Amazonas Explored

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Dates 3 Jan '11 to 17 Jan '11

Flexible? Yeah, sure

Est. Cost 1,995 - 2,500 AUD (AUD Australia Dollars)

Type Travel Partners Wanted

Name Amazonas Explored

I will be heading into the Amazon region of Ecuador to undertake volunteer work.
I am a university student, and want to work with communities in developing countries over my summer break.
The program consists of one week of volunteering followed by one week of activities with other volunteers. Then I am hoping to travel through America, but I am still considering this.
After landing in Quito I will be catching a bus to Puerto Misahualli where I will be staying for most my time in the Amazon.
Each morning, I will canoe to one of the local villages in which we will be providing water and septic tank infrastructure. We will also be refurbishing the village school or teaching the children English and basic hygiene.
After volunteering for the day, there will be loads of different activities, such as visiting a secluded waterfall, trivia nights or going to a butterfly farm. I will also be given the chance to hold an Anaconda or Tarantula... but I think I might give that a pass...!!
After completion of the volunteer week I will get to experience what the Amazon truly has to offer.
We will be heading on a trek deep into the jungle with a private guide that has lived in the Amazon for over 25 years. I expect to learn alot about the amazing animals, beautiful birds and plants along the way.
We will also be going white water rafting, visiting an indigenous tribe and their village shaman and going on dusk navigational hikes!
All this in just under one week before In head back to LA where I am contemplating traveling across the US.

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jamesbronz
jamesbronz sounds good. i love the idea. i actually live in los angeles and yeah, ive been pondering the idea of exploring the amazon for a few weeks especially along the river. this might be good.
3 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron Tom- Sounds like a great trip! Ecuador is near and dear to our hearts since my wife did volunteer work there.
3 years ago
Susanna
Susanna Are you still in the Amazon? I've been last year but right now I am back in Ecuador and wonder where it is nice for staying in villages in the jungle of Ecuador?
4 years ago
Amy Minhyung Lee
Amy Minhyung Lee Awesome!!! :) I love this plan. I want to join this travel! I'll be South America from Jan to Feb 2011. So just let me know how do I join. :D
4 years ago
anthonyds
anthonyds This sounds really great! i would love to go to the Amazon someday.
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hi Tom, I just read this great account of rafting the Amazon Basin. Makes me want to do it now! http://www.brendansadventures.com/rafting-the-amazon-basin/
4 years ago
t_jowett
t_jowett That looks amazing! I loved the article too!! I will be white water rafting the Rio Napo, which has a class of 3 and 4... It should be a blast, I cant wait.
4 years ago
tddong
tddong Sounds like a blast to me. Are you planning to go in summer - or winter? Can I ask.. what the name of volunteer work, I would love to join if possible.
4 years ago
t_jowett
t_jowett Hi tddong, We are planning to go in summer, it is with an organisation called Volunteer Eco Students Abroad. If you would like any information I would be happy to supply it.
4 years ago
tddong
tddong Thanks Tom, great information awesome trip. I would love to go but summer is too tight for me since I'm working now. I'll take another chance, winter trip sounds good to me. Thanks a lot of the information. Hope you will have a great time in Ecuador.
4 years ago
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Lauren Sebastian Graham tddong jonniej anthonyds Ray Eliz Amy Minhyung Lee Susanna Worldtraveler119 fijiaaron jamesbronz

Countries

Latin America North America

Highlights

  • experience a life changing cause
  • creating life long friends
  • Construction of sanitation devic
  • Teaching Basic Hygiene
  • Teaching English to children

Activities

  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Canoeing & Rafting
  • Wildlife & Ecology
  • Volunteering