Help with the reconstruction of the ceremonial house in the Peruvian jungle, Pucallpa




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    After traveling for 4 years, and more than 1,5 years in Central and South America, using this platform plenty of times, I have found my home in the Peruvian jungle and want to help this family of Shipibo people to rebuild the ceremony house.

    You will be staying with a family of shamans in the Maloka, that because of a flood needs some fixxing, cleaning and needs to be painted, also some bridges that connect the house to the huts need to be made.
    We are looking for good hearted, spiritual people that have interest in the plant medecines from the Amazon,

    If you have skills in construction or you think you are able to help with the construction we could use you.
    We could also use people that are native English speakers and know Spanish to teach English to the local kids from the village.

    As there is no internet in the village you have to call me before, we will have a little chat, if we would work together then i will explain you how you can get to the village.
    With skype its easy to make cheap phone calls to any number in the world as I am using my Peruvian number.

    Sometimes it takes a couple tries to actually make the phone call go through, so don't give up :) i am in the jungle you see, reception is not that good. If I don't answer your call, try couple hours later, i cannot call you back from the village..

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The Maestro (shaman) is 94 years old, his daughter also is a Maestra and his son also is a Maestro, and several young guys from the village are in training with him.
    He is very open to share his knowledge with anybody that has interest, and as he is that old he has a lot of knowledge.
    The local woman make a lot of artesanias and you can see the process how they weave and sew these fabrics into these amazing patterns, different products are made, clothes, small table cloths, huge wall carpets.
    Other art forms that are made by the men are from wood, these are for example wood pipes and music instruments.
    All the local people speak Shipibo and Spanish, so this is a great way to improve your Spanisch or even learn the complicated indiginous Shipibo language.

  • Help


    We are restoring the ceremony house, all the doors need to be replaced cause the flood from this year destroyed them, also all the mosquito nets need to be replaced, the floors need to be sanded and then varnisched, the outside of the house needs a paintjob, bridges between the house and the huts need to be constructed.

    Now its the dry season so its easy to do this kind of work (water from the river rises from Februari untill end of April)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Dutch, English, Spanish, Shipibo

  • Accommodation


    Of course they have a private space, there are 3 bedrooms in the maloka house and outside of the house there are 2 private cabins.

    So what we offer you is a bed in the maloka house, for now this place is not in the best shape, but everything is available, running water, shower, you can use the kitchen in the house from the family to cook (with wood fire) food is very cheap here in the local shops.
    If you decide to come here it would be nice if you have more time than a couple days, also it take a bit of time to get to the village, we are 5 hours away from Pucallpa with the fast boat.
    We are along the Ucayali river with the jungle just behind the village so be aware of the circumstances to live here, hot days, some insects mainly at sunset, not that bad actually, sometimes intense rain showers, bring a head light, mosquito net if you are afraid of the insects, and lots of love and positivity to share with the community.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Things you can do here is explore the jungle, go fishing with us when we go, see how the local people make their artesanias, play with the kids and have chats with the lovely people from the village, around 2000 people live here, most of them speak Spanish so you can practice that, they all speak Shipibo language of course cause this is the community you will be living in.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week (15 hours total) food not provided

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