Rebecca is a National Geographic Young Explorer who works in Peru and Canada on projects related to Indigenous health and anthropology.
From 2013-2016 Rebecca was a researcher with the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC) Project in Peru and Canada. Afterwards, as a fellow with the MaRS Studio Y Leadership Fellowship she worked on applying human-centered and empathetic design practices to Indigenous health advocacy in Canada.
In 2014, Rebecca was awarded a Young Explorer Grant from the National Geographic Society, and funding from the Explorers Club, to support her independent research in the Peruvian Amazon. Her work looks 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 'Environmental Disasters; Human Consequences' looks at the cultural and health effects 2016 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!