Our partners in ECUADOR, PERU and HONDURAS offer a range of eco-adventure opportunities
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ECUADORIAN AMAZON --- INDIGENOUS RIGHTS-- ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

The Indigenous Foundation of the Ecuadorian Amazonas region was established to empower comunity development and protect the natural resources of the Province of Napo.

Under the direction of Mr. Tito Grefa, a young indigenous Kichwa leader ( recent winner of the Reality Show “Expedición Robinson Ecuador”, produced and presented throuh Tele Amazonas), our organiation has been transformed from a loosely organized group of young professionals to a rapidly developing nonprofit comitted to the sustainable growth of our community. Guided by the philosophies of our ancestors, we are committed to preserving and educating the population about our rich cultural heritage and the necessity of promoting socially and environmentally conscious development alternatives. We are dedicated to improving the living conditions and environment of the Amazonas people.

INFORMATION FOR THE VOLUNTEER

Every person is asked to respect the local communities, and to be aware that the local habits, customs, and lifestyles may be different from their own. With full respect and an open mind, a succesful partnership between the volunteer, members of the community and the Foundation can have an incredible impact. In addition, the use of alcoholic drinks and drugs is totally forbidden. Examples of programs in which we need volunteers include:

EDUCATION PROGRAMS: The volunteers help teach English in community schools, coordinated by our organization. It’s important that the volunteers commit themselves to working for 2 months. The volunteers interested in teaching, arts, painting, music, are asked to work for 14 days up to 2 months.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMES: The volunteers can work in the are of medicine, wood, fruits and ornamental seeds recollection, in laboratories creating seedpatches, in the botanical garden, family and school gardens, paper recycling, where the volunteers work 8 hours daily, during the 22 days of the month, having 8 days holidays every month.
FINANCES: The volunteers pay their expenses themselves, also the expenses of their flight to Ecuador and the permanence costs in Ecuador. The volunteers costs are $360 USD monthly, including staying, service of three meals daily.

CUSCO, PERU --- COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT --- ARTS EDUCATION

The cultural center of La Tribu Amaru Puma Kuntur is a project created to address rural children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. The center offers a children’s library, as well as rotating workshops in the areas of theater, puppetry, juggling, arts and crafts, music and dance. This program will help to augment the cultural and intellectual development of the children as well as improve their cognative, emotional and social development through our training and apprenticeship programs. We are located 45 mins outside of the historic Inca city of Cusco in the heart of the Andes.

This model allows us to address, early on, the psycological repercussions of poverty, which generally speaking, can create a crisis of values, instead of making use of one’s abilities, and skills, poverty creates an environment that can lead to violence and low self esteem. We offer the children a place where they can talk, play and listen.; Where they can feel free to express themselves with validity and respect-- an environment that allows them to find resources to overcome their difficulties.

Our goal is to maintain a cultural training program for high risk children that provides a space of dialogue and play/games, with a social impact as well as a personal growth. We work with the parents to transmit this sense of responsibility and commitment toward culture and training by means of reading, art and music.

VISIT US: We are always open to hosting volunteers who are interested in leading a short or long term workshop at the children's cultural center. We also are always seeking donations of educational materials, including notebooks, crayons, english books, musical instruments, paints, etc.

 

COPAN, HONDURAS - ARTS AND CULTURE

Arte Acción is a Honduran multidisciplinary association with artists and social workers, aiming towards the inclusion of social values and the reinforcement of cultural identity in the country through socio-cultural education and promotion of the arts. Through free classes of painting, photography, drama, murals and many more disciplines, we teach our students about the environment, children's rights and how they can play an active role in the improvement of their community. We teach classes at our headquarters in La Casa de Todo in Copán Ruinas, but also at the rural schools, mostly in Maya Chortí villages.

Over the years we have seen an amazing development in our regular students: the kids who visit our weekly art workshop are no longer afraid of turning their imagination into a piece of art. The members of the Childrens Council whom we have been training for four years, speak up in public as if they’ve never done differently, and the children at rural schools jump up and down in anticipation when they see us coming. It is great to be able to say that over the years we have made a difference for many children in Copán Ruinas.

Cine Campesino is a idea set up by Un Mundo, a small NGO that operates in the valley of the river Cangrejal on the north coast of Honduras. It initated with a film festival in 2002 that lasted 3 days. After the second edition, Cine Campesino went mobile and started giving free film festivals in rural Honduran comunities. One year and 54 film festivals later, we think it is time to expand and try to set up the Cine Campesino Photo and Film Institute. The Institute will consist of the following proyects and programs.

Festivals will be continually produced throughout Honduras. These day events will celebrate the difficult yet beautiful life of the Campesino (farmer). Content and process is designed to stimulate the self-awareness, creativity, and cooperation at the heart of the development process. Post-film discussion will focus on the power of freedom of expression and honest dialogue. Marginalized communities we serve with our films and festivals will become a major part of the Institute, for the very reason that there can be no true revolution without the people.

One week introductory programs are open to youth from marginalized communities throughout Honduras. These programs introduce students to an over-view of film making; the history of the international and Latin American film industry; the funding, distribution, and consumption of film; as well as a hands-on film making experience. This program is free to students and includes food, lodging, transport, and all materials. Honduran youth making up our workshops will be the real stars of the Cine Campesino Photo and Film Institute.

Advanced study programs are open to youth showing promise and interest in film making. The advanced study program begins with an in-depth examination of the topics covered in the introductory program. Students then begin to work on their own projects, under the one-on-one tutelage of the Institute Director. These local youths will be trained to eventually run the institute, conforming to our commitment to promote self-sufficiency.

Coordination of Honduran film community events will take place at the Institute. The Institute’s open door policy aims to foster a national film culture. We will host workshops, seminars, and members of the international film community will contribute to the Institute with their experience and expertise. We will also promote inter- and intra-national cultural exchanges. Our collaborators include the New Latin American Film Institute in Cuba, a group of budding Honduran film makers, development organizations actively promoting the arts in Honduras, and the film departments of several major universities in several countries. Our board of directors will represent the various communities that comprise the Institute. A full-time Director will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Institute.

 
 
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