Alianza Arkana is a grassroots alliance regenerating the Peruvian Amazon by supporting its indigenous people and their traditions
We look for interns and volunteers who are physically, mentally and emotionally fit, who do not back down from a challenge, and who are willing to commit a minimum of 3 months. Volunteers or interns must have a deep commitment to understanding the complexities of indigenous life in the Peruvian Amazon, with an appreciation to both its wonders and blessings as well as its tough challenges in the face of rampant resource extraction and 500+ years of colonialism.
Working in the Amazon is not for the faint of heart. The weather is hot and humid, there are often many bugs and mosquitoes. River travel is not the most comfortable form of transportation, though it is the most common. You are expected to work hard, with a high level of autonomy and initiative. When staying in indigenous communities, there is no running water or flushing toilets. While you may not permanently live in a community, you might be there for lengths of time depending on your role. Flexibility and patience are also extremely important. Things happen at their own pace here in the Amazon, and patience is definitely a virtue.
That being said, the rewards of persevering and facing these challenges yield innumerable opportunities for growth and learning.
We work closely with Shipibo people, indigenous to the Ucayali region where we are based.
Volunteers and Interns stay both in our permaculture live/work site in the centre of Yarinacocha, and in local Shipibo communities.
Please see our website for more information about our work.
Size of project site
People on site
5 - 10
April to September
October to March
- private room
- shared rooms
- communal kitchen access
- fast: streaming video
Alianza Arkana is currently offering the following opportunities:
- communications co-ordinator
- representative in local community
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