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Amazon Adventure: Volunteering in the lungs of the world


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.

Amazon River_ View from the Plane

Amazon River_ View from the Plane

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. 

In the streets of Leticia

In the streets of Leticia

March, wet season in Amazon

March, wet season in Amazon

New architecture with old transportation, Leticia

New architecture with old transportation, Leticia

Leticia main port

Leticia main port

Playing ukulele on the way to La Libertad

Playing ukulele on the way to La Libertad

Welcome to La Libertad (Liberty)

Welcome to La Libertad (Liberty)

View of village La Libertad

View of village La Libertad

At the bank of Amazon river

At the bank of Amazon river

Traditional face painting and local kids

Traditional face painting and local kids

Guest house, my new home

Guest house, my new home

And my bed

And my bed

Incredible experience from the lungs of the world!

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Amazon Adventure: Volunteering in the lungs of the world

  1. Great blog post. So cool that you went to Leticia. I’m in Colombia now, but never made it to Leticia, or the Amazon generally. So it’s been nice to experience it vicariously through your blog. Cheers!

    • Hi Anthony! Thanks for comment. I also enjoyed your blog. Where are you heading? If you are in Medellin and feels like enjoy coffee landscapes, let me know. Would be great to meet you 🙂

      • Hello! I’m afraid I’m in Bogota and headed north to Santa Marta to look for boats back to Europe. Thank you, though, for the invite. It would have been good to meet up. I’ll be sure to keep up with your blog (will follow). Glad you liked ours too!

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