Megan Thomas is from the small town of Fremont, Michigan. From a young age, her parents instilled in her a love for nature though canoe trips, camp outs, and family trips to nature destinations, like Yellowstone National Park. At the age of 17 she traveled to Peru for the first time, where she fell in love with the Amazon rainforest and its people. For Megan, this was truly a life changing experience. She returned to Peru the following year, and at every possible opportunity, such as traveling with her mom’s student groups, first with the Children’s Environmental Trust and later with Global Explorers.
Megan went on to earn her bachelor’s of science in Natural Resources and Environment in Latin America from the University of Michigan. During college she spent a semester in Ecuador studying ecology and Spanish, where she had the opportunity to travel the country, from the Amazon and the Andes, and to the Galapagos Islands. After college, Megan joined the Peace Corps, serving 2 ½ years as a Protected Areas Management volunteer in Honduras. While in Honduras, her main projects were building latrines in coffee farms in the Sierra de Agalta Mountains and building ecological stoves throughout her community.
After the Peace Corps, Megan worked as a substitute teacher while exploring career options, which led her back to Global Explorers. After spending two months in Peru working with Global Explorers, she decided to return to Peru to work as a volunteer. Megan began to volunteer with Conapac, a nonprofit organization based out of Iquitos, Peru, that focuses on environmental education and clean drinking water in Amazonian communities. She now works full time for Conapac as the director of the Conapac Amazon Library, living in the middle of the rainforest at Explorama Lodge during the week, and in the city of Iquitos on the weekends. Megan is thrilled to be able to work with Global Explorers and share her love of the Amazon with students and educators.