Michael Quimby ’97, a UW-Eau Claire broadfield social studies graduate, returned to the Peruvian Amazon and Napo rivers for the fifth time in April 2013.
Participating as a volunteer in the CONAPAC (Civil Association for Conservation of the Peruvian Amazon Environment) Adopt-A-School program, Quimby helped deliver school supplies to more than 50 jungle communities. This year his adopted village, 28 de Octubre, started a kindergarten and became a pilot recipient of household water purification systems. Last year Quimby received two paintings from a former student who now attends college in the jungle city of Iquitos.
As a software trainer for AMTELCO in McFarland, Quimby said he continues to use the teaching skills he received at UW-Eau Claire while educating adult learners in hospitals and answering service companies across North America.
“Looking back at the liberal arts education I received at UW-Eau Claire, I most appreciate the professors who encouraged me to write and who further enhanced my interest in world history and cultures,” Quimby said.
An avid traveler, Quimby has visited all 50 U.S. states and 22 countries on six continents.
More about CONAPAC can be found at conapac.org.