Ways to get Involved.
In Kichwa, "Yarichi Ñucanchi Yachanata" means “Remember Our Teachings.”
We are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:
Tribal Learning Center:
(Music teacher - guitar, singing, flute)
(Art teacher - painting, drawing, face painting)
Jungle Medicine Clinic
Shamanic Wellness Retreat Center
Social Media & Production
Social Media Campaigns
Website Development / SEO
The Amazon Rainforest has inspired many.
German explorer and geographer, Alexander von Humboldt was one of the greatest explorer-scientist of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Before he went on his voyage of exploration, little information had been gathered on the geology, botany, and indigenous people of Ecuador. It was Humboldt who studied and documented the kinship rituals of the people of the Amazon basin and the connections between geography and culture.
Imagine now being able to witness such ancient cultures yourself!
That is the aim of the volunteer program here, to invite you to help us preserve this ancient indigenous Kichwa culture. The Kichwa culture face extinction due to the cultural erosion that has occurred over generations. Much of this has been caused by the expansion of the petroleum industry, forces of modernization, and globalization, in addition to the position of the Kichwa on the lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder in Ecuador.
Here travelers and volunteers can get immersed in the traditions, ancient culture, and habitat of the Kichwa tribe.
Tribal Learning Center:
Tribal Learning Center is an indigenous school in the Ecuadorian rainforests of the Amazon, created for indigenous students, (both young and old). Its main task is to create culturally appropriate and relevant courses, producing indigenous students with knowledge and skills that are still rooted in their own Kichwa culture. Help us build and support the educational courses which allow indigenous knowledge, language, and cosmologies to be at the heart of the Tribal Learning Center educational experience.
Our current objective here is to staff the tribal learning center with bilingual teachers - Spanish & English. Please have Intermediate to Advanced levels of speaking Spanish and English + 4 weeks or more availability.
Jungle Medicine Clinic
We are actively looking for people who have a medical background to help volunteer in the Jungle Medical Clinic.
The development of the Jungle Medicine Clinic arose from mainstream health services being unable to adequately meet the needs of the indigenous community and from indigenous people often being excluded and marginalized from mainstream health services.
Part of the solution has been to establish a small team of qualified, experienced General Physicians, other medical staff and allied health professionals, and indigenous healers, who assure that guests, indigenous families, and volunteers receive the quality medical care they need and deserve. Volunteers will assist with developing community education workshops about health & wellness, and first-aid training if qualified.
Shamanic Wellness Retreats take place at a small Kichwa indigenous community about a 30-minute drive from Puyo where guests and volunteers stay in primitive, simple, locally-constructed bamboo huts with high-speed internet, electricity, and showers with hot water, laundry, and 3 meals per day.
Retreat Center offers travelers safe and authentic shamanic retreats in the enchanting rainforests of Ecuador. Here you can experience and learn about the natural healing power of nature's botanicals from the jungle. The focus of the retreat is on individual wellness. Each retreat is unique and can include medically supervised Integrative health & wellness treatments, Psycho-Spiritual Addiction & Recovery Support, Detox, and Shamanic Cleanse Rituals. These rituals have been used for centuries by shaman and Yachaks for grounding and healing effects that can enhance one's physical health, creativity, productivity, wisdom, clarity, and spiritual awareness.
Social Media & Content Production Team
We are currently seeking talented volunteers to help develop and fine-tune the various online operations. This includes expanding our online digital presence through web development, content creation, the development of social media campaigns, and various forms of video/media production. The community also needs help developing international cultural tourism marketing strategies to ensure ongoing financial sustainability.
Support Indigenous Education
Become a Learning Center Supporter.
Your financial support will help this Kichwa tribe strengthen its indigenous education movement.
Our development team can also help you design a custom scholarship program, or bursaries, in memoriam, or to specific areas of interest.
Join the Movement
the Indigenous Community
The Campaign supports the construction costs of new casitas, guest bathrooms, sustainable farming, infrastructure development and supplies for the Indigenous Cultural Space.
Your gift, regardless of size, has a meaningful and direct impact on the community. We invite you to join us in that mission with a financial contribution.
MAKE AN IMPACT.
Support Culturally-Rooted Indigenous Education
Your financial support will help amplify the voices of the Indigenous peoples of Sacha Wasi, as they face the great waves of change that systematically extinguish their culture and destroy their relationship with their ancestors and Mother Earth.