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Amauta Escuela

Organized by: Elsa Tapia

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The Amauta School is uniquely located in the Madrigal Nature Reserve, immediately adjacent to Podocarpus National Park, one of Ecuador’s most famous and beautiful parks.  Created in 2002, Amauta has been providing an alternative, personalized and inclusive environmental education since its inception that is motivated and supported by parents, teachers, and students.

A combination of Montessori, Piaget, and Vigosky teaching and learning pedagogies are used to promote critical thinking. Teachers are hired in their specialty area to work with students to develop projects and investigations in a cooperative learning environment that develops confidence and mutual respect among students.  Teaching and learning is student-centered and programed so that students progress at their own pace. Class sizes of 7-14 allow for individualized attention.

Amauta’s goal is to provide students with a broad liberal arts education, rooted in cooperative and project-based education. On campus, students at Amauta are exposed to Language Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Music, Art, Theater, and Critical Thinking.  In addition to classroom activities, we regularly take students into the reserve to learn about natural history and ecology.  Additionally, we take students on a wide variety of field trips throughout the Loja region to learn more about history, arts & performance, and science. While teaching materials are updated every term, we are in desperate need of items to truly offer a 21st century education to our students.

Support:  Amauta has the incredible support of parents, teacher, and students – but, like many schools in Ecuador, it could use material donations and financial aid to more adequately support students’ education. 

Amauta is continually working to improve the educational experience for children in Ecuador.  The saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  Having the support of a global village has the power to immediately improve the educational realities of students in Ecuador.  If you are travelling here and have access to bring new or used items, the following would greatly help our students:

  • Spanish Books
  • Educational Games or Toys
  • Musical instruments
  • A used Laptop Computer

One of our primary objectives is to teach students about the value or natural areas, so that they can become stewards of the future.  Natural areas in South America are threatened by a myriad of human endeavors.  By raising a new generation to understand, appreciate, and protect natural areas, we can have a lasting impact on our world. Teachers at Amauta take students on extended field studies to fully appreciate, learn about, and experience nature.  To better facilitate these field studies, we are in need of:

  • Tents
  • Binoculars  
  • Compasses
  • Stopwatches
  • Digital Cameras
  • Video Cameras

Finally, we are also working to create a first-class educational program with extremely limited funds.  If you are able to make a financial donation, we have begun a campaign to purchase:

  • Microscopes for science classes
  • A projection microscope for instruction
  • An In-Focus projector for classroom and whole-school presentations
  • At least one computer iin every classroom for education and instruction

A new water filtration system.  The water on campus comes from several springs – and with a new filtering system, we could supply all students and staff with safe, local water and stop bringing bottled water to the school.

  • Playground Equipment
  • A sound system for our school theater
  • New Plastic for our Greenhouse (it is now aged and torn)
  • Kitchen appliances - as all of our appliances are quite old and are falling into disrepair.  We cook healthy lunches on site and provide local fruit every day for all of our students.

These projects will substantially enhance the educational experience for every one of our students

If you have any other ideas on how to support education at Amauta, please feel free to e-mail us at any time at: or visit our webpage at:




2% Raised of $24,000 Goal

  • Izabella Rodziewicz


  • Marek Rodziewicz


  • Mary Clark & Craig Schaffer


Organized by

Elsa Tapia

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Mary Clark & Craig Schaffer

Mary Clark & Craig Schaffer


for scholarships for needy students 2 years ago

Marek Rodziewicz

Marek Rodziewicz


Taller de actividades practicas 2 years ago

Izabella Rodziewicz

Izabella Rodziewicz


Taller de actividades multiples 2 years ago

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