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In response to the pandemic, the program was conducted remotely, embracing ingenuity and creativity to enhance learning opportunities.

Meet the Students

Student Conservation Projects

The 2021 Champions in Conservation interns who were selected to participate were assigned to a a coach/mentor from mano-Y-ola’s team and required to recruit and work with a farmer(s) to plan a conservation project and apply the Champions in Conservations Learning Network training at the end of the internship.

Agronomist with Tablet

Andres Gonzalez 

Conservation Practices: Soil Erosion and Surface Water Management 

Jorge Rivera

Finca Ilan Ilan, PR

Giomar Cortés 

Little Conservationists 

Hagit Lubin 

Tropical Fruit SP, Guayanilla, PR

Jonathan Irizarry

Education about the Implementation of Conservation Practices on the Municipal Motocross Track of Las Marías

Manuel Velázquez González

Plantación Velázquez-Irizarry, Inc., Las Marías, PR

Suleika Dominguez & Nicole Guzmán

Airbee & Bee

Sullyam Colón

Villalba, PR

Paola Rivera

Conservation Plan for Proper Pest Management

Osvaldo Morales

Buena Vita Farm, Cabo Rojo, PR

Roberto Robles

Conservation Practices in Coffee Crops

Elisa Alicea

Finca El Remanso, PR

Quermis Gónzalez & Kevin Adorno

Project Development

Joel Vega

Aguada, PR

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Read more from students who shared how the program helped launch their careers. 

Andres Gónzalez

is a full-time intern as a Natural Resources Specialist GS-07 in the International Institute of Tropical Forestry. 

Darilyn Ortiz

is an agriculture teacher at the post-secondary level in the Puerto Rico Department of Education. 

Levitating Books
Jonathan Irizarry

is a Conservation and Ag Entrepreneurship Specialist with Victus Puerto Rico.

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