OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Our five Course Instructors originally met through the online National Geographic Explorers community forum, as we reached out to one another for collective support in a time of need. We are all actively involved in small, grassroots, community-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have significant responsibilities for and mandates to our local community partners. We worried about how we would weather the storm of COVID-19 when much of our funding was based on field courses, international donations, and product sales. We began sharing ideas of how to creatively support one another and our partnering communities across Latin America.
Our discussions quickly turned from intimidating to inspiring - launching us into what is now the Virtual Field School. The inception of the idea, and the heart of all of our work, remains the same: to support our local community partners towards a more sustainable and equitable future.
Therefore, 100% of our program fees will be donated to the non-profit organizations that we care so deeply about.
While we are all individually affiliated with the National Geographic Society and are grateful for their support of our research projects, the Virtual Field School is an independently run project and is not operated by or affiliated with the National Geographic Society.