About Rebecca Schroeder

Rebecca Schroeder

Rebecca Schroeder graduated with a dual-M.A. in International Affairs and Natural Resources & Sustainable Development from American University and the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Her travels and studies have taken her throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean, but right now she lives in the coastal province of Manabi, Ecuador, where she works as a freelance writer and EFL teacher. Some of Rebecca's favorite travel activities include visiting ecovillages, searching for local vegetarian cuisine, and trying not to buy all the alpaca products at Andean indigenous markets.

5 Neat Facts about the Spanish Language

Thinking about learning Spanish? Find out some fascinating aspects of the language and get inspired to learn!

The Penguins of South America

Three of South America's seven penguin species are listed as vulnerable or endangered - find out why.

World Record for Tree Planting

Ecuador has broken a world record for reforestation, showcasing the importance of volunteering.

Inside the Páramo

Get a glimpse of the páramo, an important and unsung alpine ecosystem in the South American Andes.

Volunteering in Tropical Climates

Never lived in a tropical climate before? Here are some tips to get you started.

Latin America Reading List: Poetry

Reading some Latin American poetry is a great way to get acquainted with the politics and spirit of the region.

Latin America Reading List: Fiction

When travelling in Latin America, reading some of the region's most famous authors could be a ticket to good conversation and new friends.

Latin America Reading List: History

Several personal and scholarly histories which make valuable pre-trip reading. Some up front reading and research can make your time abroad a significantly deeper experience.

Five Foods to try in Ecuador

Five of the best, most unique dishes to try while visiting Ecuador.

A Renewable Energy Future

Small Countries, Giant Goals: Central American bastions of ecotourism well on their way to achieving ambitious renewable energy goals.