Why travel to Amazon should be on your bucket list ?

Have you ever thought how can you travel to Amazon? Imagine going to a place that can be reached only by a 4-day boat ride or a plane.

Team traveling to Amazon

That place is called Iquitos, the gateway to the jungle lodges and tribal villages of the northern Amazon. From there it is possible to go to explore the deep and mysterious Amazon rainforest. Once you take a look at the map and try to find Iquitos, you’ll realize that it is so separated from everything, and surrounded by seemingly endless thick forests and rivers!

So, why should you go there?

There is zero light pollution!

You must have seen plenty of pictures of the Milky Way, yet in reality, these pictures are taken with high-quality cameras and it could be, that it wasn’t even so visible to the naked eye after all. But once you see the Amazonian night sky, the pictures will become a reality! There is no “light pollution” coming from the cities, so you can see the colorful and shiny Milky Way with a bare eye!

Milky Way in Amazon

It is home to rare & interesting animal species

Amazon is home for over 2,000 species of animals and some of them you cannot find anywhere else in the world! Have you heard of pink dolphins? They are very famous for living only in the Amazon river. Once you see the pink flashes soaring through the water, it feels like you have ended up in a fairyland! Besides this, you can find jaguars, boars, sloths, monkeys, frogs and 205 of the world’s bird species, most colorful birds you’ll ever see!

Different species in Amazon

There are plants that you have never heard about

Besides being the lungs of our planet, you can find a lot of natural remedies in the Amazonian rainforest. For example, 70% of these plants have anticancer properties and exist only in the Amazon! 

Amazon plants

Sodo plants can cure addiction and Cordoncillo plant acts as a painkiller! 90 percent of the plants there haven’t even been studied by modern science, imagine what would be the outcome if they were!

See the way the indigenous people live

The little villages that you find along the river or in the jungle are mostly untouched by more modern predilections and the people there keep to traditional ways of living and doing things. In these villages, you’ll find medicine men, healers, shaman, and witch doctors. The stories some of them tell are truly amusing.

Fishing in Amazon

The food

There are approximately 3,000 types of edible fruit that grow in the rainforest, and most of them you’ve never seen before. They all taste incredibly delicious and unique. Besides this, have you ever even thought about the idea of eating a piranha for dinner? Very doable, and actually one of the best-tasting fish you could ever eat!

Amazon fruits

There are plenty more reasons for you to visit the Amazon rainforest at least once in your life, but once you go there, be sure to be respectful towards its nature and inhabitants. Take only memories, leave only footprints!

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BTP period – 3 months

Returning to school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting with the team, showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, presentations, exhibitions, speeches for debate forums, books and more. Studying further the curriculum in Fighting with The Poor, bringing the truth to the public. 

Going to different schools around Europe to spread the new knowledge in various creative ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, exhibitions – leading to a better understanding and inspiring to take an action.

Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Using the last months together to conclude our future perspectives and possible ways of improving The Poor’s quality in life with humble ways of sharing knowledge.

Volunteer period – 6 months

The Project Work in Africa or India in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period, you can work at:

  • Teacher training colleges
  • Educating teachers for rural areas
  • Vocational schools for young people
  • Schools for street children.Preschools
  • Sanitation and hygiene in rural areas
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Raising funds for social projects by forming partnerships and selling second hand clothes and shoes
  • Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS (following the program TCE/Total Control of the Epidemic)

Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.

Ready for doing the work needed at the project, bringing plans and materials from the previous periods. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried out.

Carrying out the tasks as defined within the necessities of the project and by the Project Leadership. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, eradicating malaria, teaching about big issues of our time while working as a teacher at DNS, starting income-generating activities, working as a TCE Special Force in the fight against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.

Studying and working with your Specialisation in Fighting with The Poor, finalising with a People’s Exam and a written thesis at the end of the period. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, recording videos.

Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to make daily life better.

Travel period – 3 months

Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are traveling through.

Making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, staying in their homes, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values and sharing thoughts with them about the world and the future.

Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing it to the public what you have so far experienced and learned. Putting up investigations on a higher level, asking tough questions to self and to the group, getting hold of more answers and putting up new questions.

Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced.
Finding good ways of sticking together in the Trios and in the group as such during the travel period.

Study Period – 6 months

At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher.

The school’s Program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a Program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary.

Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.

You will train yourself in being adventurers and survivors, living and traveling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.