Rebecca is a National Geographic Young Explorer who works in Peru and Canada on projects related to Indigenous health and anthropology.
Rebecca has over 4 years of research and project management experience in Indigenous health and climate change adaption in Peru and Canada. She has studied human-centered and empathetic design, and collaborated on work to improve Indigenous health advocacy in Canada.
Rebecca has received both a Young Explorer and Early Career grant from the National Geographic Society. Her previous work looked at how Indigenous Amazonian perceptions of health and well-being relate to spiritual beliefs, and what this means for the design of health interventions.
Rebecca's most recent project looks at the effects oil spills have had on Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon. The project combines journalism, anthropology and photography to share the human stories often forgotten during environmental disasters.
"Its spirit is strong": Shawi spirits, healers and diarrhea in the Peruvian Amazon. 2015.
Learn more about design and systems change work in Indigenous health and education with the University of Toronto Medical School.
While undertaking projects in Peru and Canada, Rebecca acts as an educator on international gap year semester and summer leadership programs for high school and college students.
Outward Bound Canada -Urban Instructor, Toronto, Ontario
Tim Horton Children's Foundation - Program Facilitator, Canadian Rockies, Tim Horton Children's Ranch
Carpe Diem Education - Peru and Ecuador, South America Semester, Fall 2016
Amigos de las Americas - Barranquilla, Colombia 'Global Health & Social Transformation', 2016; Cotopaxi, Ecuador 'Youth Entreprenureship', 2014
National Geographic Student Expeditions - Peru Community Service, 2015
National Geographic Grant for 2017-2018. More information coming!