The volunteer program
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The volunteer program is for people who want to actively engage in community and grass root development and conservation, get hands on experience with the Amazon and learn about the Shuar culture. The program will not only let you travel to a new country, visit wonderful places and live with people from different cultures. You will also develop new skills, gain field experience and participate in activities aimed to preserve the forests and improve the quality of life of the Shuar families. All volunteers will be living in the Shuar community Arutam and the Arutam Rainforest Reserve.
For us, volunteering is not just about the work. It is also a cultural exchange and opportunity to learn about the Shuar culture and volunteers will be living and sharing meals with Shuar families and are invited to participate in all community activities. You will also be given the opportunity to visit other Shuar and Quichua communities in the surrounding forest as well as exploring the amazing 2100 acre reserve situated right next to the community.
Volunteers have the possibility to choose from a wide range of activities that include teaching in local schools, traditional farming, construction, trail creation, reforestation, building tourist infrastructure, nursery work, medicinal garden and other community activities. There are also possibilities to carry out your own project according to your skills and the need of the community.
“It is such an amazing experience to be able to actually live in the jungle the way they do. Learning what it’s actually like to live in a place this, not just visit as a tourist. The variety and amount of birds that there are is amazing. If you are at all interested in birds, you can find and spot and sit for a bit and it is guaranteed that you will see many different types of birds. I’m currently doing a study on hummingbirds and there is enough free time for me to work on that each day, but not so much free time that I get bored" (Chris Proctor, Volunteer).