As a volunteer you will live together with a small native Ashananika community and assist the local school teacher as well as helping with homework.
As a volunteer you will live together with a small community of native Ashaninkas. The tribe is located in a quite remote rainforest area which is about 20 km away from Satipo. There you will find humid tropical rainforest climate with high temperatures during day and night.
The community consists of eight families in total who are still living in a traditional way. The main economical activity of the community is agriculture like growing yucca, coffee, cacao, bananas and oranges. The people there live in basic houses built of natural materials.
Your volunteer work will consist of assisting the school teacher at the local school there. The school is only for children of the Ashaninka community. It is a primary school with only one class which is attended by 11 students of different age. The pupils are aged between 5 and 12 years.
In the afternoon the children will be happy if you help them with their homework for some time. If you like you can also do some farmwork on close by agricultural sites together with the Ashaninkas. The tribe people will be glad if you participate in their daily working duties at the communal place, like preparing food and taking care of the animals together with them. You will live there as a member of local tribe people and will be integrated in the Ashaninka community.
Please be aware that the people there live a simple lifestyle in a remote area. The houses are really basic, the food is prepared on open fire every day. Nevertheless there is a connection to electricity and also television and mobile net are available.
Even if there is no tapwater they have plenty of water that comes from a closeby pure waterfall in water tubes to the communal place area. The shower has solar heated water and is located outside. The bathrooms are really basic and without water connection.
During your freetime you can go hiking around the mountain area where the Ashaninka tribe is located as well visiting various beautiful water falls close to tribe.
The next city, Satipo, is also worth visiting. There you can find food markets, restaurants, churches, parks and a tourist information desk.
In the tropical rainforest you find many magnificient water falls. Some of them contain also natural swimming pools.
The rainforest area is famous for birdwatching and finding some special amazing plants, like orchids that are typical plants of the Amazon region.
Around Satipo there are a lot of agricultural sites where various tropical fruits are grown There are for example coffee, cacao, pineapple, orange, lemon, papaya and banana plantations. Next to Satipo you can find wonderful natural beaches along wide rivers, for example the Playa de Bellavista or Playa Meratari. On some rivers you can take a boat tour to view the spectacular natural wildlife.
Besides the Ashaninka tribe there also live the Nomatsiguengas tribe that is native to the region too and can be visited as well.
Furthermore close by you can find some ancient rock paintings of former cultures.
We provide a room and full board for the volunteer at our home place. The fees also include three meals every day that we usually eat together. . Please be aware that you have to pay for your transport. All transport fees like for bus tickets or taxis are not included.
We can provide an airport pick up, but only for extra costs -> 800 Soles. Huancayo hasn´t got an airport - the next airport is Jauja (45km distance).
We provide a room at our house which is located in the Santa guillermina ashaninka tribe; located on the top of a small mountain beetween satipo and mazamari, and very close to the local airport.
We will serve typical ashaninka food three times a day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you like to prepare your own meals feel free to use our kitchen area. For breakfast and lunch we provide a hot meal according to traditional food style. For dinner we will serve sandwiches and hot beverages. Please be aware that you can not drink tapwater in Peru. So if you need additional water between the daily meals you will have to boil or buy it by yourself.