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Photography and kids

August 25, 2008 in En Acción by daperu

Johanna Pagels (Germany) – Professional photographer:

During July-August 2008, Johanna visited the “Santa Clara II zona” community to spend 6 weeks with us. She is a professional photographer who was living in Scotland by that time. We started the previous email contacts, and after thinking about ideas to develop in the community, we got to the point to decide the use of her knowledge, and tehcniques to share with the kids. The idea was teaching the kids basic concepts about how to handle a camera, and encourage them to express what they feel it would be a great picture to share with the class. She brought around 50 Fuji disposable cameras to start the project. Cameras were delivered to the kids, and they had to take a daily picture. Although there were some misunderstandings, specially with the parents of kids who wanted to use the cameras for personal reasons other than the project, the kids did it very well. We were excited to see the artistic expressions, how they pictured their surrounding environment, and the way they portrayed their daily living as kids from the amazon rainforest. Later all rolls were developed (thanking to Johanna again), and we selected the most interesting pictures in order to magnify them. The first two weeks she shared the space with Alex, so by that time we had lot of exciting activities. Her last week, she chosed the most interesting pictures, and took them to her country. She did an expo in Scotland, Germany, and United States. Her book “On Demons and sirens” was edited in the United States. The website for more information about her time in Iquitos:

Johanna taking pictures

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Alex from U.K.

August 22, 2008 in En Acción by daperu

Alexandra Mackenzie – University of Saint Andrews:

During July-August 2008, Alex Mackenzie, from the University of Saint Andrews, came to Iquitos to spend 4 weeks with us. I picked up at the “Francisco secada airport”, and I felt this would be a great experience. She went to “Santa Clara II zona”, and stayed in a camp near to the community. I should say she’s a brave and strong woman, and showed us all how a considered “girlish” girl could do it fine in the jungle! After 2 weeks in the camp, she moved to the house in the community, and shared the space with another participant who, by that moment, came to run an artistic project. Alex taught basic english, and, gave them some tips about recycling inorganic waste. The last week of her visit, she runned a small personal project to take it to her University. She videotaped stories from old people of the community, targeting cocama-cocamilla descendants. It was a great experience, wonderful stories of the ancient tribes, stories about ayahuasca ceremonies, the old untouched forest, respect for the animals, spirits and demons of the jungle, hunting trips, and festivity days. What a wonderful time!!!

Alex in Santa Clara II zona community – Picture taken in any usual night

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Two swedish guys

November 18, 2007 in En Acción by daperu

Carl and Johan – General participants:

During Octuber-November 2007, Carl Hennung, and Johan Svenson spent 4 weeks in “Santa Clara II zona”. They came from Sweden, and the first stop was Peru in their planned tour around America. Previous to came to the jungle they volunteered in Pisco (Ica, South of Lima), just after the earthquake that killed several people. It was the first time “Santa Clara” community received such nice visitors, and they were very happy to host them. The community is located around 30 minutes NE far away from Iquitos by boat, downstream the Amazon river. Some of the communards are direct cocama-cocamilla tribe descendants. Carl and Johan taught basic english, and, at the same time, gave them some tips about recycling inorganic waste. This was our first approach to this community, and we were very happy to be accepted as friends.

Carl and Johan in Santa Clara II zona community

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A student from U.K.

April 20, 2007 in En Acción by daperu

Natasha Morgan – University of Leeds:

During March-April 2007, Natasha Morgan, a participant from the University of Leeds, spent 4 weeks in “Villa Buen pastor”. She helped the kids and young people with their school duties. She organized dancing classes, a theater workshop, and helped us with recycling plastic bottles, and bags. A valuable time for our project!

Natasha in Buen Pastor community

Girls from community

Dance workshops

Dance workshops

Dance workshops

Dance workshops


Recycling plastic bottles

Willy in the fish pond

Fabiola and “pepito” the horse

Fun moments playing volleyball

Constrictor boa in Quistococha zoo

Certificates for Basic english learning

Certificates for Basic english learning

Certificates for Basic english learning

Certificates for Basic english learning

Certificates for Basic english learning

Certificates for Basic english learning

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A canadian participant

June 14, 2006 in En Acción by daperu

Robin Legge – University of Toronto:

During May-June 2006, a canadian participant from the University of Toronto - school of Psychology, went to “Villa Buen Pastor”, and share four weeks with us. She taught basic english to the kids and youngs. At the same time, she worked with women, and organized some workshops about family planning. Her help, and participation was very appreciated in the community.

Robyn and kids in the field near to the cummunal house, and entrance road

Robyn and kids at the communal house

Robyn and girls

Robyn and class


Romario, Saenz, Emilio, Bebeto

Kids from Buen Pastor

Buen Pastor kids

Buen Pastor kids

Eduardo Rios

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1-Week Program

June 13, 2006 in Participant program by daperu

This program is designed for participants planning to stay 1 week with us. Activities are flexible during the week-days.


Not included food, and board.


Between the weeks of February and March.

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