As a part of the International Baccalaureate Program, I have taught photography in the Arts division. I plan nature and wildlife photography trips with my students to Punta Mita, Mexico photographing humpback whales and we travel to Central and South America once a year, looking for experiences, culture and fun.
Since 2014, I have been taking students from Bachillerato Alexander Bain to Punta Mita: a beautiful small fishing and tourist town situated besides the Bahia Banderas in the state of Nayarit, Mexico, one hour north from Puerto Vallarta. Along with a group of Biologists and staff, an average of 80 photography students are astonished by the beauty and strength of a jumping or mating Humpback whale while exploring their newly acquired photography skills.
Due to the success on the annual Whale trips, we broke the Mexican frontiers and decided to do the first international photography workshop en Central America in 2018, for students from Bachillerato Alexander Bain. As I had travelled before and explored the country, 12 students, two teachers and an excellent bird guide nicknamed Socio, we headed to five different locations throughout Costa Rica.
We did the Southamerican country of Perú in 2019. From hummingbirds and giant otters to landscape photography in Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Seven Coloured Mountain, we travelled for 10 days looking for all kind of new species, excellent food and lots of fun.
In 2021, we returned to South America to the belly button country of the world. As I had travelled to the north of Quito some time before, I wanted a new challenge and combine the northern cloud forest of the Mindo area to the jungles of the Ecuadorian Amazon.