Some changes in our personal circumstances caused the nature of this volunteer job to be a bit different from the description below. Please note before applying that currently we are staying in Europe, and will be back in our beloved jungle home in December. We are looking for volunteers for house- and most importantly pet-sitting from September to December this year.
In case you are someone who would like to have a quite and peaceful place in the Peruvian jungle for dietas or studying plant medicines or just for getting away from everything to switch off and be in nature for a while, we believe this could be a perfect choice.
Groups and couples are just as welcome as individuals, but even if you come alone, you will not be alone. Alma, the sweetest little dog and Gaia, the funniest cat (with a bit of a crazy side) are in need of someone who can take care of them while we are away, which means mostly feeding. They grew up in the jungle, they surely know their way around :).
We also have a local family who often come help us with around-the-house things, and also go help out our volunteers/house sitters when we are away. We are constantly in contact with them, but you will also have their contact and they are just 30 minutes away if any help needed. !!
Please be mindful and respect our necessities and only contact us after you read our profile and you feel that you can commit 100 %!!! Thank You!
(By the way...We are a medicine friendly family so if you need a break from volunteering please contact us about your other options to visit/stay with us.) ***UNDER CONSTRUCTION***
We lost some space during the pandemic, momentarily only volunteers.
We appreciate our calm and quiet way of life and it is important for us to find people who have the same gratitude for a simple, autonomos and tranquil way of living. We invite conscious people, whom appreciate silence, also has the ability to not just dream and talk, but to actually do what we need to do. You need to be physically and mentally stable and strong to bare the challenges that the jungle life may bring up (a huge Teacher, a Master, you will see) ;).
Its important for us that you enjoy and benefit from your time here with mutual respect to the people who live their life here. So PLEASE only contact us if you share these principles.
***PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE PROFILE VERY CAREFULLY AND REPLY WITH ALL THE REQUESTED DETAILS. ***
Tell us about yourself, what skills you can bring to our HOME and which time frame you'd like to join us.
Please do not send us a message asking questions that are answered in this profile. We will not accept bulk-mail applications either. Thanks for understanding!
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR AND WHAT NOT
We are not a place to volunteer and hang out, but to actively co-create! We are not looking for slow hammock sloths...
We are a family, and this is our Home and we are dedicated our life to maintain this simple lifestyle and we looking for help to do that. We need you to support us and we would like you to enjoy this process.
If you do not feel you are up for that, please do not apply.
We cannot support volunteers that make us work more than what we already have. But if you are the right person, you will experience something magical here! ;)
Due to the reasons listed above the minimum stay in our place is 4 weeks.
Please do not contact us if you have no time for stay at least that long!
PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER THAT WE ARE LIVING IN A REMOTED AREA SO IF YOU DON NOT SHOW UP IT WILL AFFECT IS BIG TIME. IF YOU SAY YOU COME, WE RELY ON YOUR ARRIVAL.
IF YOU'RE HERE AND IT TURNS OUT THAT YOU ARE NOT A MATCH YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.
*** (So please be honest to yourself and to us when applying)***
We are shopping once a week in a local market, so there are limited choices. Unfortunately we can not support volunteer’s dietary restrictions (vegan, gluten free, allergies etc).
Our meals are based on vegetables, fruits, eggs and grains, dried legumes. If you need extra snacks to support your unique diet please bring with you what you need.
We are hoping for volunteers who can cook a creative meal from the limited options of the ingredients we are able to bring out here. You are welcome if you can't cook, but you will be asked to participate in the meal preparation time to time, as cooking is a part of creation and community life here.
We are having our breakfast at 8:00, then we are working 3 hours from 9.00-12.00, five days a week.
As part of our community you also need to help with the tasks around the house, such as washing dishes, washing your clothes, cooking food, shopping, cleaning the floor, emptying the toilet etc.
Besides this, everybody takes care of his own tambo and the space around it.
To promote communal living, internet access and THE USE OF ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES is strictly limited to an hour a day. No exceptions. We really want you to unplug!
We are living 3-4h from the closest city (Iquitos) so be aware to reach our place in daylight and also to have your lamp, proper shoes, blanket or sleeping bag, repellent on you and everything what you will need to function in the Jungle.
We apologize for the very specific details on what we are looking for and what not, but based on our previous experience we need to be 100% sure our volunteers can fit in and support this energy what we created in our life.
We need you to be AUTONOMOS, ENTHUSIASTIC and SELF-MOTIVATED, working here is not a chore. Work is a creation and a form of meditation. We would like to invite people who see it as a way to support our way of living in the Jungle.
When the work is done there is time to relax, share knowledge and experience medicine work, express ourself true different art projects (music, painting, carving wood etc.), we have a little experimental green house to plant new veggies and herbs in the jungle and time to time we just sit silently around the fire.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We believe that the jungle itself is medicine and a teacher. There are lessons everyday about communication, humbleness, compassion and living together. It is a gift to live here and experience the deepness of the jungle, being as close to it, as possible. We would like to share this space that we created, so others can have an opportunity to experience this medicine themselves.
Daily task of a volunteers includes:
*Psychical help, mostly outside!!!That includes bugs, sweat, dirt!!!:)
Such as raking leaves, digging holes, building wooden constructions, carrying supplies in and out from our place, emptying the toilets.
*Taking loving care of our dog (Alma, pure love and fun, pretending to be a dog), our cat Gaia ( Tiny cat that sees herself as the jaguar of the place) and our chickens (crazy predators, really!) and veggie garden.
*Cleaning the main house and taking good care of your separated little house.
*If you have some psychical issues please resolve them before coming.We rely on your physical health, so please be honest about it. If you feel, that you not in a good shape to work, you are welcome to come here to HEAL , please contacts us for details.
***IMPORTANT: We looking for people who REMEMBER their tasks without having to be reminded, who see what needs to be done without us having to tell them several times, or CHECK UP on them, and who do the work the way it was explained. Who remember to bring the tools back in and switch of the lights or feed our pets etc..
(Autonomic mentallity, very important!!!)
*Projects you can do on your free time if you feel motivated:
- paint art on houses, communal areas
- play with clay
- experiment with the plants in the green house
- develop the area you are good at and you enjoy to do so (we would love to learn from you)
We have one big house (6x8m), our living house with kitchen and home of the dog. Furthermore we have 3 smaller jungle huts for 1 or 2 persons. One of those huts will be for you. All the houses are protected with mosquito net against the small visitors and for a beautiful outside feeling to watch the stars at night.
In the rain season we are showering in a beautiful, little river nearby, but we also have a backup jungle shower.
We have a outside kitchen for cooking on fire and there is a little green house for some planting and a swing for some fun in the nature.
You are free to be amaized by the Jungle any time. :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Depending on the situation, personally question this within your application.
More than two
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week (no food)