Kids Explorer (Scouts)

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Coordinator | Christian
Coordinator | Christian
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High­lights

Use your knowledge about enviromental isues to make a difference in a local community!
Learn and explore the Amazonian wild life while supporting our scout program!
Protect the rainforest while reforesting!
Unforgetable excursions such as visiting boiling river, indegenous communties, swiming in stream with cristal clear waters, visiting caves with ancient paintings and more!
intensify your Spanish knowledge during our Spanish classes and conversation with the locals!
Our vision is to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children by creating a safe environment for healthy physical, social, and emotional development. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Our Kids Explorer Program is an holistic program focusing on environmental education and social integration of local kids. During the week volunteers will offer different workshops to teach ways to safe the environment and during the weekend volunteers and staff members will take the kids on small camping trips into the rainforest.

Our ‘Explorer’ kids program (scouts) is another strategy that we are developing to give a new perspective of life to this Amazonian community. Our vision is to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children by creating a safe environment for healthy physical, social, and emotional development. We want to encourage a passion and respect for the natural world to help transition eager young minds into caring, socially-conscious global citizens. Through connection with nature we can nurture a better understanding of the environment while improving their interpersonal skills with one another and other adults.                                                                                                                                                  

This trips need to be well prepared such as packing equipment, informing the kids about risks and rules and sharing out tasks. During the trip volunteers not only assist us with supervising the kids, but also introducing games for social interaction and group connection. Another focus will be nature education. Therefore, we are not asking volunteers to have the specific knowledge about Amazonian animals and plants, but together with the kids ask curious questions and search for answers. Ideas could be: to make research diaries with photos, sketches and data or to start making a herbarium (press leaves and label them), experimenting with filtering river water, making fire by friction with sticks or stones, etc. The idea behind this is to protect what your love.

Volunteers will be trained to develop hands on ideas for different workshop such as paper making, upcycling art, building a compost, making paints out of soil and flower or guiding discussion groups about global environmental problems. After this training volunteers are welcome to work independently in small groups with our students. Volunteers are welcome to develop their own ideas. There will be regular staff meeting to exchange ideas and to report the progress. Volunteers will also receive a first aid training.

We are also starting a reforestation project in areas damaged by mining and illegal logging and, we will need volunteers to make this possible.

Volunteers support to the Kids Explorer program up to 20 hours a week.

Typical day

weekday: Morning are free. Usually volunteers spend breakfast together, walk around in the village, go to the market. After lunch volunteers meet for a short staff meeting. In the afternoon workshops are hold outside like going with a group of kids to pick garbage or making arts out of plastic. This workshop are also fun activities and different songs and games in English or Spanish will be used to gain a feeling of connection. The evening are free, usually volunteers gather, visit local pubs.

weekend: depending on the weather and our group scout trips can be over night in tents or day trips. Depending on our destination the group will take transportation and then continue to hike or hike all the way to our base. There we will build up the tents, make a fire and explain kids the important rules. Volunteers can offer group games, singing songs, but also educational games such as observing different bird songs, collecting plants, using magnifying glasses and binoculars, sketching animals and so on. Closing the day together at the campfire.

Free-time activities

The following activities for volunteers are included:

  • Hiking at the Amazon rainforest
  • Swimming at local streams and rivers
  • Visit local plantations
  • Trek to local caves
  • Salsa lessons (2 days, 1.5 hours each day)
  • Spanish lessons (4 hours a week)
  • Camping in the rainforest (fishing, bonfire, exploring)
  • Cooking Peruvian food (2 days workshop)
  • Fishing at Pachitea river with local fisherman using a net
  • Make artisan chocolate (1 day workshop)
  • Make artisan cheese (1 day workshop)
  • Make Amazonian craft with locals (1 day workshop)


Volunteers can also do the following activities during their free time:

 

  • Explore the Amazon rainforest
  • Play sports with locals such as soccer or volleyball
  • Yoga with our deputy manager, Anne Poenisch
  • Ayahuasca Ceremony with local shaman
  • Fruit picking around the village
  • Bonfire around the Pachitea riverside
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Birdwatching
  • Visit indigenous communities (with previous permission)
  • Visit the Boiling River
  • Visit Austro-German Community
  • Boat trips and more...

                                                            

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English, Environmental, History, Geography, Biology, etc at High School level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-Team work
-Good Communication skills
-Self confidence
-Scout experience
-Problem Solving
-Teaching
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Semillas Life

By volunteering with us, you get a unique chance to experience the stunning natural diversity and experience the beautiful local culture beyond a busy tourist industry. At the same time you will help us to achieve our goal in giving back to our local community. We co-operate with a range of local people. Therefore, all booking fees go either straight to people in our community such as, farmers, taxi and tuc tuc drivers, hostels, restaurants, groceries, boat and tour guides, etc. You will also help to cover the expenses of our project.

Airport Pickup at Capitan Rolden Airport

Transportation is included from Pucallpa´s airport or bus station to Puerto Inca. The taxi colectivo drivers will wait at the airport/bus station with a poster with the name of the volunteers so, the volunteers can recognize them. The ride from the city of Pucallpa to Puerto Inca takes about 2.5 hours.

Transportation expenses during our excursions are also included

Volunteers can either take a bus or flight from the city of Lima to the city of Pucallpa. Buses take about 20 hours long and flights take 1 hour to get to Pucallpa. (Not Included)

Accommodation

Accommodation is included for all our programs. Volunteers stay in a family hostel. Two same gender volunteers share a bedroom. All bedrooms have proper bathrooms and beds. Working with local families is part of our project to boost the local economy.

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Food and Drink are included for all our programs. We provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Monday through Friday. For breakfast, we provide coffee or tea, bread, eggs, fruit juice, butter, jam, fruit salad. For Lunch and dinner, we provide Peruvian dishes, (starter + main dish + juice) with chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc. We also provide vegetarian and vegan meals with previous requirement. Volunteer will eat at local restaurants as part of our project to boost the local economy.

The village of Puerto Inca has no running water. People use water wells to get water. Former volunteers and us have drunk this water without problems. However, we recommend volunteers to bring a portable water filter to make sure they are drinking good water at any time like in our trips to the jungle.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Capitan Rolden Airport (PCL) in Pucallpa. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

At the moment we are on standby due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will restart our project on May 1, 2021. After we restart our activities, volunteers can arrive any day of the year.

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens May 2021. Apply Now!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,080
5 weeks
$1,327
6 weeks
$1,573
7 weeks
$1,820
11 weeks
$2,806
19 weeks
$4,778
50 weeks (max. stay)
$12,420
Average fees
$259 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Semillas Life will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Semillas Life during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Our vision is to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children by creating a safe environment for healthy physical, social, and emotional development.

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