack for the Jungle and Jungle Logistics
  • March 28, 2024 – Session 2: Animals, Plants, and Systems of the Amazon
  • May 9, 2024 – Session 3: People, Villages, Language and Culture of the Amazon
  • June 27, 2024 – Pre-Trip Q&A: Itinerary & Program Updates plus Time for Last Minute Questions. 

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