Volunteering in the Amazon?

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If you want to do voluntary work in the Amazon, working with indigenous peoples, whether you’re interested in biodiversity, medicinal plants, shamanism,  music, planting trees or (authoring) teaching (material), – as long as you’re committed to social change on a grassroots level for at least a period of three months Colonos through its many connections in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon region can help you create an independent volunteer programme. No fees, no institution, no nonsense….


11 thoughts on “Volunteering in the Amazon?

    Ashley said:
    Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 01:53 (120)

    i’m curious to hear more…i would love to learn about potential volunteer opportunities that might leave room for the exploration and study of ayahuasca as well. i hope to hear from you! thanks.

    colono responded:
    Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 08:55 (413)

    Very nice to hear from you – have sent you an email 🙂

    O said:
    Friday, August 15, 2008 at 14:43 (654)


    I am interested in the same information as ashley.

    Shahab said:
    Friday, March 20, 2009 at 05:13 (259)


    Can you please provide me with information on this too?

    Carolina said:
    Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 20:14 (885)

    me gustaria obtener información acerca del voluntariado en el amazonas, además quisiera saber cuanto es el máximo tiempo que se puede esatr allí, y que costos tiene. Gracias

    TbYK said:
    Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 05:32 (272)

    Hello, I hope you are still active. I have spent countless hours (days, weeks, months!) researching volunteer opportunities and I know what to avoid (really slick websites, outrageous volunteer fees, “adventure programs”, etc…) but couldn’t find what I was looking for until now I think. I have randomly stumbled upon and briefly peeked at your blog and I would really like to hear more from you.

    Please drop me a line if you can..

    from Canada

      colono responded:
      Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 01:43 (113)

      Hi, We are still active – at a distance. Have sent email 🙂

    Fernando Albuquerque said:
    Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 18:04 (794)

    Gostaria de saber mais sobre este programa

    Ed Babb said:
    Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 10:10 (465)

    Hi there,

    I’ve also been looking for information regarding social volunteerism and working with indigenous cultures and medicines and have yet to find anything substantial. I know this post was made in 2006, so I am hoping that in some way you are still active in this regard.

    I have been extremely fortunate in that I have experienced the shipibo dieta format which was a profound, life-changing experience. I’d like to repay Peru, in some way, with my time and talents, and share them with young (or old) minds, as well as learn more about Peru and it’s medicinal plants, cultures, society and languages.

    I sincerely hope to hear from you


      colono responded:
      Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11:02 (502)

      Over the years we have spend a lot of time and energy helping people finding their ways in Ecuador and Peru, but too many people just ask for a lot of information, we spend a lot of time suggesting projects, providing contacts and so on, just to find that in the end people go and do their own thing anyway.

      Personally, we think that you should go and find their own way – which is precisely what a contract and payment from home before you even leave makes impossible, but which is also what makes a lot of our efforts in vain and slightly frustrating – and therefore this is the message we have to everyone wanting to volunteer:

      Do your research, be critical, be open and open-minded, go there, make friends, allies and connections and then do some good work.

      Don’t bother going for less than 6 months, for social reasons and for environmental reasons.

      Show a good example! Try to understand the very different culture and ways of life, don’t judge and don’t assume you know.

      If you are not in favour of global capital and the commodity market place, be very critical and do your reading and talking to learned people beforehand, whether they are activists, social workers, development workers or academics. Read for example a book like Massimo de Angelis’s The Beginning of History: Value Struggles and Global Capital, or Peter Linebaugh’s “The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All” and for women’s struggles particularly see the work of Silvia Federici, especially her “Caliban and the witch: women, the body and primitive accumulation“. Finally, maybe have a look at Jay Griffiths’s “Wild: An Elemental Journey“.

      Most importantly of all: think and inform yourself very critically before you act – anything you do will have an impact, potentially an enormous one and easily a negative one, even though carried out with the best of intentions, if you do not know about local culture, politics and 500 years of colonisation by your fellow white people!

    Byron R. Howell said:
    Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 15:39 (693)


    I would like to volunteer at an ayahuasca healing retreat centre. Any group that you could refer me to that are seeking help in this regards would be greatly appreciated. I am dedicated to the sacred medicines. I am a musician studying icaros and a spine therapist. Id like to offer my volunteer services to any group working with the sacred medicines. Can you help me connect with various groups?

    Kind Regards

    Byron R. Howell

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