How to be self-sustaining in the Amazon? Chaikuni teaches you in this new program

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Chaikuni will launch its new sustainable food production and construction volunteer program. You must have medical insurance, test negative COVID and make a financial contribution that will cover your stay and food. Start of the first cycle of volunteering from September 4 to December 9.

The context of the climate crisis and COVID19 has shown us how necessary it is for one to self-manage their own food and resources. Faced with this, the Chaikuni Institute is launching its new Permaculture Volunteer Program, which consists of providing the general public the opportunity to learn and share more sustainable, ecological, and financially sound practices in the Amazon.

The new program will take place in our Permaculture Center, located two hours from Puerto Nanay (Iquitos), one hour by boat and another by walking. In this place, the apprentices will receive knowledge of various types: from how to build your own house with sustainable materials (bio-construction with bamboo, mud, etc.) and food production (permaculture, fish farms, chinampas, ayahuasca crops).

Front of our permaculture center where the volunteers will stay. Credit: Alienor by Sas.

Working with the land means knowing it and loving it. Credit: Alienor De Sas.

Permaculture work is hard, but happy if done as a team. Credit: Alienor by Sas.

It is recommended to be at least one month as a volunteer. However, the recommended time is three months (total time of a volunteer cycle), this ensures learning from the experience.

After the three-month stay, you can apply for a Residency Program in which the volunteer can take responsibility for a project.

In the first entry of the month of September, up to 5 volunteers will be accepted, of which one may be awarded a scholarship (250 soles per month). The monthly contribution is 580 soles (155 US dollars). The economic contribution covers the stay in the center and food (breakfast and lunch).

Physical effort is constant in the permaculture center. For that we require volunteers in good physical condition. Credit: Alienor De Sas.

Room model where the volunteers would live. Credit: Yann Filippi.

Common room where volunteers can rest. Credit: Yann Filippi.

House where the volunteers will live. Credit: Yann Filippi.

Among the requirements that are requested to be a volunteer we have the following: a good physical condition that allows you constant physical work; basic knowledge of Spanish; have health insurance; a COVID (antigen) test two days in advance before entering the field. Send the proof to, with a copy to

You should also take into account that due to the geographical position of the permaculture center, these conditions are presented:

+ We do not have a Wi-Fi signal

+ The cellular internet signal is very low

+ We have limited electricity (on cloudy or rainy days we do not have electricity).

Within the framework of this program, Chaikuni is organizing a free virtual event where the Coordinator of the Permaculture Center, Diego Carhuaricra, is an expert with years of experience in green building and sustainable food issues. The date will be Friday, August 13. To register for the webinar, go here.

For more information, you can also write to both emails /

Download the bases of the volunteer program in the link below.