Working with Indigenous Youth Partners to Regenerate the Peruvian Amazon

By Charlotte Biren – Communications Coordinator Project planning in pairs It’s a cloudy Saturday morning here in Yarinacocha, and our three Santa Clara Volunteers eagerly await the arrival of the Santa Clara Youth Association. After two months of getting to know the Youth Association and gauging interest in community led intiatives, the volunteers decided to bring everyone to Yarinacocha to host a workshop on Project Design and Planning. These past months, the volunteers and youth have spent time together discussing community needs, evaluating potentials for alternative economic opportunities, and observing the interests of the youth in terms of project creation. The Youth … Continue reading Working with Indigenous Youth Partners to Regenerate the Peruvian Amazon

Discover the Fantastic World of Books: Building a Bilingual Library for a New Generation of Intercultural Learners

When I arrived as a volunteer in Santa Clara over nine months ago, I was shocked by how few children I saw reading. Books in the rural indigenous school system, I was to learn, often sit for years locked away … Continue reading Discover the Fantastic World of Books: Building a Bilingual Library for a New Generation of Intercultural Learners

Initial Strokes: Art and Environmental Consciousness with the Youngest Generation of Shipibo Children

After completing a series of murals with the children of the Shipibo urban community of Bena Jema on their elementary school, the teachers of the preschool next door came to us with an interest in a mural for their building … Continue reading Initial Strokes: Art and Environmental Consciousness with the Youngest Generation of Shipibo Children