Support indigenous Achuar community develop through language learning in Ecuador




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  • Descripción


    IMPORTANT NOTE: Please read the community profile and volunteer description before replying! If you are interested in being a volunteer, please include in your message:
    1) A bit about yourself
    2) Your experience teaching or with children
    3) Any experience with indigenous communities or knowledge of the hardships they often face
    4) Dates available to volunteer

    Anank is a small indigenous Achuar community located in the Ecuadorian Amazon along the Pastaza river. Its residents engage in subsistence agriculture, fishing, and hunting. Anank participates in the government conservation incentive program ‘Sociobosque,’ and receives a yearly stipend in exchange for patrolling the forest for illegal logging and hunting and reporting illegal activities to the authorities.

    The primary language spoken in Anank is Achuar. Fluency in Spanish varies from person to person. Children attend a bilingual Achuar-Spanish “extension” school and follow the national curriculum as much as is feasible. Although the Ministry of Education requires students to study in English, there are no English-speaking teachers in the region, and English is usually not taught at all in school. As a result, no community member in Anank, nor in neighboring communities, speak English. Anank is among the first Achuar communities to start an English program.

    Leaders in Anank have prioritized English language education as community development priority for two reasons. First, knowledge of the English language greatly increases employability for Achuar youth and adults in a region that is economically underdeveloped and in a job market that is historically hostile to indigenous Ecuadorians. Many community members have expressed a desire to work in ecotourism, a sector in which they can support their families, live at home (as opposed to moving to the city), and engage in environmental stewardship. Second, Anank leaders believe that English education will help the next generation better engage with international actors as the forest becomes increasingly threatened by illegal logging and hunting, and even government-sanctioned exploitation, as they have seen happen to other indigenous communities in Pastaza. English education, for them, is a preemptive defense against future attempts to exploit the natural resources of their homeland.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Práctica de idiomas
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet

  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Volunteers will be fully immersed in Achuar language and culture for the duration of their visit. They will have the opportunity to learn Achuar, learn about and see key species of plants and animals, and learn about the community’s conservation efforts. Most importantly, the volunteer will gain perspective on the hardships faced by indigenous Amazonian communities in Ecuador.

    Volunteers will have mornings, evenings, and weekends free. He or she may take walks along the trails connecting communities, help out in the chakras (small farms), visit other communities, practice Achuar, learn how to make macawas (traditional pottery used to drink chicha) or relax along the shores of the Pastaza River.

  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

    En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.

  • Ayuda


    Anank is looking for an English teacher or teachers to instruct basic English courses for children and adults.

    The volunteer is not required to have teaching experience but is highly encouraged to study basic English grammar and methods and develop a curriculum outline before arrival. Volunteers will work with younger children who do not yet read or write, as well as with older children who do.

    Couples are welcome. All ages 18+ welcome. Volunteers whose native language is not English are welcome, as long as they are capable of teaching basic English. Volunteers should have a basic handle on Spanish to be able to communicate their own needs while in the community, as well as to use in the classroom.

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    Idiomas hablados
    Español: Fluido

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  • Alojamiento


    The volunteer will live in a private cabin and should bring a hammock, inflatable mattress, or padding to sleep on.

    Three meals a day will be provided at no cost by the community. Meals typically consist of yucca, potato, or plantain, and fish or meat if it is available. The diet tends to be repetitive, so volunteers who would like variety are encouraged to bring their own food and snacks if they desire. The volunteer may use the shower at the house of the volunteer coordinator or may bathe in the river. Volunteers should request that all water prepared for them be boiled.

    Electricity was recently installed in Anank.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    IMPORTANT: There is no fee to volunteer, but the community asks that you cover the travel costs of the volunteer coordinator to pick you up in Puyo (approximately $30 total for hotel, transportation, and meals). Given that the territory where Anank is located is newly accessible by the road and there is little to no tourism activity, outsiders may be viewed with suspicion or confusion. For this reason, it's necessary that you be picked up and accompanied into the region by a local. This means someone needs to come get you in Puyo, which can be cost prohibitive for the community. For this reason, they ask volunteers to reimburse the volunteer coordinator's travel costs.

    ***Please be very certain about your arrival date and time in Puyo, as the volunteer coordinator must come and meet you and will have to cover costs if you don't arrive on time.***

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    Un poco más de información

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      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

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    Horas esperadas

    10 hours/week

Son opciones de calificación adicionales para cuando los miembros dejan sus comentarios. Se muestra la calificación media dejada en cada opción.

Precisión del perfil: (4.7)

Intercambio cultural: (5.0)

Comunicación: (4.6)

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 167523258464