Climate Experience Partners
FOCUS has established a network of climate experts, renewable energy companies, NGOs working on solutions and global companies de-carbonizing their supply chain. Sign up to receive alerts as we continue bringing more partners on board.
Pattern Energy is an independent power company committed to transitioning the world to renewable energy. They have operations in Canada, Chile, Japan, and the United States. They are known for attracted some of the best talent in the industry and consistently rank as one of the best renewable energy companies to work. For our Chile cohorts, Pattern will host participants at its solar facilities in the Atacama Desert, as well as their wind operations near the coastal town of Ovalle. Pattern will also be providing needs-based scholarships for students interested in taking their FOCUS Climate Gap Year in Chile.
The co-founders of Chulengo Expeditions, Nadine Lehner and Ben Wilcox, spent the last 15 years helping Tompkins Conservation develop the growing, world-class national park system in Chile and Argentina. Chulengo will be our partner in South America for FOCUS cohorts to experience the delicate connection between conservation and climate. Cohorts will be able to backpack in the brand new Patagonia National Park as part of their experience and learn about the complexity of public-private partnerships, community engagement, our human connection with nature, and deep personal and group awareness.
WWF has been at the forefront of conservation and climate issues for the last four decades in India. Their approach to conservation spans a wide array of work on wildlife species and landscapes, including rivers and oceans, forests, food, and of course, climate change and energy issues. Their climate work is driven by a vision to help India accelerate a transition to clean energy system that is just and affordable country-wide. The WWF-India team has partnered with FOCUS to provide a series of presentations, access to experts and site visits to some of the most interesting climate work they are doing in Northern India.
Gap Year Partners
Gap Year Association
FOCUS partners exclusively with gap year organizations that have been accredited by the Gap Year Association. This ensures that all our programs meet the highest standards for quality, safety, and operations in gap year education. You can learn more about GYA here and the important work they are doing to advance the gap year movement globally.
adventures cross country (ARCC)
FOCUS has selected GYA-accredited Adventures Cross Country (ARCC) as our official 2019 program partner for Chile and Argentina. ARCC has been designing and operating community-driven and community-led sustainable projects on gap year programs for over 30 years. We are excited to partner with ARCC.
WHERE THERE BE DRAGONS
FOCUS has selected Where There Be Dragons as its program partner for our programs in China. Dragons is also a GYA-accredited organization with programs in more than 19 countries. With experience in multiple regions throughout China, we are thrilled to partner with the Dragons in this important part of the world.