Amalia Explores

The Traveling Environmental Educator

Posted by amalia on April 21, 2016

Sunset Over the Sahara

  Observations from the plane on my first trip to mainland Africa for this week’s Throwback Thursday (January, 2011)…   Vast plains of sand spread below the airplane window as the orange light of the setting sun illuminated sandy peaks and a winding river. The Sahara desert is the largest in the world, covering one

Posted by amalia on April 19, 2016

Make a Leaf Rubbing Poster

  After trekking for two days through a Thai bamboo jungle with a stomach bug, I arrived in a small Karen village. I was sick, muddy, sweaty, and exhausted. But the first thing that I did was find the children and took out the bubbles, crayons, and paper that had traveled all that way in

Posted by amalia on April 14, 2016

Deep in the Colombian Andes

A thick blanket of clouds settles above rolling valleys of green and high peaks of blue. There is a wildness among the calm, a mystery behind the seen, a danger lurking beneath the beauty. The Northern Andes mountains of Colombia are home to incredibly unique animals and vibrant cultures that have been threatened by civil

Posted by amalia on April 8, 2016

To Impact a Community

February 11, 2011   Mud walls, cracked and dry, are packed between vertically stacked sticks that reach about head high. I look over the wall to two similarly constructed classrooms. Children are crowded on benches, bare feet on dirt floors. Uniforms neatly tucked in, they sit obediently and wait. The head master enters, smartly dressed

Posted by amalia on April 5, 2016

The Orangutan and the Seed

Across Indonesia and Malaysia, I taught this lesson to hundreds of children during my year in Borneo. Now, you too can share the importance of orangutans as seed dispersers with the children in your life! For free PDF templates of the mask and seed diagram emailed to you, just subscribe to this blog.   Objective:


Welcome to Amalia Explores! I am an environmental educator that loves to travel, teach, take photographs, and share knowledge. Wherever I go, I teach Nature Explorers International programming to local children, and seek unique wildlife encounters. As a solo female budget traveler, an educator on the road, and a lover of random animal facts, I hope that I can help you explore your next travel destination! Learn more about me here.

Get $35 off your first stay with Airbnb!


Follow me on Bloglovin’


Subscribe to Weekly Updates

* indicates required

Find me on Facebook