Volunteer in the Amazon

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The Chinimp Tuna Project: 

Help an Indigenous family address Cultural, Social and Economical Stresses

 

The work in the community of Chico Copataza (Puyo-Pastaza) focuses on helping a native Kichwa and Shuar family who wishes to maintain its culture and traditions. Chinimp Tuna will give the volunteer the opportunity to observe and learn to recognize a large variety of medicinal plants, jungle animals and several bird species, including swallows, parrots, raptors etc. You will also have an extraordinary opportunity to learn of the Shuar and Kichwa culture and history while enjoying the amazing landscape and waterfalls of the Amazon Rainforest!!

Chinimp Tuna Waterfall

Sloth on Night walk

Pastaza river

Program Description

You will live and work along side the Chumapi – Shiguango family which includes the father, a native Shuar, his wife who is a native Kichwa and their 9 children. Projects are initiated by the family members and by the volunteers. The work tasks depend partly on what needs to be done; on Saturdays, for example, papayas and bananas are collected to be sold in the market on Sunday. There are a variety of projects currently developing that volunteers can participate in.

WORKING WITH WOMEN

 

The women of the community make ceramic handicrafts, very typical of the native culture. The volunteers can also educate the women about nutritional and health issues as well as help them sow and produce more vegetables.

SCHOOL

 

During the school year, volunteers can teach the children in subjects such as mathematics, science and English. Another way to participate is to teach new things like games and other extracurricular activities, and encourage the love of learning in general.

GENERAL WORK

 

Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn a lot about the Shuar and Kichwa cultures, including the languages, typical food dishes, harpoon fishing, legends, medicinal plants, and many other things.

Each volunteer will be able to go to the jungle to observe plants, fruits, animals, rivers and the waterfall of Chinimp Tuna (in Shuar: “Swallows of the Waterfall”) from which the project has taken its name.

OTHER

 

If the volunteer has knowledge or experience in other areas apart from those mentioned above, it is possible to plan and realize a new educational community project in the chosen field.

Volunteers may also have the opportunity to participate in community work and fiestas with the Kichwa and Shuar people of Chico Copataza!!

volunteer

Cost: $370/month or $9 a day

Includes: Accommodation, food costs during his/her volunteer work time.

Excludes: Travel insurance - Transportation - Personal expenses

Language: Although it is better to have background in Spanish it is not a requirement. However, being able to speak Spanish will insure a greater ability to make a significant contribution; the inhabitants of the community speak only Spanish and their native Kichwa and Shuar.

You do not need a university education related to conservation activities, just to have great interest in the conservation of nature and activities related to human development.

If you have any questions, require further information or to reserve a space please email or telephone (English spoken). To read more information about booking, click here