OUR MISSION

ABOVE THE EQUATOR

PERSPECTIVE, SUSTAINABILTY, CULTURE

PERSPECTIVE After our immersive Amazon expeditions, travelers return home with a greater awareness, deeper appreciation, and expanded perspective of life and the role they can play in helping to improve it.

PERSPECTIVE

After our immersive Amazon expeditions, travelers return home with a greater awareness, deeper appreciation, and expanded perspective of life and the role they can play in helping to improve it.

SUSTAINABILITY Experiencing the simple and natural Amazon lifestyle and helping with our initiatives increases attention on sustainability, leading to more balance and a higher level of purpose and satisfaction.

SUSTAINABILITY

Experiencing the simple and natural Amazon lifestyle and helping with our initiatives increases attention on sustainability, leading to more balance and a higher level of purpose and satisfaction.

CULTURE Cross-cultural exchanges across borders and language lead to deeper consideration for different ways of living.  Common ground is revealed and strong bonds are made.

CULTURE

Cross-cultural exchanges across borders and language lead to deeper consideration for different ways of living.  Common ground is revealed and strong bonds are made.


BELOW THE EQUATOR

WATER, HEALTH, EDUCATION

WATER Clean drinking water is vital to the health and future of these people, yet the mighty Amazon no longer provides this. Installing water filtration systems and village water towers across the region is an attainable and sustainable solution.

WATER

Clean drinking water is vital to the health and future of these people, yet the mighty Amazon no longer provides this. Installing water filtration systems and village water towers across the region is an attainable and sustainable solution.

HEALTH Quality healthcare is essential to help sustain the life of these people. The most effective means of support is assisting the remote rainforest medical facility La Clinica Yanamono.

HEALTH

Quality healthcare is essential to help sustain the life of these people. The most effective means of support is assisting the remote rainforest medical facility La Clinica Yanamono.

EDUCATION Access to a quality education for all children is important to preservation of life in the Amazon. Beyond providing school supplies, we move to a new level of focus on strengthening teacher education and providing safe and reliable transportation to school.

EDUCATION

Access to a quality education for all children is important to preservation of life in the Amazon. Beyond providing school supplies, we move to a new level of focus on strengthening teacher education and providing safe and reliable transportation to school.


Ron Rossi found a deeply-rooted passion for the Peruvian Amazon while attending an Educator’s Workshop in the Summer of 1995.

Upon his return, he vowed to bring students there to see it with their own eyes and gain a perspective that could change their lives – and then, their world. Quite a lofty goal for a professional photographer and visual-imaging specialist who, at that time, was not an educator at all.

He continued traveling to the Amazon annually, taking whoever would go along.  Eventually he found himself teaching high-school technology and his dream of leading student expeditions took off. Through his popular Project Term offering at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, MI, he has introduced hundreds of young women, on the cusp of college and adulthood, to the magic of the Amazon rainforest and its people.

Every summer he offers the same experience to others and over the years, there developed a collective interest in giving back to the region. To this end, Ron founded EKOAMAZON with the intention of providing an infrastructure to help sustain life in the region that stole his heart over 20 years ago.