Eco-immersion: An Approach We Have Honed Over 15 Years
Eco: From the Greek word, oikos. Home. Planet Earth is our Home. All living organisms on Earth share this Home. Lets get to know them.
Immersion: Become immersed in new parts of your Home. Get to know what life is really like in other’s homes. Hometowns. Home villages. Home Forests. Their corner store. Their local foods. Their neighbors.
We use small villages as our anchor. Our neighborhood. Like visiting your uncle who lives abroad. Even when in larger towns and cities, we approach it as many small villages. We do this because it provides the most powerful eco-immersion opportunity. As we all know from our hometowns, that is where real life happens, and that is what we want to share with you.
Employing our unique approach to experiential travel, including the Story Approach and Expedition Mentality, we help you to authentically experience your destination, while supporting the local economy and sustainable initiatives along the way. Biology, ecology, service, language, culture, conservation, adventure… in real life, these are not separate from each other, but intertwined in intricate ways. In order to better understand our world and an individual’s place within it, we need to understand how these elements are connected in real-life context; one that we can relate to and that helps us to gain perspective. This doesn’t mean providing the most facts, but rather connecting what we learn in context.
This is eco-immersion, Chill Expeditions style.
How we do eco-immersion in the field…
White water rafting, for example, is much more than an adventure-filled challenge down a scenic river. We have stories to weave: Indigenous communities co-existing with the river, energy sources and their affects on ecosystems and lifestyles, sustainability challenges, your hometown, and the world as a whole, the politics behind damming rivers, individual choices and their impact, among others. Follow this day of intellectual and physical adrenaline by meeting your guide’s family in the nearby village and spending several days immersed in their world. From soccer games, to school improvement projects to family dinners and wildlife hikes, there is an entirely different, more fun and meaningful experience than is possible with other outfits or on your own. Chill Expeditions are unique in that each fascinating day is filled with connections that become more complex yet understandable, and ultimately more relevant as the days go on. Thus, the greatest possible educational value-add is achieved.
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