Please familiarise yourself with the information on this website and take a look at the volunteer-run blog before making your application. There is only one type of role available so carefully consider your suitability for that which is described.
We are currently looking for a volunteer to start in May – July 2018 but are open to reading applications for future consideration.
We will next be reviewing applications this coming week. You will hear from us soon regarding your suitability for the role.
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You will be living in a shared cabin with other teachers from the school.
The community will be able to provide basic root crops and some fruits. Your other food will be flown in when supplies you may need (rice, pasta, eggs etc.) are running low, but usually every 2 weeks. From the fruits and vegetables grown in the Achuar gardens (called chakras), manioc and plantain (green banana) is eaten with every meal! Fish is often cooked in the traditional form of ‘maito’wrapped in a Nuka leaf and steam over the fire. Game, the men hunt include peccary, danta tapir and armadillo.
You should budget $60-80 a month for food which will be arranged to be flown in for you. This includes the cost of a gas cylinder for the cooker and transport costs. Teachers tend to cook meals together but it is up to you how you arrange to share your food!
“I have been working in high school for 4 years. I had classes of 40 students, most of whom didn’t want to be in class and didn’t care about learning English, which didn’t make all the hours that I put into planning my lessons very rewarding.
Here at Colegio Tuna, students come to school because they want to learn. School is voluntary, and there are currently 13 students from other communities that live in boarding houses because they want education. You can see that students are eager to learn English; they do their homework, they put forth their best effort in class.
Unlike a normal high school, where I would only see the students on school grounds during school hours, here in this small community, I see my students all day long. We swim together, play football or do cheerleading together, even dance together at community events. Sometimes students come over to the house so that I can help with their homework, or to look at photos on my computer. Recently some girls wanted my fashion advice for a school dance and came over to try on different jewelry I had to match their outfits. A few times students spoke on Skype with my husband, and I was even asked to be the Godmother of one student at her communion.
There is a real chance to bond with the students and the community here. In the classroom, I was their teacher, but in the community I am their teacher, role model, and friend – and they have also been my teacher, role model and friend. This really makes for a successful English class because not only do we respect each other, but since we got to know each other through all the activities we did together, they are very comfortable around me, which makes them less hesitant to try to speak English, which can normally be scary and intimidating for students.
I have also seen the effort the teachers put into their classes. Recently we held the school festival. Both students and teachers worked nonstop for days to practice for the cultural events, build the structures to house them, and put together an amazing festival for the school. Students and teachers are proud of their school and I can see why. I too have been honored to be a part of such a dedicated institution and have really enjoyed and felt rewarded working and bonding with the bright Achuar youth.
I love the pace of life here, how relaxed it is, the freedom, the lack of stress. The jungle rewards me everyday with delicious food like fresh pineapple, papaya, and plantains; not to mention the gorgeous sunsets and night sky that I can view without even leaving my porch. I have loved my volunteer experience here, and if it weren’t for my work schedule, I would stay for a year. I have lived, laughed and learned with the Achuar, and it has been an amazing and unforgettable experience.”