Amazon rainforest- the lungs of the world, green hell or counterfeit paradise- those are the most common synonyms for the biggest rainforest on the planet. Mysterious, wild, dangerous, hostile and incredibly beautiful. Amazon rainforest is not uncovered place anymore. Since Spanish conquest of Latin America and more accurately since Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana entered dense jungle for the first time, the lungs of the world became place of explorations and exploitations and indigenous tribes have been contacted and influenced since then.
I have been thinking about Amazon for a long time but the idea of being just another tourist did not appeal to me that much. I decided to spend one month volunteering instead. There is plenty of volunteering opportunities in Amazon (in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brasil) but many of them have have volunteering costs that seem to be pretty high.
After quiet deep research and many emails I finally found the project I wanted to participate in. I decided to volunteer in the indigenous community La Libertad at the banks of Amazon river 2 hours northwest of Leticia, capital city of Colombian Amazon department.
I spent one month with indigenous people living their everyday reality and sharing precious moments of unity. I was really happy to help them their handcrafs (especially knots), regular stuff as painting or searching for bananas in the jungle, teaching English and doing drawing classes, playing games and helping with tourists.
Volunteering was through Amazon Pueblo project (for more informaton about project please visit is official webpage http://www.amazonpueblo.org) that is dedicated to helping village to live sustainably through socially conscious business.
Incredible experience from the lungs of the world!