Community Connections in the Northern Amazon
We’ll be living in Iquitos, the largest city (400,000 people) in the world not accessible by road, or El Estrecho, another city deep in the jungle! We’ll visit local markets, and learn about issues of mining, conservation, and human rights while engaging with community-requested projects in the city or out in the jungle. We will work with multiple organizations that fight in defence of indigenous rights, strive to keep their cultural practices alive, and work to strengthen their communities.
In the past we’ve helped build community centres with youth groups, lugging wood out of the jungle and learning the 29 ways to use a machete around our work site from our new local friends. Always prioritizing community-requested projects, our work this year will depend on the needs of the communities when we arrive!
Apart from this, we’ll also have the opportunity to meet with Tsanwa, a youth LGBT group, to learn about their work and speak with our Peruvian counterparts about issues that affect all of us. Combined with all of this, there will also be day trips where we’ll be actively exploring the wildlife in the Amazon jungle. It’s sure to be an unrivalled experience!