Ecology Summer School

This regional summer school, which is run in Spanish, is aimed at students who are passionate about ecology and are intending to specialise in the subject or a related field in their post-school further studies.

Taking place in Panama, the summer school sees scientific advisers and teachers assist students to develop their investigative skills through carrying out independent field projects. Sessions range from studying leaf-cutting ants, hummingbird behavior, agouti diets, and butterfly colour preferences. Students interact with researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in topics such as amphibian decline, bird mist-netting, plant physiology, and bat research at night.

Previous participants have come from ORT schools in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Spain.

Students acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to progress their passion and expertise to the next level.

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Watch the highlights from the Ecology Summer School 2024 in Panama

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  • A Hands-On Learning Experience in the Panama Rainforest

    The 2024 World ORT Ecology Summer School has taken place in Panama. This regional summer school, which runs in Spanish, brings together ORT students from our Latin American and Spanish schools who are passionate about ecology.


  • YouTube Playlist

    Watch the highlights and student and teacher testimonials here

  • Photo Gallery 2024



  • Ecology Summer School Returns to Panama Rainforests

    World ORT has resumed its face-to-face international events for High School students for the first time since 2020, starting with the Ecology Summer School in Panama.


  • Growing academically at the Ecology Summer School

    Two dozen ORT students returned to their home countries after an extraordinary experience at World ORT’s fifth annual Ecology Summer School in Panama.


  • ORT students reflect on Ecology

    Can you imagine spending 12 days experiencing the natural beauty of Central America, surrounded by captivating species of plants and animals?


  • Looking to the future: what impact could climate change have on our world?

    ORT students are considering what consequences climate change and the Green economy could have on their lives


  • Nature and science inspire students at Ecology Summer School

    From ants to sea urchins and coral reefs to cloud forest, the 28 teenagers on this year’s World ORT Ecology Summer School have trekked and splashed their way through an inspiring array of Panama’s stunning flora and fauna.


  • “This trip helped to improve my skills in the area of ​​field work, and my understanding of it. I gained a lot of confidence and it was an incredible experience in my life. I appreciate having been part of it.”

    Ignacio, participant from Argentina