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Join our family and experience life in the Amazon, Iquitos, Peru

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    *UPDATE*
    We are FULL for volunteers UNTIL AUGUST. ✨

    We are also seeking a team of house sitters for 4 months from August to December to help take care of our dogs and the maintainence of the space. Strong willed, minded and courageous applicants only! 😊

    Greetings,

    We are a young family of 5 (three humans 2 dogs). We live off grid in the middle of the northern Peruvian Amazon on the lower Amazon basin in a small village called Santa Maria Del Ojeal. We are an hours boat ride from the city of Iquitos down the Amazon river then a half hour walk from the village to our land. We live a simple and healthy life surrounded by thriving precious mother nature, listening and learning from her everyday. We are in the process of setting up a place of learning, of healing, growing and of true connection. We have been living on this land for one year now and have built a few houses with the intention of expanding to have the possibility to host travellers, families, volunteers and groups of people who want to experience this alternative way of life and reconnect with themselves and nature. Facilitating healing and change, while equipping individuals with the correct tools they need to positively influence their lives and those of their local communities. Creating the small yet gigantic ripples the global collective needs in order to live in a more harmonious way on this planet . Whether that be through planting trees, working the land, planting and harvesting food and medicine, preparing medicine, experiencing ancestral medicine ceremonies, exploring the jungle and it's mysteries, diving into different holistic and spiritual practices of yoga, meditation and breath work or just breathing the pure clean air of the forest and immersing yourself in the symphony of sounds present at every moment. We like to live in community and share and exchange our knowledge and skills with each other co creating a healthy environment where we can all learn and grow together with our surrounding Pachamama.

    We have a close connection with our local village and like to support and exchange wherever possible offering classes and fun activities for the kids (and adults) and sharing and exchanging medicinal and nutritional knowledge on a regular basis.

    The jungle is magical, powerful, beautiful, inspiring, calming but it's not easy. The conditions are extreme. We are in one of the most humid and wet places on earth. The daytime temperature throughout the year rarely drops below 25c (77f) and reaches up to 40c (104f) in the dry season (nighttime can actually be pretty chilly sometimes especially when it rains). For those who can't stand heat, insects and mosquitos this may not be the place for you (unless your coming to overcome this fear!). Working the land in these conditions can be tough but we work around it by starting early and resting under the thatched leaf roofs staying out of the sun. We wear appropriate long sleeve and resistant clothes for the mosquitos and learn which times they are most active to avoid them. We work with nature not against her. This opportunity is not for the faint hearted and requires a certain level of courage and determination to really get involved and enjoy yourself. It takes a little time to get used to everything but so far everyone does. One must be open and patient to change and to tune into the natural rhythm of life where we don't live by the clock nor by deadlines. We live a free life and once you tune into this timeless and peaceful rhythm you will truly feel the beautiful connection of nature. This opportunity will most definitely push you out of your comfort zone and will perhaps test you in ways you have not been tested. This enriching experience will show you sides of yourself you may not have known before skills which have been dormant might be awoken. If your up for the challenge send us a message!

    We intend on having volunteers year round and paid guests coming to stay short and medium term with some group retreats throughout the year. Our project focuses on educating, awakening, holistic healing, conserving and preserving and many other things!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live in a humble and traditional Amazon village with a mix of people from all over Peru and jungle, some indigenous, mestizo (mixed) and some mountain. Its an interesting mix of knowledge and traditions and there is so much to learn about jungle living, farming and survival. There are many friendly people in the village who are happy to share and exchange stories and knowledge. The local language is Spanish we speak both english and spanish at home. So there is a language learning opportunity as well as a beautiful cultural exchange. We are interested in all yogic practices, jungle medicines, permaculture, herbalism, arts and crafts, music and a holistic way of living we love these things so much we are happy to share them all with you.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    We need constant help on the farm and garden, with construction and maintenance happening alot right now. There is a large array of different and varied tasks to be getting on with and no day is ever the same, you will never be bored! We work around the moon cycles for planting and harvesting and don't really work in the harsh conditions (heavy rain, or too hot). There will always be opportunities for creative work and we are open to peoples ideas for projects! We are humble and open minded, and very new to this off grid living so we are very appreciative of ideas and help. We have dogs who need looking after and a new born baby so helping around the house is also a great help! Gardening, building and art skills are very welcome. As well as teaching skills to host classes in the local village. All of the tasks are going to be a little more extreme than you're probably used to but overcoming difficult conditions and terrain makes us oh so stronger and is very satisfying! Volunteers who are independent, patient and have good initiative and who are good at receiving guidance and than just getting on with things are the kind of volunteers we are looking for!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a couple of different spaces for just volunteers to sleep, some private and some shared. We are also in the process of building a larger yoga hall where there will be space to sleep also. We have recently begun our farm so our trees are still young but we do have some veggies growing which we incorporate into our meals. We do weekly trips to the city to grab supplies we need and we will all be sharing food costs between the group we are at the time

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your spare time you can walk and explore, relax, read, write, play music, go fishing, canoeing (depending on season). We offer different plant medicines ceremonies and plant dietas and different workshops and classes on a range of different areas for you to enjoy and explore. The village is 30 mins walk and there are sports games (volley and soccer) most days, there are some stores also. The city is an hour and a half by boat and theres some sights to see there and nice restaurants and shops (although we much prefer being in the jungle than the city).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have dogs, we like dogs.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week - very flexible will vary

Host ref number: 127131711127

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