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Amazonia Expeditions offers opportunities for community service as part of our charitable outreach program as well as assistance in scientific field research. Our service programs are designed to inspire participants by contributing their time, knowledge, skills and labor to help make the world a better place. Our volunteers have come away with personal growth and the reward of contributing meaningful work in this remote wilderness and foreign culture – enriching their lives for the better.
Our diverse selection of service projects includes everything from low-skill labor to high skill medical or dental care. Community service projects can range for a day or two, to a week, to several weeks in length. Community service can be just a part of a regular tourist program or one’s entire trip can be devoted to a service project. To qualify as a full internship a minimum of a few weeks to several months may be required. Following are some examples of service projects that one may select:
Biological field work
Be a part of our on-going scientific research programs in the Amazon. We have both in-house research programs led by staff biologist Andy Bicerra as well as periodic research led by visiting scientists and professors. See more about our Research Center experience here.
Community Low-Skill Construction
There are several short-term community construction projects that are perfect for school groups looking to add community service as part of their tourism program. Wood and other material is bought and prepared in Iquitos city and volunteers sand the pieces assemble them and paint them. Construction projects can include trash and recycling bins, school desks and chairs, library shelves, etc.
English is an international language of commerce and business and even children in remote native communities have a keen desire to learn some English. In the cities of Peru, it is required for all students to take English, but this requirement is lacking in the simpler education offered to rural communities. We need volunteers with a knowledge of Spanish and an interest and ability to teach English to offer workshops lasting a week or more. Workshops can be offered in the afternoon, complimenting a regular tourism program in morning and evenings.
Health Care Services
Internships at the rural clinic are available for volunteers wishing to stay a minimum of two weeks. Short term medical workshops or clinics, including dental extraction clinics are also available for volunteers with proper health related training and degrees.
More about our community programs can be seen on our foundation’s website www.angelsoftheamazon.org
Please send us a message at [email protected] for more details or to answer any questions.