Work as a volunteer at an artisan shop in Ecuador. A catalyst for change in the community the “taller” was the first group to consciously create an environmentally sustainable source of income in the community, more than 10 years ago. Mariana and Renee now sell modern and traditional jewellery and crafts made from seeds and other materials that they sustainably grow and harvest in the cloud forest.
As volunteer in Ecuador you will work in their shop and learn to make crafts and jewellery. You will be introduced to the history of reforestation efforts in the community, and the indigenous story of the Yumbo people.
If you are an artsy, want to help a low-income community and be close to their culture, this is a perfect match for you to do all of this and be immersed in a new culture and language!
Find the complete information about volunteer work in Ecuador here, and proceed with your application.
Work as a volunteer on jungle community Immersion in Iquitos Peru teaching to the people of Kukama Kukamiria tribe basic English and computer skills.
This project offers you the incredible opportunity to live and work within an Amazonian ethnic community. As a volunteer, you can teach Basic English, or work in the craft workshop. According to the season, you can also plant yucca trees and pick fruits or help your host family in their daily jobs.
You will be accommodated in a basic home stay in the Kukama Reserve where the members are descendants of the Kukama Kukamiria ethnic group. Their day starts early feeding their animals, going to the farm to pick up firewood to cook, and carrying water. During the day people spend their time preparing the natural fibers to make handbags, bracelets, dream catchers, traditional masks etc. Your host family will greatly appreciate, when you start helping them with their daily activities. You can even learn the craftmaship from them!
Since life in this rural town is basic, you will not find the amenities you are used to. As the experience here is flexible and personal, you have the freedom to take part in different activities during your placement, exploring sides of life in the jungle. This is perfect for those wanting to immerse deep with nature and find joy in the simple life. Your host family will teach you about wild plants used for medicine, food, and tools and will show you beautiful and relaxing views.
This project has so much potential for a traveller, you’ll have opportunity to go bird watching, swim in small Amazonian lakes, visit nearby ethnic groups, navigate the jungle in canoes, learn to speak the dialect, and most importantly connect with nature.
Please note that as the community is located 15 minutes by boat from Iquitos city it is important that you know to swim.
Find everything about volunteering in Peru here in full detail: costs, requirements and how to proceed with your application as a volunteer.