Building students’ confidence through
experiential education in Galápagos
Even though they live in the middle of the ocean, Galápagos children do not have access to the sea. AKP is excited to partner with Naveducando Foundation to bring a five-day “floating classroom” experience to seventh-graders from the Galápagos Islands.
During their time “off the grid,” the children are immersed in an outdoor environment and learn about the natural world and how to safeguard it.
Naveducando’s instructors and naturalist guides bring the children on island nature hikes. The students experience lessons about wildlife, ecology, geology, history, conservation, sustainability and more. They are taught to keep a safe and respectful distance from endemic species while they learn about biodiversity and why it is important.
The students also learn about personal responsibility and sustainable choices by working together to collect trash on island beaches. Additionally, they learn directly from the boat’s captain, crew and guides about their jobs and the skills and experience needed to accomplish their work.
These students return home transformed. Each year, a few students are nominated for the program based on their academics. With AKP’s support, Naveducando is working to make the free program accessible to all seventh graders in the Galápagos.