Amazonian Traditional Plant Medicine Internship Ecuador
The Amazon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world! The main indigenous group in the region, the Kichwa nation, is known for using natural healing and plant medicine to treat everything from colds to chronic illnesses and wounds. Interns work in the Napo province, centered around the main city of Tena. This province is home to many natural healers, herbalists, and medicine people that are working hard to preserve their traditions.
- Live with a host family that uses plant medicine and traditional healing practices
- Learn about Amazonian herbalism, traditional medicine and farming practices
Depending on the placement, opportunity to make salves, tinctures, balms, and more; observe and/or participate in traditional cleansings; plant medicinal plants in agroforestry farms.
- Collaborate on projects that disseminate knowledge of indigenous, traditional medicine
- Identify medicinal plants and understand their importance in traditional medicine
- Collaborate on projects to assist healers and medicine men in disseminating information about traditional medicine and support their goal of preserving their culture
- Contribute to work in the chakra (traditionally-planted agroforestry farm) by planting, weeding, and harvesting
- Create and/or clear trails in medicinal plant gardens or chakras with locals
- Support eco-tourism projects and guide visitors as they learn about medicinal plants and traditional medicine practices
Interns live with host families, allowing them to forge meaningful connections with locals during their time in the Amazon.
Dates of program:
Duration of program:
4 weeks minimum
Adults of both sexes 18+
US$350 per week. The fee includes pre-departure support, host family stay and three meals per day, the internship placement with on-the-ground support, 24/7 emergency support from our team, and more.
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