The trip to Mato Grosso, including brief visits to Kamayura and Xavante Indian villages, is scheduled for July 19 to August 5. Students will be accompanied by Associate Head of School & Dean of Students Brian Easler, Dean of Studies Erik Kindblom, and Director of Marketing & Communications Meghan Rothschild.
To prepare for their trip, students read Voices from the Amazon by Binka Le Breton, and appropriate articles from various sources. They attended classes earlier this spring and were presented with topics such as Brazilian ecosystems, the landless workers movement, and informational talks about fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds of the area. Also included in the classes was such logistical information as visas, vaccinations, and packing information.
The students began their study with a viewing of Valley of the Forgotten, a documentary film vividly showing the many levels of conflict in the Amazon Basin.
Last year's trip caught the attention of BusinessWest with the article, Lessons from the Amazon by George O'Brien. It explores how "WMA Students Witness the Conflict Between Progress, Conservation."