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10-DAY IMMERSIVE ITINERARY
IN THE HEART OF THE AMAZON FOREST
TAPAJÓS-ARAPIUNS EXTRACTIVE RESERVE - BRAZIL
SEPTEMBER 3 - 12
VOLUNTEER WORK & COMMUNITY BASED TOURISM
OUR GOAL IS TO BUILD A PLANT NURSERY
WITH CAPACITY FOR 150.000 NATIVE SEEDLINGS AT CEFA
CEFA (Active Forest Experimental Center), a place maintained by Projeto Saúde e Alegria (Health and Joy Project) works on the training of the community members of the Reserve aiming to slowly modify the current production system, based on the “slash and burn” logic, on behalf of integrated, sustainable and permanent systems by teaching alternatives for income which preserve and strengthen the Amazon system.
The plant nursery is an essential part of the work for it produces the seedlings used on the communities agroforestry fields, a more sustainable way of generating income for local inhabitants as it helps to restore the forest and strengthens the human-nature relation.
The Amazon Expedition will fund the construction completely and its participants will be the main responsible for erecting the nursery, an action based on the necessities pointed out directly by the social project and with potential to benefit hundreds of families living in the region. Alongside with locals and under guidance of Health and Joy’s technical team, we’ll have 10 days to complete the task, an excellent demonstration of how voluntourism can produce concrete results in short time.
PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO ENGAGE IN PLANTING SEEDLINGS
IN ORDER TO FEEL THE FULL IMPORTANCE OF THE WORK FOR THE RECOVERY OF THE AMAZON FOREST
IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE
THE WAY OF LIVING OF THE RIVERSIDE COMMUNITIES
Our itinerary includes the most remarking aspects of the local culture: sleeping in hammocks, traveling by boat on the wide rivers of the Amazon basin, tipical food and traditional cultural activities, such as the Piracaia (a freshly caught fish barbecue on the river banks) and the Farinhada (the manufacture process of the cassava flour), all that counting the guidance of the locals to assure more authenticity to the experience.