The Motacu Amazon Research Center

Sustainable Bolivia and its partners are committed to researching the Amazonian rainforest and its rich cultural and biological diversity.  The Motacu Research Center represents one stage of an ongoing process to establish an interdisciplinary field school in the Aquicuana Reserve.  Currently, the center is carrying out research pertaining to the conservation of the local ecosystem, permaculture design, and engaging in reforestation initiatives.

Located in the heart of Aquicuana Reserve, our center seeks to understand the complex relationships between the forest and its inhabitants.  To this end, we observe and we engage.  We work alongside our sister non-profit, Fundacion Amazonia, to implement community development and conservation projects. We bring the classroom to the field: affecting change, creating global communities and instilling practical life-skills.

* This project is still under development.  If you are interested in alternative educational models and would like to assist us, please let us know on your application

The Motacu philosophy:

We believe students must engage and learn both inside and outside the classroom.  The ivory towers of academia can limit our ability to fully understand and address the unique issues we face as a global society.  This is especially true in given the importance of Amazon Rainforest; one of world’s most important natural resources.  Like learning a foreign language, you need to immerse yourself to truly understand its nuances.

Innovative approaches recognize the practical benefits of integrative and experiential education.  The Motacu Research Center seeks to build upon this philosophy, providing a safe and comfortable setting to integrate design, art, scientific research, and community education through residencies and workshops.


Learn and Contribute

SB supports long-term community development and conservation projects inside the Reserve.  These interdisciplinary initiatives seek to improve living standards, focusing on education, community health, economic development and regenerative agriculture.   Field School students won’t just study these approaches; they’ll work alongside local communities to implement them.  Students and educators will learn and contribute.

Returning to the city of Riberalta, students will have the opportunity to contextualize their field learning through classroom based analysis and critical reflection. Local and international instructors and experts will lead hands-on workshops and classroom lectures.   Students can also visit nearby ecological, cultural and historic sites in Bolivia.

We are currently looking for individuals with a background in education and a sincere interest in assisting us develop a progressive field school that benefits the student, the environment and the community.