Alpacas and Glaciers

blurbimageABOUT THE TRIP

NYA’s Ian Ramsey (Director of the Kauffmann Program, Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, music teacher) is spending the spring semester in Ecuador and Peru, high in the Andes, where he is working on a book manuscript, improving his mediocre Spanish, helping scientists study climate change in high-altitude environments, and going for long-distance mountain runs in wild places. He is also creating an interdisciplinary program in Peru for NYA students that will include adventure trekking, culture and field science.

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NYA's Ian Ramsey, Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay, AlaskaIan Ramsey is the founder and director of the Kauffmann Program for Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration, as well as the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at NYA. A native of Maine and long-time faculty member at NYA, he holds an MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop and has published poems and essays in a variety of national publications. A licensed Maine Guide and aspirant BCU Five Star Sea Kayak Leader, he has led backcountry trips in Alaska, New England, and throughout the American West. He has also taken students to Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, China, Costa Rica, and Ireland. Ian is also the founder of two of NYA’s Diplomas with Distinction programs (Distinction in Music: Performance, Entrepreneurship, and Community and Distinction in Outdoor Leadership), and the founder of the Maine Acoustic Festival. In 2014, Ian was awarded North Yarmouth Academy’s Howard Small Chair for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2016 he was announced as a national quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year.